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Thursday, August 14th, 2008 at 7:53 am  |  335 responses

Links: Liveblog: Team USA 92, Greece 67

Team USA looks for redemption versus Greece. Lang has live notes…

by Lang Whitaker

I’d like to begin by announcing that I’m playing hurt today: Woke up a little while ago with the hiccups. We can put a man on the moon but we can’t invent a pill or something to stop hiccups? This is a first, liveblogging with hiccups. Let’s hope it doesn’t last long.

Anyway, we’ve got Team USA and Greece. Team USA is aiming for payback from their loss against Greece during the 2006 World Championships. Hopefully Greece doesn’t shoot 70 percent from the floor like they did last time.

According to the boxscore, not only is Kidd starting for the USA, but he’s also the team captain. So I guess any talk of him being replaced in the lineup was premature. Yeah. I’m telling you right now that there may be a typo or two with some of these Greek last names. I’ll do my best to correct anything I miss. I’m just saying…

Tipoff is minutes away…

FIRST QUARTER
• Team USA is starting the regular crew: Kidd, Kobe, LeBron, Melo, Dwight. Greece takes the tip…and Fotsis misses a three.

• Kobe returns and hits a leaner inside. 2-0, USA. Good to get Kobe going early.

• Hiccup.

• Spanoulis drives the lane and gets a lay-in to tie it up. Kobe draws a foul inside and goes to the line, his first free throw attempts of the Games. Good, good. 4-0, USA.

• Kidd picks up his second foul with 8:40 to go in the first. Greece goes right back at him, Diamantidis bangs him and Kidd picks up his third immediately. Later, Cap! Chris Paul checks in. Then Howard picks up an offensive foul. Uh oh…

• Kobe gets wacked on a fastbreak with no call, and then while fighting for a loose ball Spanoulis flops wildly and Kobe gets tagged with an “unsportsmanlike” foul. That’s five fouls on Team USA in the first 2:30 of the game. Incredibly it’s still just 4-4.

• Greece is in a match-up zone, and Bron misses a mid-range J from the wing. Dwight gets a huge block the other way and Melo comes back and hits a three from the corner. 7-6, 5:53 left in the first.

• Glyniadakis scores inside over Dwight, who’s being careful not to foul. Coach K goes nuts on the ref, complaining about three seconds.

• CP pushes into the paint and just runs right into a stationary Glyniadakis, and the refs call a foul on Glyniadakis. These refs are insane early on. The refs, by the way, are from Australia, Lithuania and Slovakia.

• Bosh comes in for Dwight and doesn’t box out on a free throw that Greece salvages for a bucket. Then Bosh scores inside to make it 11-9, Greece.

• Greece is playing at a pace that Pete Carrill would term “too slow.”

• How do you say, Hey, Hey, Hey, in Greek? Baby Shaq is in. He’s Hellas huge.

• Kobe weaves through the zone and hits LeBron for a dunk. Baby Shaq gets a shot off and as it hangs around the rim, Wade goaltends it out. CP with a crazy ballfake on the break and it’s tied at 13. Then Kobe gets a breakaway dunk to make it 15-13. The crowd goes wild. Really.

• Breen says Baby Shaq has “great hands.” Yeah, especially when the desert tray’s being passed.

• Baby Shaq plows into Bosh and picks up the offensive foul. Meanwhile, officials are still trying to extricate Bosh from the floor.

• Deron Williams in. Wade drives and dishes to Bosh who scores over Baby Shaq and yells. I was worried Baby Shaq would try to eat his tongue, but he didn’t.

• Somehow Melo ends up guarding Baby Shaq on the wing, and Team USA forces a 24 second violation. On the other end, D-Wade steals a rebound and scores. Greece gets a lay-in to make it 20-16.

• Wade gets decked under the rim and when the Greek player reaches out to help him up, Wade ignores him and glares at the ref. On the other end Wade grabs another board.

• Last shot of the quarter. Chris Paul ends up taking a contested three and missing. So, after one, it’s 20-16, Team USA.

