Serbia and Montenegro Coach Resigns After Fracas
September, 21, 2005
This is unreal. The most talented team in Europe has become a freak show resulting in the resignation of coach Zeljko Obradovic. CBS Sportsline describes the unraveling of a powershouse:
France beat Serbia-Montenegro 74-71 Tuesday to reach the quarterfinals, eliminating the hosts and reigning world champions with a 2-2 record.
Team captain Dejan Bodiroga, center Zeljko Rebraca of the Los Angeles Clippers and Dejan Tomasevic also announced they were quitting the national squad.
Obradovic blamed the team's "catastrophic play" on his feuding players.
He said Marko Jaric of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Igor Rakocevic of Real Madrid had a fist fight after the loss to France, as did Tomasevic and forward Vladimir Radmanovic of the Seattle SuperSonics.
"The players had bad personal relations, their egos led to this shameful end," Obradovic said. "My mistake was not throwing three or four of them off the team. They hate each other so much that they don't even look at each other. I've never seen such people before."
Asked if he would stay on as head coach, Obradovic said: "That would lead me straight to a madhouse. I'm already ready for an asylum. That's how I feel. I wish my successor lots and lots of luck!"