I have a question.
Is it time to lower our expectations of American men’s USA basketball?
And when I say that, I don’t mean that we shouldn’t come to the Olympics and the World Championships as expected, but I did. Am The saying goes that the days of dominating the rest of the world and playing semi-competitive gold medal games when we win by 8-12 points are over.
I just saw that the United States lost its first game to France in Tokyo. This was the first loss for Team America in Group America since Athens in 2004. This is not the end of the world. It was just a group play and the United States still has a chance to claim gold. However, if you add exhibitions, this is the third loss in 5 games for the USA squad.
The fact of the matter is that teams around the world have more comedy because they play together for longer. The distance between their best players and the best players in America is shrinking every day. You pair it with the fact that international sportsmanship, shot making and fitness are being predicted more than raw athletic ability, and you can see how the playing field has been leveled.
I mean, Ivan Fournier guided all the players to score in the game with 28 points and Kevin Durant gave the team to the USA team today. Point production almost tripled. These games are becoming more and more about who is making and touching America rather than taking advantage of the competition, and that’s what’s getting scarier. Although Team USA still has more general skills, the unity and solidarity of some of these other countries is bridging this gap, especially when we keep these teams with only one month of practice, sometimes less. ۔
Team USA’s dreams have come a long way, but it looks like it’s going to be a much harder road than many expected. They will need to mesh very fast and find a right number one option depending on their defense. Instead of focusing on these three point shots, they need to use their own athleticism to get more opportunities on the basketball.
It’s going to take a lot more for this team to be successful and maybe as fans, we should all realize that.