• Besides Kidd (3 fouls), no one else on Team USA is in foul trouble. Kobe leads with 6 points and Bosh has 5. Spanoulis leads Greece with 4 points. Also worth noting, Greece is 0-4 on threes.

SECOND QUARTER
• Team USA opens the second by forcing two turnovers, and then Wade saves a ball going out of bounds with a huge alley-oop to Kobe. Wa wa wee wa!

• Wade had an amazing run there, with a couple of assists and steals. After Kobe misses an alley-oop, from Wade, Wade gets a break. It’s 26-21, USA, with 7:22 left in the half. Kobe misses a three as I type that.

• BTW, I still have the hiccups. Sucks.

• LeBron drives and gets hacked at the rim, and they actually make the call. I bet Kobe’s furious he’s not getting those calls. Bron to the line, good, miss, but Kobe gets the board and hits a cutting Wade, who gets a layup and a foul. He makes the free throw. Team USA leads 31-22, with 6:08 left in the half.

• Wow, Wade just froze a Greek defender who’d squared up against him. Then Greece gets a lay-in. USA is not defending that well inside.

• Bang! Wade with a three.

• Baby Sekou, I mean, Baby Shaq crills Bosh and picks up his third foul. Hellas back, Sofoklis.

• LeBron turns it over in the open court, Greece scores, then USA misses a layup. Next possession, Melo misses a contested layup and Bron soars in and dunks the miss on about five guys, including Melo.

• Collins says LeBron is leader of the team and everyone listens to him as he makes the calls on defense. Collins also says LeBron was “very” happy about the Cavs adding Mo Williams. Of course, Collins also completely made up a bunch of stuff about Joe Johnson during the last game, so who knows if he can be trusted?

• 38-30, 3:03 left in the half.

• Long three and Kobe wets it. 41-30, Team USA.

• LeBron leads a break and hits Bosh, who gets tangled up with Papaloukis. Bosh scores and makes the and one. 44-30.

• Bron with a steal on the weakside D. The ball pops out ahead, and Bron catches and reverses without a dribble. Greece calls a timeout. It’s 46-30, Team USA, and Greece can’t make anything happen from the perimeter.

• Out of the TO, USA stays in fullcourt man-to-man.

• Sorry, been trying to fix the comments in Italics.

• Bosh with a steal and Bron pulls a Curly Neal, dribbling in a circle with one hand on the court. And then last play of the half, Bosh swats a three from Spanoulis. So at the half, Team USA leads 51-32. Greece has 13 turnovers and is 0-7 on threes. Team USA’s shooting 54 percent from the floor and has attempted 11 free throws. Bosh is playing exceptionally well, as are Bron and Wade. The only guy doing much of anything for Greece is Spanoulis.

Greece is scoring their only baskets on easy layups, usually after a US Defensive breakdown because the US is so intent on doubling and defending on the perimeter. And if I’m Coach K, I’m OK with giving up an occasional layup if my guys can manage to create 14 turnovers in the half.

Bosh has 12 points, Kobe and Bron have 11 apiece and Wade has 10. LeBron leads the team with 4 assists, while Wade has 3. I will also point out that Kidd played just 1:25 in the first half and we’re up by 21. Draw your own conclusions.

I’m on my second espresso, by the way. Just kicked the hiccups, also.

THIRD QUARTER
• OK, the starters are back for Team USA. And Candace Parker is shown in the stands eating chocolate. Literally. Calm down, Khalid.

• Wade is 17-21 for the Olympics.

• LeBron misses a long 2 to start. Greece comes back and misses a three.

• Kobe misses a three and Kidd tips the rebound to Bron for a layup. Nice play by Kidd.

• Greece is in a fullcourt man-to-man defense, that Kidd breaks with the dribble and hits Melo inside, who gets fouled. Good, good. Team USA is ahead 53-32. Diamantidis begins bleeding spontaneously from the mouth during the free throws. He takes a seat.

