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 »
While Brazil wasn’t able to pull out a win against Argentina yesterday, Leandro Barbosa dropped 23 points and Andres Nocioni. I always give Nocioni credit because the man always plays D, but right here there’s no way around it. He got dropped. Maybe now someone will actually sign Barbosa. Read More »
So Team USA has found their groove. It goes something like this: mess around for a few quarters, and then get one of their guys – preferably Carmelo, Durant or Kobe – hot and watch them drop bombs video game-style from the perimeter. It worked against their last few opponents, and they did it again yesterday in their 119-86 shellacking of Australia in the first medal round game. Team USA took an 11-0 Aussie run to the chin to start the second half, and we actually had a somewhat competitive game through three quarters. Then, the Yanks went on a 45-20 run to end the game, and it started with Kobe Bryant … Read More »
It might be hard to recall, but before Team USA wiped Argentina off the court in the second half, there was a ballgame going on. At this point, when Andre Iguodala missed a dunk because it hit off his shoulder and bounced back through, and then Argentina countered with a triple on the other end for a five-point swing, I was nervous. It didn’t feel like the Americans’ night. Of course, we all know what happened from there, and while Chris Paul probably initially started the run, the energy first came from Iggy. I spent most of this morning looking for his amazing play where he ripped an offensive player, threw a pass between a defender’s legs and then caught a putback slam all on the same possession. Alas, we’ll have to go with this one instead, the team’s biggest blooper of the Olympics. Sorry, Andre. Read More »
Russell Westbrook, to some, is part of the new breed of guards who can attack the rim like a forward but with all the handle of a point. The more I watch him in international play this summer I have to seriously consider what kind of nightmare Westbrook and Derrick Rose together would have caused because they stand apart as their own breed of guard. I know one thing: If John Stockton — unquestionably the best “conventional” point of all time (Magic gets his own category) — made highlights like this in Barcelona he wouldn’t have been invisible in the 1992 crowds. Read More »
Coming off the high from Alex Morgan‘s “Miracle On Grass,” we were more than hyped for the inevitably memorable Team USA/Argentina matchup. Lithuania pushed the Yanks, but no one ever truly believed they’d win, and even if by some lucky bounce that they actually did, it would’ve been chalked up as merely a bad night rather than a sign of things to come. But Argentina? They’re legit. They showed it for a while against Team USA too, until LeBron James and Kevin Durant (28 points) decided to take their games to a level no one else on the world can reach. Read More »
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 »
Aside from keeping Baron Davis looking fresh, Li-Ning is also the official outfitter of the Argentinian National Team. And with the World Championships this Summer, you know they’re going to go all out. Watch out for the entire team rocking Li-Ning gear except for Luis Scola and Manu Ginobili, as they will most likely wear sneakers provided by their respective backers, Anta and Nike.