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      09-01-2006, 11:23 AM   #1
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FIBA Semifinal: Greece-101 USA-95

First off congrats to Greece for playing an excellent game. They executed brilliantly and embarrassed our defense with the same play all game.

Once again we have the most talent on the floor but we manage to:

A) Play piss poor defense
B) Shoot incredibly bad (59% from the FT line!? -- I don't even wanted to talk about their 3pt. shooting.)

These kinds of results aren't a surprise anymore. Until team USA learns how to shoot, play defense, and team basketball again we will be merely a talented competitive team that will no longer threaten for gold medals or championships.
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      09-01-2006, 11:40 AM   #2
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Actually, they know how to play all that. What they need is to realize they are now playing for their country not for $10M as they are used to. Look at Dirk or Gasol, all over the place. Our boys looked like they were afraid of any potential injuries to their expensive body parts...
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Once again we have the most talent on the floor but we manage to:
sounds like you are contradicting yourself. If they are the most talented, should they be playing for gold and not bronze? Basketball is not just about dunking or layups. You need to practice outside shooting. Greece killed them from the outside, there was no chance for defense if they drop 3 pts from outside. US deserve to go home empty handed.
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I love it when USA basketball loses.
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I find it interesting how one loss makes the US team such a disappointment (and I'm a non-american). I agree that their goal was gold, as it should be, but 7-1 is pretty good. I mean, if you look at the NBA, even the worst teams win 20 games a year, meaning that on any given night, any team can beat any other team.

If it were a 7 game series the US would have taken it 4-1.

It's like March Madness - upsets happen all the time, and usually just because the higher seeded team had a bad game.
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sounds like you are contradicting yourself
How am I contradicting myself?

Just because you're the most talented team, doesn't always mean you win.
It's just excruciating watching a team with superior talent screw up.

I am in total agreemnet with about the dunk/layup comment and our shooting.
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I find it interesting how one loss makes the US team such a disappointment.

I didn't make this post because of one loss.


Team USA bball hasn't done jack shit since 2000. It's been 6 years of embarrassing results and dissappointments.
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[quote=LH1][quote=Hawkshaw]I find it interesting how one loss makes the US team such a disappointment.
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I didn't make this post because of one loss.


Team USA bball hasn't done jack shit since 2000. It's been 6 years of embarrassing results and dissappointments.
Can you imagine Jordan, Magic, Bird, Barkley, Robinson, Ewing, Karl Malone, Scottie Pippen, Chris Mullin Clyde Drexler, and John Stockton losing to Greece?

No fucking way.

The problem with today's athletes is that they just don't give a shit.

Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and the likes couldn't stand losing at ANYTHING.

No, I'm glad the USA team lost.
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greece was just the better team. hope the US change theyre attitude in international meets
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