• Fotsis hits Greece’s first three of the game. Then Kobe drives and gets hacked by Spanoulis, and he tosses the layup in. Misses the free throw and Dwight Howard picks up a foul.

• I’m about to type a sentence I’ve never typed in my life: When will Chris Bosh check in?

• Papaloukis hits a three. Next time down, Kobe swats a shot out of bounds.

• Melo swishes a three to push the lead back to 20. 6:56 left in the third.

• Howard blocks a shot off of Kidd’s dome and out of bounds.

• Three for Kobe. US leads 63-40.

• Spanoulis is rocking the “Marko Jaric 2003″ look out there.

• And there’s Bosh. Kobe with the dunk and the “crowd” goes wild.

• Starbury’s awake. Now I gotta deal with her while typing. Not fun.

• Greece makes some free throws to make it 65-47. Greece goes on the break and Bron wipes a layup. Greece gets the ball back and tries another layup, and Bosh wipes that one. Awesome sequence.

• Greece to the line. Good, good. Now it’s down to 16, with the USA leading 65-49.

• Bron with another block. Wade with a lay-in off a nice bounce pass from D-Williams.

• Just got an email from an NBA exec wondering if Doug Collins is getting paid by words per minute.

• Greece hits a three to make it 69-52. 1:30 left in the third.

• Wade draws the foul on a three-pointer, and he slaps Pelekanos on the butt on the way to their feet. Wade makes 1 of 3.

• If there’s anywhere Team USA can improve today, besides their help defense, I’d say it’s at the free throw line, as they’re just 12-19.

• Last possession at the half, and Wade gets a lay-in and one. Good. After three, Team USA leads 74-54.

FOURTH QUARTER
• Baby Shaq goaltends Bosh and tries to take a bite of the ball, unsuccessfully.

• If Doug Collins wants to get any credibility back, he should admit that he was completely wrong about the Hawks/Chris Paul/Marvin Williams stuff he screwed up in the Angola game. Because otherwise, how are we supposed to believe anything he says?

• Team USA is up 78-57. Greece is stuck into their 2-3 zone. Bron with a steal.

• 80-57, 7:08 left. Wade with his fifth steal of the game.

• Team USA is going with CP, Deron, Bosh, Bron and Wade. Then the Human Victory Cigar 1, Tayshaun Prince, checks in. And he immediately misses a jumper, cementing his Victory Cigar status.

• Spanoulis tackles Williams at halfcourt. No foul, but that’s a three yard loss for Team USA.

• Human Victory Cigar 2, Carlos Boozer, is in. We should call the seats where the Cigars sit The Humidor.

• Spanoulis to the line. Good, miss. 4:53 left and Team USA in control, 82-58.

• Paploukas commits Greece’s 24th turnover. Collins is talking about Team USA having a “good taste in your mouth.”

• Deron Williams with the layup, and one, on the pass from CP13. 84-62, 2:42 left in the game.

• Evander Holyfield is in the house! He may be working in the arena, not sure.

• So that’s it, team USA coasts to a 92-69 win. After Greece killed them in Japan with the pick-and-roll (mostly the rolls), Team USA defended them nearly perfectly tonight, forcing 25 turnovers. And when I say forcing, I mean it, because the USA was all over the Greeks the entire game. Here’s your final box score.

So that went well. Team USA now squares off on Saturday morning against Spain, which should be a great game. We’ll be back live for that one, too.

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  • MGD

    first.

  • h-wag

    Morning Lang !
    I´m so excited for this game, that might be the best competition for the USA this summer yet.

  • MGD

    this game televised or what?

  • h-wag

    I think severe foul trouble just solved the Kidd issue

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Fuc*ing Kobe.

  • MGD

    greeks are flopping like no tommorow.

  • Naismith Jr

    Doug Collins said the Euro’s are good at selling calls – i.e., soccer players…in America we call that flopping.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Kobe needs to keep his ass on the bench, for a long while.

  • Naismith Jr

    Greece is playing physical

  • h-wag

    Lots of pushing and shoving going on for a 1st quarter…
    And if you think Greece are floppers, have some fun against Spain.

