What happens with the giant favorites for basketball gold at the Olympics is incredible! America stumbles into embarrassment by competitive preparation. The NBA stars, led by Brooklyn megastar Kevin Durant, first lost to Nigeria (!) In Las Vegas 87:90 and then lost 83:91 to Australia (!).
Two bankruptcies in a row? This has never happened since 1992 in the United States – we all remember the famous dream team with Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Co. – the national team had NBA stars.
American basketball players are historically the worst!
Tonight finally got the first hit. 108-80 against Argentina. Reduce frustration! But the charisma of the Dream team’s heirs has not had many big names (including LeBron James) due to numerous rejections, but of course the NBA has been overwhelmed with top stars and has suffered a lot in the last few days.
What are the causes?
Change from NBA to FIBA Rules!
Other teams deal with it better. Americans are used to playing more body in attack. The World Federation does not allow this – but they can still fish after a free throw if they dance in the ring. For example you can’t do that in the NBA. In addition, the triple line and free throw line are different.
Many stars (including Celtic star Jason Todd) are shocked by the referee’s decision. Often you will find them angry and stunned by the referees.
Security without aggression!
With the exception of Tremond Green (Golden State Warriors), none of the defenders actually created it. Coach Greg Bopovich explains that players need a little more rest after a long season. Therefore, it helps to protect players with less pressure. Until now Argentina was in the band until the game …
Very relaxed attitude!
It gives the impression that many stars want to do the “Olympia-Gold” business in a bit. The American media accuses them of being arrogant and arrogant.
Some are looking for their shape!
Four of the ten players who played for Team USA against Australia (Lillard, Peel, Adebayo, Kelton Johnson, fill the list as long as all the stars are there) hit 50 percent or more of their shots from the field.
Devin Booker (Phoenix Sons), Juru Holiday and Chris Middleton (both Milwaukee Bucks) are still missing from the squad as they play in the NBA Finals. You have to go to Japan on a private jet. Problem: You have a long time with hard finals in your bones – then the team has to integrate with the USA through the game.
Your nerves are on the edge!
After the Australia game, Popovich attended an official press conference and confused a journalist who asked critical questions. It is exemplary! It shows that even the coach is far from his best form …
Nigeria have played with seven current NBA players – but in the best league in the world they are all just followers or bench pressers. At the 2012 London Olympics, the United States won by 83 points against Nigeria, and in 2016 they won the friendship by 43 points.
At the 2019 Basketball World Cup, the Americans were seventh under coach Bobovich, recording 9 wins and 5 defeats since he took office! There were defeats against France and Serbia.
Yes, there is still time until the Olympics (July 23 to August 8). Yes, this is about medals first. Yes, until then America can still catch on. But no, a force of NBA stars can’t afford two such awkward test matches! Argentina victory does not say anything …
So it remains to be seen how Team USA will present itself in Tokyo. The memory of the best dream team of 1992 is already suffering a lot due to this USA troop …
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