View Full Version : Dream Team Loses to Argentina
Perhaps if they played some team ball, they would have won. Stupid, cocky NBA players... :disa:
09-05-2002, 08:33 AM
It was bound to happen sooner or later.
By the way... I think it is bit of a stretch to call these players a "Dream Team." Afterall, most of them are not household names like teams of the past.
09-05-2002, 08:55 AM
I don't think they had their heart in it. Too cocky indeed...oh well I'm sure they'll end up in Trivial Pursuit as what USA "Dream Team" lost in international competition.
09-05-2002, 09:29 AM
Yeah, this years team has no chemistry. Of all the guys playing, I wouldn't pick any of them as my 1st round pick.
09-05-2002, 09:38 AM
But still, it does put a damper on USA talent. Back in the day, the US used to win with college players. Now while this years team is not the best of the best, they are all borderline all-stars.
I give a helluva lot of credit to Argentina...play team ball, set picks, make your open shots, and you can beat the "dunkmasters" of the NBA.
09-05-2002, 09:42 AM
Granted, these aren't the best of the best of the NBA, but they do have a few exceptional players, most obviously PAUL PIERCE. Its general concensus that he is a top 10 player, if not a top 5 player.
Have any of you watched the games? The U.S. team did not lose only because of "lack of heart", they lost because they were taken by surprise. Also, internatinonal talent IS improving.
I for one give them props for showing up in the first place. For those that didn't (Kobe, Shaq, T-MAC, etc...AI was never asked), who chose to rest over summer (that's their perrogative), hopefully it'll serve as inspiration to represent their country next time.
09-05-2002, 09:49 AM
Originally posted by DarkFury
This is DEFINITELY NOT the "Dream Team"...
That classification is only given to teams comprised solely of NBA "SuperStars"... The USA Basketball team is pretty much the "up and coming" stars of the NBA (Outside of Reggie Miller...), therefore I don't think it's quite fair to say that the "Dream Team" got beat...
Put Shaq, Kobe, Iversen, Vince Carter, Kevin Garnett, Jason Kidd, and a few other REAL stars out there (active mind ya... cause Jordan is ALWAYS a "Dream Team" player), and THEN you can say "Dream Team". :D
09-05-2002, 10:03 AM
:disa: sad sad sad....
09-05-2002, 10:43 AM
I use the term "Dream Team" very very very...hmmm..."quoted". :P
09-05-2002, 11:12 AM
09-05-2002, 11:19 AM
Perhaps they should go back to the college kids. The college guys will probably play harder then the pro athletes, and probably play better team ball. Look at the NBA now, do these players even know how to play team offense and defense anymore?
09-07-2002, 03:36 AM
sooo... i don't THINK this has been posted yet...
but team usa has lost their second game in a row, to yugoslavia... :disa:
on the bright side, GO PEJA AND VLADE! :D
As DarkFury pointed out this isn't the US's top players. Some of whom were injured while others showed no interest in this. There are other reasons too. Read Basketball's New World Order (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A43001-2002Sep5.html)
09-07-2002, 10:02 PM
check it out. lost again to spain. didn't score in the last 2:30 minutes. spain had a 9-0 run. sad.
09-07-2002, 10:16 PM
thats embarrassing...those players should take pay cuts and get a spanking for losing...:yell: :2far:
09-07-2002, 10:19 PM
that's just horrible, man... they shouldn't be losing THIS bad...
09-08-2002, 09:18 AM
OK, I can understand maybe 1 loss, given the fact that US talent is slapped together w/less than a month to practice together, but 3 losses? Humiliating!
I think the blame lies not with the team, but with ESPN. While our kids are watching highlights of "tomahawk reverse 360" slam-dunks, the Euros are actually learning how to pass, set picks, and shoot from the outside.
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