Alright, this is getting out of hand now.
I’m getting major 2004 vibes from this year’s USA Olympic basketball team. And they need to get this thing straightened out. ASAP.
They lost again last night in an exhibition match against Australia, 91-83, in Las Vegas. That makes them 0-2 in the exhibition period, and now the entire country is giving the team a collective watchful eye.
This is something that we’ve never seen before in the history of United States men’s basketball. Since 1992, when the U.S. sent professionals to play internationally for the first time with the advent of “The Dream Team,” the program had only lost two exhibition games.
They’ve lost two exhibitions in three days now.
Here are facts:
1. The world’s competition is getting better year to year.
2. Team USA is still trying to find a rhythm with each other.
3. Head coach Gregg Popovich is still missing a few key guys who are currently in the NBA Finals.
Another fact: Other countries have no business defeating the United States even with all of those factors that I just presented! Australia and Nigeria could both be good Olympic teams in Tokyo, but if you’re telling me that those teams are good enough to beat Dame Lillard, Kevin Durant, Bradley Beal, and a host of other All-NBA level talent, you’re sadly mistaken.
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