  • Naismith Jr

    Breen said some Greek is not a shooter or driver. What is he?

  • bbaby

    im with eboy on this one

  • h-wag

    Big Sofo !
    Back from his diet camp in Switzerland just in time for the Olympics.

  • Acidophilus

    I’d pay good money to see him dive from the 10m platform….provided he wasn’t wearing speedos

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Where are all the guys so certain that US would easily take the gold?

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    And yeah Kobe should be sat..

  • MGD

    true that h-wag.
    soccer influences…

    i wish usa had glen davis on their team.
    just so we can compare.

  • http://slamonline.com bbfan

    i hope wade doesn’t get hurt throwing his body in the paint like that, he’s just starting to play like his old self if not better.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Hehe.. I enjoy watching that Greek M&M..

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Nice team synergy with Kobe on the bench, no?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    that was a fair BS call on Kobe with the unsportsmanlike. ‘Shorty’ or whatever his name is ( thats his name now), is fu*king huuuge. USA is playing totally outta their game and Coach K is pi$$ed off it seems. Maybe.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    i think they are sleeping LZ..but i still think they will

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Morning, Lang. Those early calls were outrageous. I was surprised Kobe didn’t give the REF an unsportsmanlike foul. Also: doesn’t it seem like there are a lot of empty seats? What’s up with that?

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Baby Shaq is classic.

  • http://www.DreAllDay.com Dre Baldwin

    Has there ever been a Baby Oliver Miller?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    that was a fair BS call on Kobe with the unsportsmanlike. ‘Shorty’ or whatever his name is ( thats his name now), is fu*king huuuge. USA is playing totally outta their game and Coach K is pi$$ed off it seems. Maybe.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Lang, who do you think Spiro is rooting for? And for that matter, who do you think Spero is rooting for?

  • h-wag

    Biggest positive for the USA after 1:
    They´re not on the wrong end of a never ending pick and roll clinic. Yet.

  • bbaby

    what channel is this on?

  • http://slamonline.com bbfan

    kobe’s really trying hard u can see it in his play, he’s just in a funk (a big one at that). hopefully when he gets back on the court his game will pick up.

  • http://nothinpersonal8.blogspot.com/ nothin personal

    I wouldn’t miss this for the world! Go Greece!. Now, if we just had a pure shooter and an inside scorer that can play more than 5 mins!

  • http://slamonline.com bbfan

    on cable on usa.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    RV; True probably sleeping. I’m not saying I don’t think the US will take the gold, “easily” was the main word in my sentence. Just got so annoyed prior to the OL about all the people taking it as a given that US would get the gold. It will be a battle.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Wade>Kobe alley-oop. Sick. Enjoying the defensive effort from Team USA too.

  • MGD

    THAT WAS F*CKING SICK!
    freaking amazing.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    looks like the US is doing a better job rebounding this game…still look lost on offense though….with how much they gamble, Greece doesn’t even need an offensive game plan, jus tbreak the press and there’s an easy lay up every time..

  • http://www.nrl.com.au Money Bill Williams

    Australian TV is so f*cked!!!! They turned it over to the swimming as soon as baby shaq subbed in

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    that was a fair BS call on Kobe with the unsportsmanlike. ‘Shorty’ or whatever his name is ( thats his name now), is fu*king huuuge. USA is playing totally outta their game and Coach K is pi$$ed off it seems. Maybe….

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    damn i guess this online feed is way behind, no alley yet..

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    The empty seats are because the govt. has bought all the seats out to make it seem full-but people just arent going to the games. Also, the cheering is all fake.

  • http://www.DreAllDay.com Dre Baldwin

    Somebody tell DWade that Converse. Commercials don’t play in Lithuania & Slovakia. He’s been the best offensive player of the Games so far, though

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    US defense looks good right now. Still to many fouls though.

  • bbaby

    good to see the us playing some tight d

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    I feel you on the missing fans Hursty, but why do you say the cheering is fake? We’ll have to let Alan Paul answer that one.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Kobe is shooting like he was plating against Boston.

