Bring on the world.
Team USA left Athens yesterday primed and ready for the FIBA World Championships after easily dispatching with host Greece, 87-59.
There were no DNP-CDs for Team USA which means Danny Granger played, logging about 15 minutes and adding 3 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals to the cause. Local legend Eric Gordon continued carving out a more significant role on the team by seizing every minute of playing time he's afforded. Yesterday EJ pumped in 18 points in 21 minutes off the bench, using that pure shooting stroke to knock down 4 of 7 three-pointers.
Gordon has never had a problem scoring points and he's tapped into that ability to move from an expected cut earlier in the process to the point now where he is the key "microwave" offensive punch off the bench heading in the the WC tournament.
After the jump, more links with Team USA stories and highlights and Paul George having some fun dunking.
- AP - Gordon, U.S. wrap up exhibition tour with win over Greece
- USA vs. Greece Highlight Video
Paul George - Just having a lil fun back home with my boys after hoopin! - TwitVid
Paul George wrapped up a day in the gym by working on some stylish dunks.
Relative unknowns head to Istanbul as Team USA
Mitch Lawrence offers his thoughts on a far less-heralded U.S. team than we are used to seeing in international competition.
Ranking the power forwards, 10 through 1 - Ball Don't Lie
Kelly Dwyer wraps up his power forward rankings. While the tagging Murph in the majority of the 30 power forward pictures was pure blogging genius, these rankings are a overt reminder that there are no Pacers among the top 30 PFs and with good reason.