“There’s some unrest within the team,” Mexico’s head coach Arturo Guerrero admitted. “Beck started taking shots against five defensive players. That clearly bothered our guys.”
Hearing these complaints about his game, Romel Beck spent the next two games Kobe-Bryanting, selfishly being unselfish to prove a point.
The result of Mexico’s second game? Mexico got blown out by 55 points, losing to Canada 95-40.
The 40 points scored by Mexico in that game was the lowest scoring outcome by any team in a FIBA Americas Championship. Beck shot 1 for 9 from the field that game before Guerrero benched him after only 19 minutes on the floor.
“What can I say?” Guerrero said. “It’s an embarrassment. Tonight was the most embarrassing [moment of my career].”
In Mexico’s next game against the U.S. Virgin Islands, Beck was inserted into the game and was purposely not looking to shoot the ball during his five minutes of play. The 6-7 swingman was re-benched.
Beck’s behavior in the last two games prompted Guerrero to ask the Mexican Federation to remove Beck from the team. The Mexican Federation of Basketball agreed, sending Beck home before their game four loss against Uruguay.
“A lot of young players are seeing this as a business opportunity.” Guerrero said.