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  1. Is there any doubt? I think I told everybody about this kid a few years ago, no?
  2. You need to watch more basketball, especially of the NBA variety. If you don't know why Rose is the second best player on the team, then I won't even bother. I predicted the kid was going to be a US National Team starter three years ago, when he was still in high school....and presto, here he is. Not many pg's in the nba better....certainly not Billups.
  3. The best player in the tournament, based both on performance and ability, was Kevin Durant-no questions asked.The second best player is Derrick Rose. The rest you can quibble about.
  4. I think you all saw that when the US prepares even in the slightest bit for tourneys like these, they win handily-even sending a third or fourth rate squad like they did. Only Durant and Rose can be considered "top tier" NBA players from this FIBA World Championship squad, and the Americans won it hands down. Btw, I predicted Rose would be the US point guard three years ago when I saw him as a high school senior. I also predicted great things for Evan Turner of OSU...and he was College Player of the Year this past year.
  5. I remember Pashos playing in high school for the Porters of Lockport High.
  6. Hey, I agree with you-the dunk is the highest percentage shot in basketball. The world wide perception of it, however, is that it's the special province of the showboating Americans. How taking the absolute highest percentage shot in the game is showboating is beyond me, but hey, that's a topic for another day.
  7. Honestly, looking back, the Yugoslavia team which finished 3rd seems to be more formidable in terms of star power: the late Drazen Petrovic, Toni Kukoc, Vlade Divac, Dino Radja, Zarko Paspalj, Stojan Vrankovic, Aleksandar Djordjevic...these guys all played in the NBA or were drafted by NBA teams in an era where drafting Euros was relatively infrequent. The USSR team had Volkov and Marciulionis from players that played in the NBA, though most of the Yugoslavians had more distinguished NBA careers and even some all-star appearances. Of course, we finished 1st with no NBA players, though Gali
  8. Spanoulis, Papaloukas, Diamantidis, Fotsis, Vasilopoulos, Tsartsaris, Bourousis, Printezis. Basketball 101 and 102 are "fundamental skills" which aren't really European traits. The Americans have mastered both. Euro players have mastered the penetrate and kick back, but that sometimes leaves them in mid air with nowhere to go. Likewise, the dunk is thought of as American showboating.
  9. Have to agree with drakos.The quality of basketball today in Eurpoe is FAR superior to that 20 years ago. Galis was a BIG star in Europe, but I believe would have struggled mightily in the NBA as a 6'1" shooting guard. He lasted until the fourth round of the NBA draft, for precisely that reason. Giannakis was a 9th round choice. Very limited player for a point guard. Fasoulas was a stiff. Couldn't start even at NC State. IMO, Greece right now has at least 8 guys that could play in the NBA in a regular rotation. Not even close to being the case 20 years ago.
  10. Congrats to you for admitting the obvious.I tip my hat to you, as well as paxiotis.
  11. Kobe is playing with ligament damage in his shooting hand. To call one of the top two or three basketball players on the planet one of the most overrated of all time is a stretch, to say the least. Secondly, the ONLY difference between this team and past teams, in terms of TEAM play, is that they have had TWO YEARS to PREPARE. Not 2-3 weeks like with ALL other teams in the past, including the '06 side. The US is the ONLY National Team I'm aware of that makes wholesale changes to their roster AND coaching staff EVERY tournament. That changed ONLY the last two years with the advent of the Oly
  12. Here's a little something which I found in another forum from a Canadian poster who knows a thing or two about basketball: I think the above accurately depicts what is going on in these boards as well.
  13. That's fine. I'll respect your wishes and opinion. I have no problem with that. Your forum, your rules.However, I will point out the following-if you did follow basketball a bit more closely, you would definitely understand where the implied racism and anti-Americanism comes in. Nothing EXPRESSLY said, but all it takes is reading just a WEE bit between the lines, and some common sense. In any event, that's another topic, so I'll leave it at that.
  14. Genome,If you can kindly answer the question I posed earlier, then that's where your answer would lie. Namely: ....answer me this as truthfully as possible-If I told you there was a basketball team out there that beat Spain by 37, Greece by 23, Lithuania by 35, Germany by 49, Australia by 11, Angola by 20, China by 35, Canada by 55, Russia by 20, and Australia again by 31, all within 2-3 weeks time, and that they wear jerseys with ANYTHING BUT USA printed on the front, what would you say? Results like the aforementioned take OPINION completely out of ANY discussion on the topic. What differ
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