Rio Olympics: Brian Kerle give US Dream Team a serve | The Courier-Mail

Australian basketball legend Brian Kerle has called for the US team to “man up”

Brayden Heslehurst, Quest Newspapers

August 11, 2016 2:59pm

Kerle, who represented Australia at the 1972 Munich Olympics, made the call after Dream Team superstar Paul George labelled the Boomers “dirty” after their clash in Rio this morning.

Australia were at their physical best and pushed the star-studded U.S. all the way before falling 98-88 in their first loss of the Rio Olympics.

George even received a technical foul just minutes into the match after a foul from Boomers guard Matthew Dellavedova.

But Kerle said there was nothing wrong with the Boomers’ style of play and called it “just tough, international basketball”.

“This is international basketball not prep school,” he said.

“If the kitchen is too hot get out.

“Don’t complain. Play like men, act like men and be a man.”

The Boomers have shown they are serious contenders to win their first medal in Olympic competition after wins over France and Serbia and almost beating the U.S.

“I thought we played hard and had our chances,” Boomers forward Cameron Bairstow said.

“However the rebounding gave them too many second chances for a team like that.

“We were confident to begin with, we know the type of team we have and will continue striving for our ultimate goal.”

Former Boomers assistant coach and current Illawarra Hawks NBL coach Rob Beveridge also praised the way Australia went about taking on the world’s best team.

“A lot of players are very precious and simply don’t like it when we stand up to them,” he said.

“I can show you plenty of tape of dirty players from the USA and other countries. It is was it is.”

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