Prior to the 2008 Olympics,I was looking forward to Team USA coming together as a talented basketball team, not talented individuals but a team, to put USA hoops back at the top of the heap in the international hoop game.
But I was also hoping for a little drama along the way. Sheesh. Today, the U.S. ballers destroyed Germany, 106-57, to remain undefeated in anticipation of the medal round. Next.
This team will have to take its foot off the gas for Argentina or any other team to beat them in this Olympics. Heading into the Beijing games, a Team USA loss wouldn't have been an upset, but now it would be.
Congrats to LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade and friends, along with Coach K, for putting in the effort to do whatever it takes to dominate the international game. A doing it in a style that has focused a much-needed positive light on the players and the NBA.
And no, I'm not worried about a let down. This team has a calm, yet determined focus to seize this opportunity which includes a willingness to defend that masks any deficiencies the international game may have exposed in past tournaments.
I don't think it hurts that the players have bought into the Olympics this time around, either. Their mindset has been fortified by sitting in the stands and watching Michael Phelps and the swimmers come up big, or beach volleyball do what they do. The hoopers appreciate the value of gold and appear willing to make their own impression on these games and celebrate on top of the medal podium.