The experienced coach Velimir Perasovic took the blame for Croatia's elimination.
"I take the responsibility for the elimination. It's my fault. I want to say that I quit. Besides, my contract ends this season. Our performance was awful. I am disappointed. We have to apologize to our fans. We didn't react. That was irritating and made me nervous. Czech Republic was a better team and won fairly. We didn't do what we should on offense and we had many turnovers. It's a bitter defeat. One of my worst days in basketball. Maybe the worst. Thomas was injured. That's why he didn't play" Perasovic said.