  • http://nothinpersonal8.blogspot.com/ nothin personal

    It doesn’t get closer to a baby Oliver miller than Sopho right now. I just hope he doesn;t eat Josh Childress when they play together all year. mainly, because he’ll have a problem digesting all that hair!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    jeez, only took me 5 minutes to get a post in after being in moderation for the wrong email address.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    *playing

  • http://www.nrl.com.au Money Bill Williams

    it is back on! and kobe still can’t hit a three

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Ben, I’m holding my tongue to keep from making a Greek Captain joke.

  • http://nothinpersonal8.blogspot.com/ nothin personal

    Come on Lang, take your best shot, we can handle it!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    I like deron over CP3 for this game, USa needs to stop shooting 3′s, also need to take it up stronger and attack more..i know its int’l rules, but how about using their athleticism as an advantage…

  • http://www.nrl.com.au Money Bill Williams

    I HATE YOU CHANNEL 7!!!! F*ck off swimming! hursty what channel you wtchin this on?

  • alan paul

    Hey fools. I’m at the damn game

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Coach K looks like it’s time to start Wade over Bryant.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Lebron hasn’t figured out they are going to contest every layup.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Wade’s not back yet.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    hey Ben. Its been all over TV here. So was the little girl singing in the opening ceremony. And the fireworks. Notice all the ‘too perfect’ cheering going on as well. The cheerleaders are coached by US college coaches. Alan would have noticed that straight away. Theres massive clumps of supporters- all in the exact uniform. Like 50 Chinese girls all clapping in rythm- for Russia. Or Greece. Also, the fu*king swimming is on instead of the hoops right now. Even though its womens backstroke heats. lame.

  • alan paul

    can;t read all the posts so keep that in mind

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Dwyane Wade! NP, it’s not really a Greek joke per se, but one directed at a co-worker of ours who does indeed use the screenname Greek Captain. I’m sure you’d love him. As for SpEro, he oughta be announcing this game instead of Breen.

  • alan paul

    Wade is their best player right now for sure he is making it happen on both ends

  • http://slamonline.com bbfan

    this game is getting sloppy

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    LEBRON!!!!!

  • bbaby

    wade=buckets

  • a_whiteman

    the easier these games get for lebron the more i think about him going to europe in 2010

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Money, watch it online on nbc, perfect quality, just need to install a plug in

  • h-wag

    You should have seen Sofo about 7 or 8 months ago.
    He actually LOST about 70 pounds since then.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Hi Alan; please tell us about the authenticity of the crowd noise.

  • http://nothinpersonal8.blogspot.com/ nothin personal

    Spiro Maroulis? I keep seeing his name in the mag…

  • alan paul

    the empty seats at bball are same ones every game. i believe they are owned by coke.

    the fakes fans are really happening but not here.. at things ike handball and whatnot…with empty seats.

  • alan paul

    someone told me they were piping crowd noise in at some venues but def. not here.. lack of USA chants while greeks are singing their asses off is shameful

    I may have to move to a egular seat and get it going.

  • http://nothinpersonal8.blogspot.com/ nothin personal

    I was wondering what an MVP does for SLAM?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Im in italis? Oh, RV, if you cant watch the game for whatever reason I’ll send through a link but it’ll get caught in moderation for a while.

  • http://www.nrl.com.au Money Bill Williams

    How am i doing? Im going to throw a brick in bruce mcavaney face in a second if he doesnt put the game back on. Thanx 4 advice RV but i aint got a plugin

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    shane battier would have helped a lot in this game

  • alan paul

    now we’re going for humiliation.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Wasn’t Greece supposed to be competitve?

  • h-wag

    Hell just frooze over !
    Oh wait, it was just Kobe hittin a three.
    Never mind.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    LeBron is the World’s best player no doubt.

  • bbaby

    yeah bosh!!! suprised he is in the game w/ 2 fouls

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Italics rules!

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Nice to see Kobe make a 30 footer.

  • alan paul

    Finally some American flags and USA chants.

