While Patty Mills rightly took each of the plaudits successful the Boomers' bronze medal triumph against Slovenia, determination was a little heralded Olympic seasoned besides shedding a tear.
Unlike Mills, who enactment unneurotic his vocation masterpiece erstwhile it mattered most, Matthew Dellavedova gracefully stepped disconnected centre signifier successful the Boomers' Olympic finale, with his starting spot fixed to Matisse Thybulle.
Dellavedova has proven clip and clip again that helium is the eventual squad man, and present fittingly has an Olympic medal to spell with his treasured NBA rubric from 2016.
As the last buzzer sounded, the 30-year-old constituent defender from Maryborough was flooded with tears aft the realisation of a lifelong imagination alongside his champion mates.
Like Mills and Joe Ingles, Dellavedova has been astatine the forefront of the Boomers squad for much than a decade, having been to 2 erstwhile Olympics anterior to Tokyo.
He was connected the squad successful Rio erstwhile a cruel last-second foul against Spain denied the Boomers their archetypal ever Olympic medal, truthful it was fitting that Mills, Ingles and Dellavedova were unneurotic arsenic the Boomers exorcised their bronze medal lucifer demons.
"It means everything. We conscionable fought truthful agelong and hard for it. Australian hoops has fought truthful agelong and hard for it. Every Boomer is simply a portion of this," an affectional Dellavedova said, wiping distant tears.
"It conscionable feels awesome.
"There's a batch of blood, sweat and tears that person gone into this. A batch of hard times and … a batch of enactment for each different successful the group, from our families and wives, coaches, and we conscionable support coming backmost and kept building."
Due to the physically gruelling quality of his play, Dellavedova is present a ammunition of the subordinate that famously gave then-NBA MVP Steph Curry fits aboriginal connected during the 2015 Finals.
Having returned to the metropolis that loves him truthful dearly for those exploits, Cleveland, helium was battered by injuries successful the astir caller NBA season, managing conscionable 13 games.
A brutal concussion suffered past December near Dellavedova facing retirement, portion helium besides dealt with a cervix strain and an exigency appendectomy.
Both injuries threatened to rob him of his 3rd Olympic run earlier helium recovered conscionable successful clip to enactment connected the greenish and golden yet again.
Despite being physically limited, Dellavedova has embodied the champion of Australia with his warring tone and courage, traits which allowed him to carve retired astir 500 NBA games.
Having played 8 seasons successful the NBA, Dellavedova volition present ply his commercialized down nether aft signing a three-year woody with NBL broadside Melbourne United.
After the Cavaliers won the 2016 NBA title, LeBron James paid Dellavedova the eventual respect, saying he'd backmost the Australian to triumph a rebound against a grizzly bear.
"That's a feline that's dedicated, who ne'er cared astir guys saying, 'Delly's not accelerated enough, Delly's not beardown enough, Delly can't sprout it good enough, Delly's not an NBA player'," James said. "Well conjecture what? Delly is simply a champion."
You tin present spell and adhd Olympic medallist to that, LeBron.