TAG: 2012 London Olympics

NBA, Olympics, Overseas, Video / Aug 10, 2012 / 2:00 pm

Manu Ginobili Says Argentina Has A 5-10 Percent Chance Of Beating The United States

Manu Ginobili

Team USA is just two wins away from winning a gold medal and continuing their dominance in the international competition. Before they can get to Sunday’s gold medal game, they must get past Argentina yet again, as today’s game will be the team’s third meeting in the last three weeks. Read More »

Olympics, Overseas, Video / Aug 6, 2012 / 10:30 am

Australia’s Patty Mills Nails A Buzzer-Beating Three-Pointer To Upset Russia

Patty Mills, the former second round draft pick of the Portland Trail Blazers and current San Antonio Spur, seems to have a knack for the big time. He was at it again earlier this morning, as his Australian team took on the Russians in their last game of group play. Australia was down 80-79 with 4.1 seconds remaining when he inbounded the ball to the right corner. Except the Russians committed a cardinal sin and lost track of the inbounder, as Mills caught the ball at the top of the key off of a screen and nailed a three as time expired. Read More »

Olympics / Jul 30, 2012 / 12:30 pm

Video: Australia Sends Olympic Game Against France To Overtime On Half-Court Buzzer Beater

Aussie shot

The French women were leading the Aussies by three points with 3.3 seconds to go, with a chance to clinch the game on the next free throw make. But in classic March Madness fashion, the free throw rimmed out and Australia grabbed the rebound, needing to go the length of the court. Belinda Snell caught the outlet pass on the left sideline, took one dribble, and found herself just short of half-court and double teamed. No matter. Read More »

Olympics / Jul 24, 2012 / 11:00 am

Is Anything Really Wrong With Team USA? Yes And No

Team USA

Team USA (photo. Sean Sweeney)

I always perceived Olympic basketball as little more than some self-aggrandizing cake walk for the United States. USA basketball is markedly better than that of the rest of the world, yet we have this incessant need to constantly humiliate other countries under the purported guise of competition and worldwide cooperation. Where this peculiar insecurity comes from, well that’s a good question. Maybe it’s some perverted notion of patriotism, that athletic dominance is somehow an illustration of something more, even when it’s not. Basketball is basketball, and that’s seemingly hard to swallow. Read More »