  • a_whiteman

    your lucky you get breen and collins im stuck with f’in paul romanuk and jay triano weak!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Money, you download it off the nbc site

  • MGD

    How the hell did Williams get a foul for fighting over a screen?
    How does that even happen?!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty
  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Who is this Chris Bosh guy?

  • alan paul

    Bosh!

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics/ Moose

    why isnt team usa winning by at least 20??? just a question when i just look at the score . . .

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    hursty, go ahead and send it anyway, i’ll check it out, but thei NBC feed isn’t bad at all just buffers like every 5 mins for a few secs

  • http://www.nrl.com.au Money Bill Williams

    how longs it take to download? i got 6 more heats of womens bakstroke then aust hockey before the games back on

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    nice D by Bosh

  • http://nothinpersonal8.blogspot.com/ nothin personal

    I am gonna shut up now and pray we hit our open 3s

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Bosh should start over Howard, much more suited to the international game.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    http://www.justin.tv/jayrntv

    this is also one that should be showing it. u might have to look around if this isnt showing 4 whatever reason some other ‘user’ will be streaming it live. have fun :)

  • alan paul

    that dw foul was right in front of me. absurd.

    greece did a lot better with baby shaq than these lurch guys

  • alan paul

    going to look for a friend back in thrid.

  • a_whiteman

    how the hell did this team beat the usa again?????????

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    get off the fu*king swimming!!! die channel 7!!!!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    you can watch it without the plug in, but it buffers too frequently, the plug in takes about 3-4 mins, do it at the half

  • MGD

    Bosh is awesome.
    Even awesome-er because he plays for the Raps.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Greece? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • a_whiteman

    anyone else notice the usa went on a huge run once howard came off????

  • bbaby

    bosh is killin it…this should be over soon if it’s not already

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Looks like Bosh was inspired by the great wall visit

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    omg omg omg. Im suing channel 7 damn it. btw Australia is apparently getting TIVO. that sounds good. which is like pausing TV etc. meh. I would shout at the other guy in the main broadcast room but hes just an idiot.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    in that case they should let Prince play too, i didn’t see pics of anyone else at the Wall.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    LMAO at Hursty.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    does this mean i can go back to sleep? Its only interesting now if they win by 50.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Stuck in moderation fellas.

  • http://slamonline.com bbfan

    is greece using the same players that played in the 2004 game?

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Australia is just getting TIVO?!

  • http://www.nrl.com.au Money Bill Williams

    HURSTY ITS BACK ON!!!!!!!! spiro dedes should be commemtating

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    bbfan, i think so, for the most part, looks like they have some younger guys though, probably just joined the team, but the core seems the same

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Of course my live feed on NBCOLYMPICS.COM doesn’t kick on until it is already halftime. It appears this game is over anyway.

  • http://www.nrl.com.au Money Bill Williams

    bosh with the and 1 lovely move!

  • bbaby

    the online halftime show is a beast

  • http://www.nrl.com.au Money Bill Williams

    LEBRON LOVES LEVITATION!

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    That Wade to Kb oop was SICK!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    time for the halftime off-topic talk, is Dominique Dawes the hottest Olympian ever?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    thankyou Eboy. I think that might have been my first ‘LMAO’ from you. I’ve had other “lol’s” from you but never a LMAO. You make my day since channel 7 has decided to show Hockey and swimming. LeBron had a huuuge dunk with 2 mins left.

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    What has happened to Melo…?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Yeh TAD, how long has the US had it for?

  • h-wag

    bbfan:
    They miss 2 or 3 of their rotation players from 2006 who were great against the USA with their pick and roll and Big Sofo is, well, let´s say not in best shape.
    But the US roster is also better than 2 years ago where the starting 1 was Kirk Hinrich if I remember right.

  • http://nothinpersonal8.blogspot.com/ nothin personal

    No, Bbfan they cut a scoring (albeit slow) C, a cold blooded calculating SF that could move without the ball better than anybody in the team, and two defensive weapons. Too bad the youngsters are not ready yet. See you at the worlds in two years (I hope so!)

