September 05, 2002

NBA-powered U.S. team finally falls: The basketball universe changed forever Wednesday night. Argentina pulled off a victory that until recently was considered nearly impossible, defeating the United States 87-80 in the World Championships. It was the first loss for a U.S. team in 59 games since the Americans began sending NBA players to international tournaments in 1992.

posted by RGarraud to basketball at 10:17 PM - 8 comments

Sorry, man. But it's been done.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:52 PM on September 05, 2002

Here's some fresher news. The USA basketball team is out, beaten by Yugoslavia. How is this possible? I suppose it has happened because we sent great baskeball players--not dominant basketball players.

posted by jacknose at 11:01 PM on September 05, 2002

Poor George Karl. I wonder if these losses hurt more than when Denver knocked his Sonics out of the playoffs a few years ago. (Remember Dikembe Mutumbo flat on his back celebrating?)

posted by shackbar at 11:08 PM on September 05, 2002

Thanks jacknose, from someone who doesn't have a TV. Not that surprising that it would happen from Yugoslavia. They've always been 'contenders'. Still glad to see Reggie Miller choke in front of his hometown. (personal thing). Plus, this makes the tournament a hell of a lot more interesting.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:37 PM on September 05, 2002

oops, didn't realize this was old news.

posted by RGarraud at 11:39 PM on September 05, 2002

(after reading Jacknose's profile) -- of course, no offense intended towards any SpoFiers!

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:42 PM on September 05, 2002

btw, it's cool, RGarraud. I would just recommend looking over the past few posts (at least since said event occured) before posting a new FPP (the other one was just 5 posts ago. No biggie, though.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:17 AM on September 06, 2002

Ufez, I love the Pacers but have always felt a bit ambivalent about Miller. He comes through big at times but falters too often for my liking. If you don't follow the Pacers and only watch his heroics on ESPN, he looks great. But he has never been able to lead the team to the promise land. He's too reliant on picks. I'm looking forward to the next generation of Pacers. Of course, as long as he is a Pacer, I'll put up with him and even defend him if I have to, so back off! But really it's all good. You're free to dislike the man.

posted by jacknose at 10:28 AM on September 07, 2002

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