|Dusko Savanovic joined the Serbia national team only last year, in the Eurobasket Division A Qualifying|
Dusko Savanovic has a message for the United States.
This summer, Savanovic played with Serbia at the FIBA World Championship in Turkey and lost a heart-breaking Semi-Final to the tournament hosts in overtime, which prevented them from taking on the United States in the title game.
"In my opinion," Savanovic said to Basketball World News, "sure we could have beaten the United States. Definitely. They are more athletic, but we're smarter."
As it was, the United States took a new team to Turkey and didn't lose a game under coach Mike Krzyzewski.
The team played great defense and had a true superstar in Kevin Durant, the MVP of the tournament.
The summer was a good one for Serbia because they had the youngest team in Turkey and still reached the last four - one year after snatching an unexpected silver medal at the EuroBasket in Poland.
Savanovic says he and his teammates took a step forward.
"Definitely," he said.
"We lost the game for the bronze medal (to Lithuania) against Turkey because we were just emotionally empty after.
"We were so young and didn't have the experience to get over the disappointment of losing to Turkey.
"We showed everyone what Serbia is capable of. We're a young team. But it was a good summer for me because I got an opportunity to show that I can play. I wasn't in the team last year. I came ready after the ACB."