A month and a half of training and sweat and friendly matches for the national team of Ukraine was completed. Yesterday our basketball players after a solemn wires near the hotel “Rus”, where he lived in Kiev, went to Latvia. However, with more than two-hour delay – due to smoke, especially in the area of Boryspil airport, flight to Riga first moved from 14:05 to 15:45, and then another half an hour. And unlike the times American mentor Mike fratello, when the team flew on charters, wards Evgeny Murzin used by regular flight.
WITHOUT TREMBLING AT THE KNEES
In the morning, journalists, officials and a few dozen fans at the entrance to the hotel arranged a small tube, causing confusion among residents. Although one of them, cheerful pensioner from Argentina in a black t-shirt with a Trident, having learned who escorted contracted fan mood and began to collect autographs on the newly printed calendar of the national team.
The guys were in good spirits. Captain giant Kyrylo Fesenko in reply, half-jokingly thanked the Minister for good conditions for training and… daily. And then stated that, judging by how calmly and confidently its partners are interviewed, the excitement, the team should avoid. Confirmed it to us and debutant from Dnipro Stas timofeyenko: “I Think we prepared well, and no trembling at the knees we have no”. A naturalized American Jerome Randle bored, she stood to one side, occasionally being distracted by autographs, and told us that he feels great, and maintain it at Eurobasket will come to his wife.
After a stuffy Kiev, the capital of Latvia met our Sunny but cool weather (18 degrees). And in the next week, when they host the group stage, in Riga expect regular rains. After a protracted move last night, the Ukrainians hardly took advantage of the offer of the organizers to conduct training, and today to practice them during the day will provide the training hall, and in the evening – the main arena. Our first match will play on Saturday with the main favorites of the group D – Lithuania.