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    on the live feed, its just showing a zoomed out shot of the stadium/court, i’m wondering if its really a scaled down replica, and all the “people” moving in the stands are really ants painted different colors.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Hursty, off the top of my head I would say TIVO has been around at least 10 years if not longer in the States.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Nothing like hope for the future eh, np?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Wouldnt surprise me RV :)

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Yeah RV, i’m watching the same thing.

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    12 Clint Eastwoods…?

  • http://www.nrl.com.au Money Bill Williams

    RV what is your zip code and select tv provider so i can get that feed

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    3rd Qtr…Here We Go!

  • http://slamonline.com bbfan

    let’s go usa!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    @TAD-oh….. well, on the brightside, I was still watching the wiggles when u first got it. Bet u guys enjoyed that, being able to replay the great old moves from dorothy the dinosaur and steve the pirate. arghhh… :)

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    try 77074, digital comcast

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Candace Parker was just tearing up some cookies! Still looks fine as anything while doing that.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Schorty has some ving rhames in him

  • MGD

    I can’t wait for the match-up against Spain.
    That’s the game to watch.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    The live feed online is simply awesome! No commentating at all! Love it.

  • http://slamonline.com bbfan

    why was the greek coach yelling at d. howard? the ref already called the net thing.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Money, that wont work I dont think since, yuo know, its a different continent and all. But good luck with that.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    whats up with the back to back 3′s after the half, they are going to shoot themselves out of the lead at that rate

  • h-wag

    Why is Kobe jacking up those stupid 3s in bunches ?
    I can´t understand it.

  • a_whiteman

    @tad she can still candace my parker anytime!!!!

  • http://www.nrl.com.au Money Bill Williams

    thanks, but there is no digital comcast

  • http://www.slamonline.com matt caputo

    what channel is this game on? I just woke up.

  • MGD

    Trying to get himself in a rythm for next game?

  • http://nothinpersonal8.blogspot.com/ nothin personal

    Well Eboy, They’ll never give up, but I can’t see them in the medal run this year. With Koufos and Kalthes, we got a chance though!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com H to the Izzo

    Is there anywhere to watch this online?

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Why is KB talking junk?

  • http://www.nrl.com.au Money Bill Williams

    hes not bleeding, it’s sauce from shaqs mousakka

  • MGD

    I swear USA would have a better 3pt percentage if they took close to regular NBA 3′s.

  • h-wag

    The Greece 3s are falling finally.
    Only problem is that it´s happening about one half late.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    izzo: NBCOLYMPICS.COM

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Greece is raining 3′s.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Well, at least now they are.

  • http://slamonline.com Matt Caputo

    tthis game on tv?

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Caputo: NBCOLYMPICS.COM has a live feed. It is pretty awesome too.

  • h-wag

    For all the guys over here in europe it´s here:
    eurovisionsports.tv/olympics/
    But only works with IE

  • a_whiteman

    i guess van gundy was right spanoulis cant cut it in the clutch

  • http://www.nrl.com.au Money Bill Williams

    TAD & Izzo: nbc only lets you watch it if your in USA. They wont let me watch it in Aust

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Lebron needs a time out

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    ESPN 360 as well.

  • riggs

    lead is still 21, which i think is gonna be at the end of the game too

  • a_whiteman

    if lebron ever finished that alley i would have LOST IT

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    also, theres one which is a bit laggy but its justin.tv add the www and .com obviously and go to sport and basketball

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    I’ve switched to tennis.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Kobe’s offense looks better, but boy he get’s beat almost every time off the dribble.

  • a_whiteman

    LEBLOCK JAMES and CHRIS BLOCK

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    spanoulis only plays well in blue and white

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Co Co is such an American hater.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    WHOA!! 2 straight rejections!

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    I’m watching Serena… I don’t watch blowouts, even if its the Olympics ;)

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Jordan would have pinned it to the backboard and brought it down!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com H to the Izzo

    No luck.Screw it,I’m watching boxing.

