Truth Serum: What We Know About Basketball Following the World Championships

September 14th, 2010 by Tim Jackson Leave a reply »
I wrote a few days ago prior to the USA playing Lithuania in the FIBA World Championships semifinals that the United States had to win in Turkey if they wanted to fully repair their image and reputation following a down period that stretched from about 2000 to 2008.

By golly, they did it.

America's B-Team came into Istanbul and, with the minor exception of their two-point win over Brazil in the group stages, dominated this tournament. They came in, punched everyone else in the mouth, said, "We're the US, this is our sport. You can't beat us unless it's in a soccer match," took their rightfully earned gold medals, and left.

Not a bad few weeks.

The United States gained a lot from this gold medal victory. By dispatching with just about all of their opponents by double-digit margins (including Turkey in the final by a score of 81-64), the U.S. proved that, once again, America is the king when it comes to basketball. The 2008 Olympic Team started the process, the 2010 FIBA World Championship team reaffirmed it and, hopefully, the 2012 Olympic team will cement that fact into everyone else's mind forever.

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