State of US basketball

By reeset / On / In Uncategorized

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.



One thought on “State of US basketball

  1. Not a surprise they lost. Not only is BB outside the US played at a very high level, but the NBA game is simply not built for this style of play (and a tournament format that favors upsets, just like the NCAA). It would be a fun experiment to send the college champion, but in this tournament they would be meeting teams with seasoned pros from the european circuit.