"I think the decision was correct and fair. Look, when Doug Collins scored to put his team ahead 50-49, there were three seconds left, the clock showed 19:57. Ivan Edeshko put the ball inbounds and I was close to mid-court and the table was behind my back. I got hands on the ball and almost at the same time the siren stopped the game. But it wasn't the end of the game, it was a mistake because the clock now showed 19:59. There was a second left and we protested a lot because it was an obvious mistake. Time had to start running when I touched the ball, not when Edeshko passed the ball. After some moments on court that seemed to have no end for us, Jones raised his three fingers and signaled that they had those three seconds had to be played again. The rest is history... This time Edeshko passed the ball to Aleksandar Belov who faked for two American players to jump and managed to score the basket that gave us the Olympic gold."
"I got a call from the USSR Sports Minister, Sergei Pavlov, and he literally said 'From this moment, you are the USSR national team coach' and I rejected it on the spot. The Minister insisted and he repeated his offer constantly. Gomelskiy found out about the issue and through his connections he made it that the KGB wouldn't allow me to leave the country for several years... I was an officer in the Soviet army and it was easy to do that. Those were the worst years of my life and now I can say that for five years I even feared for my life!"