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Postby 1337_Dude » Sat Sep 02, 2006 3:28 am

Old_Style wrote:greece is the defending european champion and their national team has been together for nearly a decade. pau gasol from spain hurt his foot against argentina as well, that could play a factor in this. i say greece takes this one.

True, but I believe Spain is the higher ranked team when it comes to world rankings. I will agree that if Gasol isn't playing, then Spain will probably lose.


SaintsOfTheDiamond wrote:Am I supposed to be caring about this World Championship thing or whatever it's called? Because I missed the memo if I am. :-?

It's actually been pretty good. I've watched most of, if not all of the televised games. The US/Greece game and the Spain/Argentina were both pretty fun games to watch.

The problem for the US is the fact that most of these international teams have been playing together for years. It's just too hard to get guys together for 3-4 weeks and expect them to be able to just walk through these guys like they aren't there.
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Postby gfantasy » Sat Sep 02, 2006 1:53 pm

PlayingWithFire wrote:nah, Greece is pretty good at exploting weaknesses. 2 glaring holes in the US game is team defense and outside shooting. Spain plays pretty good team defense and I gotta believe they can shot the 3 pointer(and FT) better than the US


I think the bottom line is that the US style of play is not a team style like the rest of the world plays. In this sense, we're 'falling behind' because everyone wants to be a superstar, the reason I stopped watching the NBA.
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Postby Geek » Sat Sep 02, 2006 2:26 pm

gfantasy wrote:
PlayingWithFire wrote:nah, Greece is pretty good at exploting weaknesses. 2 glaring holes in the US game is team defense and outside shooting. Spain plays pretty good team defense and I gotta believe they can shot the 3 pointer(and FT) better than the US


I think the bottom line is that the US style of play is not a team style like the rest of the world plays. In this sense, we're 'falling behind' because everyone wants to be a superstar, the reason I stopped watching the NBA.


Actually, the teams that win NBA championships do play a very team-oriented style.

Take the Pistons or the Heat, and they could beat anyone on the planet.
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Postby gfantasy » Sat Sep 02, 2006 2:29 pm

Geek wrote:
gfantasy wrote:
PlayingWithFire wrote:nah, Greece is pretty good at exploting weaknesses. 2 glaring holes in the US game is team defense and outside shooting. Spain plays pretty good team defense and I gotta believe they can shot the 3 pointer(and FT) better than the US


I think the bottom line is that the US style of play is not a team style like the rest of the world plays. In this sense, we're 'falling behind' because everyone wants to be a superstar, the reason I stopped watching the NBA.


Actually, the teams that win NBA championships do play a very team-oriented style.

Take the Pistons or the Heat, and they could beat anyone on the planet.


Aside from them...?
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Postby PlayingWithFire » Sat Sep 02, 2006 9:59 pm

the Spurs, the Bulls?
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Postby Old_Style » Sun Sep 03, 2006 12:09 am

PlayingWithFire wrote:the Spurs, the Bulls?


exactly what i was thinking ;-D
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Postby Coppermine » Sun Sep 03, 2006 1:04 am

All this is making me hungry for a gyro.
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Postby 1337_Dude » Sun Sep 03, 2006 4:02 am

Well with a lack of Gasol, I'm going to go with Greece.


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I was wrong, come to find out they won by 23 without Gasol.
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Postby gfantasy » Mon Sep 04, 2006 8:37 pm

Horrible showing after an enormous upset.

Just imagine if the USA beat USSR in 80 and then lost to Finland...
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Postby BitterDodgerFan » Mon Sep 04, 2006 9:11 pm

gasol crying?
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