Skip to comments.USA Men's Basketball Team (Warning: Spoiler)
Posted on 08/15/2004 10:54:31 AM PDT by technomage
The USA Men's Basketball team is losing by 22 points at the half to Puerto Rico. This is the largest deficit ever faced by a USA Olympic Basketball team since they went to NBA players.
Only one team showed up to play in the first half.
This bunch stinks. We'd be better served with a talented group of amateurs who learned to play as a team. (Of course that's almost unheard of in the U.S. any longer.)
China throws a hissy fit and won't allow Taiwan, for which it offers nothing but hostility, to do any of these things.
If Puerto Rico goes on to win this basketball game and enough more games for a medal, it will be almost the same as a victory for the United States.
This is what you get when a governing body picks players, no coach input and you think you can just field a team of the guys selling the most in jersey sales and go over and beat the world.
Welcome to reality USA Basketball.
This is the game we USED to play here. Pick and Rolls are now defined in Europe.
This is embarassing for a game that we have absolutely owned.
Next Olympics at least send the college all-stars, at least they play like they care.
To a man, USA Basketball governing body should resign after this Olympics and rethink this NBA-lite approach to international basketball.
Any team with Allan Iverson on it is doomed to failure.
Take note as to what a mod did to the title of your thread.
Team USA Basketball is an amalgam of political correctness. Simply put, White Basketball players need not apply. Get used to the idea that Europeans or Africans will continue to beat Team USA.
The NBA may well be the worst professional sports league in our nation. It is filled with nothing but hip-hop hype. I hate to hear that any team representing our nation is losing.
I root for the US to lose, and he's one of the main reason why. Go Puerto Rico. Go whoever is playing the US b-ball team (as long as NBA players are on the team).
Iverson has a way of pissing off the entire team with his "I'm the greatest" attitude.
Any team with Allan Iverson on it is doomed to failure.
I'll second that!!
Yup, I saw that but have not yet figured out the reasoning or the new headline.
Well, having NBA players in the Olympics isn't wrong for the simple reason that they are professionals. It is because NBA basketball has totally bastardized the sport -- they travel halfway down the court without getting called, their talent is measured by the spectacular nature of their dunks, etc etc.
It is like having Hulk Hogan enter the greco-roman wrestling competition. This is pretty much a foregone conclusion.
Why post a spoiler warning? It's live on TV in the US.
What happened to the FUNDAMENTALS of the game? They seem to have been forgotten!
Reminds me of an old saying: There is no gravity, the earth sucks.
Not on the west coast...
And only halftime when this was posted.
Yeah, the P.R. team had the nerve to play defense which is like cheating in the NBA.
Forget this bunch of pampered, me-first, losers. The Iraqi soccer team is playing on CNBC.
It's obvious that the millionaire hip-hop hedonists which play for the NBA have spent more time primping than practicing.
I'd must rather have college players. I can't stand the NBA... even to watch players from my school in the league. It's just terrible.
I often analogize the NBA to professional wrestling. From the incompetent referees right down to that animal who choked his coach a few years ago.
Like the announcers have pointed out, the US has no shooters.
International rules makes it much more difficult to drive the lane to the basket, which is what the US players are best at.
< liberal logic > *gasp*, why, why, why you can't say that, that's racists. Alan is an african american who deserves the benifit of the doubt, and should not be judged by his performance. " < / liberal logic >
I don't believe that it's being aired live (as usual) on the left coast.
There's a reason why the NBA folks are drafting high schoolers and Europeans. The Europeans play a team game and drill constantly on fundamentals. The high schoolers are not old enough to be (totally) corrupted by agents and can be taught how to play.
They started dying after John Wooden's retirement.
Actually, this game is being played now, live. It is not tape delayed.
I am actually quite pleased to see that my ultimate dream is being realized: The United States now consistently fields a better team in ice hockey than in basketball for international competition.
If the idiots who handpicked this team didn't see what happened to another gang of talented players who were absolutely destroyed by a team when the Lakers got wiped out by the Pistons, they need to be fired. I give Larry Brown credit for being a good coach, but there's no way he can meld a team from all these egos.
Bring back the college players, and hold tryouts like they used to. And bring back college coaches. If Bob Knight can win the Gold with amateurs, I think Mike Kzrcwewski, or however you spell his name, can too. This "Dream Team" crap is a joke now.
A good USA team would be able to overcome that, and a great USA team (like the original '92 Dream Team) would dominate under any circumstances. This team just plain sucks.
I rather watch the Costa Rica/Iraq soccer match. Much more exciting.
Well, it's like having a baseball team made up only of catchers and shortstops.
Personally, I think if one is so wanting in not knowing any results in advance of watching it, they should not access the 'net........and most certainly not FR.
We've gone thru this same excercise for years now on FR.
Yep - love college basketball. But the NBA is nothing but a hip-hop street ball exhibition.
A minute to go in the 3rd, and we now have more turnovers than field goals.
Actually yes, on the West Coast (where I am). This game is live and being shown now. You can also get the live results on NBCOlympics.com as they are updated about every 30 seconds as the game progresses.
No three giant steps rule in International play.
I turned it to the Iraq/Costa Rica soccer (shudder) match.
Iraq is getting huge cheers.
This group looks like a basketball team made up of catchers and shortstops.
Unless one has satellite ;)
The announcers said they allow an extra step at the end of a drive.
There is no defensive 3 second rule in International play.
I mostly agree, but then again don't forget that the Pistons whipped the Lakers butt this year with their team-oriented approach and solid fundamentals. Pity we couldn't just send that team as our representative.