August 20, 2007

The "Why" behind Team USA's recent international woes. : However, the article fails to tackle the biggest question, does anyone in the States really care anymore?

posted by gradys_kitchen to basketball at 03:46 PM - 7 comments

I for one still do (therefore the posting) although the reasons in the article aren't very revealing for anyone reasonably versed in FIBA's rules, but a good lesson for those who are not. Point of it all for me at least .. it would be refreshing to see the U.S. flex some international muscle since basketball like baseball is our export. Even more exciting would be some fan enthusiam.

posted by gradys_kitchen at 03:52 PM on August 20, 2007


posted by sickleguy at 06:04 PM on August 20, 2007

I definitely still care, but, for me, the more pressing question is: is Charlie Rosen a genius who understands basketball better than the ghost of James Naismith, or is he nuts?

posted by yerfatma at 06:10 PM on August 20, 2007

Nuttier than squirrel poo. Not even my basketball insane 17 year old cares about Team USA this year.

posted by irunfromclones at 08:08 PM on August 20, 2007

I think I'm more confident in the Globetrotters than Team USA.

posted by jasonspaceman at 10:27 AM on August 21, 2007

I stopped caring about Team USA's performance a while ago. The differences between the NBA and international rules simply make for a different game, and the necessary adjustments are enough to wipe out the (increasingly smaller) edge that American players have over their foreign counterparts. Can't say I care for the FIBA rules, either. A trapezoidal lane?!?!

posted by Venicemenace at 02:35 PM on August 21, 2007

I don't think there is a Team USA, just a bunch of Me USAs running around on the floor together.

posted by graymatters at 05:29 PM on August 21, 2007

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