This will be my off topic rant of the week. I think its from the lack of sleep, but ugh — I stayed up late last night to watch the US basketball team again, look like a bunch of posers on the world stage. A lot of folks will say that the team underachieved. I don’t think so. I think really they might have overachieved. Having watched them tank in the last two international competitions, I think that its pretty easy to see why the US team hasn’t been successful:
- US basketball is all flash — no substance. Its the NBA’s fault and to some degree, a reflection everyone wanting to be like Mike (Michael Jordan). Early in Jordan’s career, he made such a name for himself as a high flyer that few seem to remember that he was a great shooter who got better with age. He could shoot from all over the court — as could Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, etc. Today’s NBA just doesn’t seem well suited for shooters any longer. I use to love watching professional basketball, but in the past 5 or so years, its turned into a wrestling match — where teams only score if they can get to the basket. Few actually shoot jumpshots with much precision any more. This is very different from the International style.
- A field of 12 good players a team it does not make: A lot of folks seem to think that you can just throw 12 professional players together and poof — you have a great team that can take on all comers. I think not. I’ve always thought that the US should send the College champion to the Olympics. I love college basketball because its played much more like an international style with kids that are playing because they love to play.
On a more happy note — the Oregon State Beavers started the season putting the hurt down on Eastern Washington (I know — not a powerhouse). Great way to start the season with 42 points by halftime with many of the first string coming out at the half way point in the second quarter.