  • MGD

    “not sure how much abuse the court can take”
    hahahahaa. awesome announcing.

  • bbaby

    us settling for too many jump shots

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    No goaltending is awesome!

  • a_whiteman

    did anyone else see carmelo get stuffed by the rim?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    I remember Marko Jaric or was it Wally Sexyback? getting hammered on a dunk by the birdman in 2004 playoffs MIN vs. Denver ( the game that denver won) and falling on his head. ouch.

  • bbaby

    @izzo: olympic boxing over basketball? c’mon olympic boxing is a joke…

  • http://www.nrl.com.au Money Bill Williams

    carmelo punched the backboard and ran to shanghai

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com H to the Izzo

    bbaby:Well seeing as I CAN’T watch basketball and I have a rooting interest,yes.And amateur boxing is much more entertaining than pro boxing nowadays.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Mike, it wouldn’t hurt you to get off your ass and tell USA to stop jacking up 3s

  • riggs

    hursty: i think it was sexyback

  • a_whiteman

    the real dwayne wade has finally stood up after ducking and dodging since he was given an nba title

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    izzo: you couldn’t get it on ESPN 360 either?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    they ‘slap’ each other Izzo.

  • http://nothinpersonal8.blogspot.com/ nothin personal

    Wade is killing the hell out of the Greek team. I guess he is back with a vengeance.

  • riggs

    if anything, melo has been grabbing some good rebounds

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com H to the Izzo

    TAD:They want me to pay them.And it doesn’t look like I’m missing much.

  • sgsfdhghd

    http://www.cbc.ca/olympics/livevideo

    on the right sides bball us vs greece

  • bbaby

    izzo pro boxing is better. The point system the amateurs use is really annoying…wait for paqcuaio and de la hoya…

  • http://www.nrl.com.au Money Bill Williams

    Hursty lets go halvies in having channel 7 sued. Since when is womens hockey better than Team USA basketball

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    yeh espn 360 should have it, but Icouldnt get it cos Im not in the USA so that could be a problem Izzo. justin.tv should have it also.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Wow that block-fest was spectacular! speaking of defense – as Eboy pointed out, wasn’t Kobe supposed to be Team US stopper?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    any explanation as to why certain guys are being benched?

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    The game is on USA network, Matt.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    De Le Hoya vs. Pacquiao is not happening now. Couldn’t agree on terms. Too bad.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com H to the Izzo

    Pro boxing has sucked for 10 years,the only worthwhile fight was the Mayweather/Hatton fight,but this is a basketball site.
    Hursty:I’m not in the Us either.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    never money. never. Nikki Hudson in 2004 was ight though. So is the other midfield blonde. South Africa is generally yat.

  • http://www.nrl.com.au Money Bill Williams

    thanks Lang, you make my viewing torture that much more painful with comments like that

  • bbaby

    back to sleep…

  • http://www.nrl.com.au Money Bill Williams

    hursty, you are forgetting kate hollywood and that girl thats same age as me from wollongong, casey eastham, she is bonerific

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    2 years and they havent learned spanoulis always shifts his layup at the last second?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Didnt think so Izzo ( Ireland still huh?) looks like justin.tv is the best bet. have a look around for ‘live streaming’ and basketball. My other links around the 120 mark are in moderation.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    izzo: actually, the light middleweight to light heavyweight divisions still have some great fights. It is just no dominant heavyweights are around anymore like Tyson.

  • bbaby

    im with TADOne…its all good from izzy vasquez to calzaghe

  • adams

    “U-S-A” chants make me vomit.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Looks like we are redeemed.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    How exactly did we lose to these guys before??

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    They dont all watch garbage time Rockets games RV. well MBW, I wont ask how old u are, but im guessing she is pretty young. Yeh, I think it is hollywood. Remember they did the nude whole team shoot in the Olympics a while back? Sydney I think. Very niiiice. Sexy time all round.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    On boxing; check out Mikkel Kessler that’s a heck of a fighter. Beat Calzaghe, and lost in the rematch. