2010 FIBA World Championship: Predicting Team USA’s 2012 Roster

September 15th, 2010 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
The United States' uproarious Gold Medal finish Sunday night in Istanbul mostly fell on deaf ears back home. Coverage of the monumental, redeeming triumph, from sea to shining sea, was as scant as a G-String.

Team USA boss Jerry Colangelo had to shame ESPN into sending a live broadcast crew to Turkey, so Mark Kestecher and Fran Fraschilla would stop calling the action from a studio in Bristol, Conn., according to Sports Illustrated writer Jack McCallum. 

The Houston Chronicle, which serves the fourth, soon-to-be-third, largest metro area in the country, did not tease the Associated Press story and tournament recap on the front page, or even on the front of the sports section. You can guess which game took precedence.

I heard zero mentions of the accomplishment on any radio sports flashes. Not even a sentence. The U.S., mind you, had not won this event since 1994.

In most nations, the World Championship matters more than the Olympics. Consider it basketball's version of the World Cup.

We're America, damn it, and we're better than everybody else, even if our climbing national deficit say ...

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