The Slovenia men’s basketball team didn’t medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
But Luka Doncic and co. still received a hero’s welcome home.
“I need to learn from this, we all need to learn from this,” Doncic said. “But at the same time, we’re in the top four in the world. Slovenia, 2 million people.”
Plenty of fans in Slovenia shared that attitude, cheering the team’s arrival to the airport. Unlike the NBA’s championship-or-bust culture, the Olympics offer a cool dynamic where the top three finishers are celebrated.
And, sometimes, fourth is special, too.