Total Turnaround: USA Baseketball’s Return To World Dominance

September 13th, 2010 by Damon Young Leave a reply »
Perhaps you were distracted by the first Sunday of the NFL season, consumed by the races in Major League Baseball, or just hungover from a long Saturday of college football.

Either way, if you missed USA Basketball's win over Turkey at the FIBA World Championship, then you missed something special.

It's been 16 years since the Americans could claim the title of World Champions. Sixteen long years that included three losses in 2002 while the FIBA event was held at home in Indianapolis and then rock bottom. The loss to Greece in the semi-finals in Japan in 2006.

USA Basketball has gone from its darkest day to maybe its brightest hour.

We all saw the "Redeem Team" take gold in Beijing, but not much fanfare surrounded this group of "b-list" players in Turkey. What this team lacked in superstar power it more than made up for in teamwork and defensive effort.

The total turnaround of the national men's basketball team is a credit to the vision and work of coach Mike Krzyzewski and Jerry Colangelo. These two men have instilled a new mindset and work ethic that had been lacking in USA basketball and the proof is on the court.

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