It seemed like a lot better idea before Argentina had to bench Manu and immediately went down 20. Plus, I like Delfino a little bit, but when he's the 3rd piece of your big three, you may be in trouble.
Manu knows that this is his last Olympic with Argentina.
Man everytime I see Scola play I get this pain inside, he would have been so nice here, I just can't let it go :mad:
c'mon K, what's it take for Davis to get some burn
Feel so bad for Manu. He's such a great basketball player. Hopefully they get the Bronze.
Team USA is still head and shoulders above everyone else. Spain squeaks by Russia while the US blows out Argentina. I don't see the Spaniards hanging with us this time.
This may sound strange, but I really, really wish Spain had Rubio healthy. What an awesome game that would be. Even still, I don't think we blow them to pieces, but with a healthy Rubio...I'm a little scared.
FIBA says U-23 is unlikely, at least for the next Olympics.
FIBA chief Patrick Baumann, secretary general of the sport's international governing body, said Saturday: "My feeling is that we will not be proposing a 23 age limit for the 2016 Olympic Games."
"The NBA has come up with the idea to go with under 23 and at the same time to promote younger athletes," Baumann said. "And also to make a (distinction) between the (new) World Cup and the Olympic Games (by making only the World Cup open to NBA players of all ages).
"From FIBA's perspective, we understand the perspective from USA Basketball and the NBA," Baumann continued. "I'm not sure (we) necessarily have the same idea, but we understand the owners' concerns."
(thank God, Olympics format > World Cup and will stay that way until there are 25+ teams in the world at least at Lithuania/Greece level or higher; now there are probably 10 or 11)
Speaking of soccer, how about this gold medal game?
Shaping up to be a repeat of 2008. Id start sending the press anytime now, Krzyzewski. Spain is waaaaay too comfortable feeding the post.
I do love how running through a guys legs on a 3 is perfectly legal.
Congrats, boys. You're golden again.
BTW, LeBron is going to get a lot of press from this game, but Chris Paul was the guy that kept everyone from losing their cool.
Paul was targeted with every cheap shot imaginable in the second half, never got the benefit of a whistle, and despite that he stayed calm and directed the offense to near perfection.
BTW, I'd like to thank coach K and Kobe and LeBron of all people, for spearheading the culture shift of USA basketball back to its original dream team roots of playing with genuine love for the game and being ambassadors of the sport on the world stage.
We definitely won't see Krzyzewski or Kobe again, though I think we can coax one more Olympics out of LeBron.
My vote for the next coach is Poppovich.
We have an amazing wealth of basketball riches in this country.
This was so much fun to watch.
And in the end the U.S. easily beats China in both gold medals and total medals. Beijing was a fluke for the Chinese as the host country usually sees a large boost in medals won.