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FIBA Americas Championship (Olympic Basketball Qualifier)

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Armchair_QB, Aug 23, 2007.

  1. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member


    Not sure how much interest there is in this but I thought I'd start the topic.

    Top two teams earn a trip to the Olympics next year. Teams 3-5 qualify for a last chance Olympic qualifier next year.

    Pool A
    Puerto Rico

    Pool B
    U.S. Virgin Islands

    Play started yesterday

    Kobe, LeBron and Co. torched Venezuela 112-69 in their opener and play the poor defenseless USVI tonight.

    Mexico, coached by Nolan Richardson, whacked Puerto Rico in its opener. Uruguay beat Panama and Brazil beat Canada.

    Argentina is currently drilling Uruguay in the first game today.

    Argentina's missing most of it's top players. Brazil is too. This should be a walkover for the U.S. but the Worlds should have been too.
  2. Twoback

    Twoback Active Member

    Brazil has Nene, Barbosa and Tiago Splitter. I'd say they can survive without Varejao.
  3. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Argentina rolled Uruguay and Canada beat Venezuela in the afternoon session.

    Puerto Rico plays Panama in the opener of the evening session.
  4. Beef03

    Beef03 Active Member

    I realize the Canadians chances are very slim to medal at the tournament, although they should advance out of their pool, but what would happen to their chances if Steve Nash was on the court for them?

    BTW I do realize the chances of him playing internationally again are next to nil at the best.
  5. Chuck~Taylor

    Chuck~Taylor Active Member

    I know people are going to call me a fan boy for this but US + Kobe= tournament winner. Argentina might be tough, but the US should take care of business(I know, you've heard this before but they're really[i/] good right now).

    P.S. Samuel Dalembert plays for Canada as well.
  6. Googlaw

    Googlaw Member

    Carmello Anthony is goooood.
  7. kingcreole

    kingcreole Active Member

    Whoopdee-fucking-doo. We've beaten Venezuela and now whipping the Virgin Islands. Winning this tournament (not a given) means shit. I want Olympic gold.
  8. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    No, it doesn't mean "shit."

    To win Olympic gold, the U.S. has to take the attitude that it is going to fucking destroy anybody and everybody who gets in its way. Including Venezuela, the Virgin Islands, Canada and Brazil.

    The reason we lose is that for 15 years now (yes, starting with the sainted Dream Team, which in hard fact, ridiculously underachieved, walking through its games at half-speed), the objective of USA Basketball has been to see just how lazily and unagressively our teams can get away with playing, and still have a chance to win.

    For 15 years, we've acted like we don't really care if we win FIBA zone tournaments, we've acted like we don't really care if we win the Pan Ams, we've acted like we don't care if we win the World University Games, we've acted like we don't really care if we win the World Championships, and we've acted like we don't really care if we win the Olympics. It's time to start acting like we care again, and not being satisfied unless we utterly blast all challengers completely off the court.
  9. Googlaw

    Googlaw Member

    UNDERACHIEVED!?!?!?!? How?!?!?! The greatest basketball team ever assembled underachieved?!?!?! What did you want them to do? Win every game 200-0?
  10. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Somebody please tell me why it is so important that we blow everybody off the court in a basketball tournament?
    Are we really so insecure that we need to get off on a fucking meaningless basketball tournament?
  11. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

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  12. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    You're right, doc. Only morans really get worked up about this.
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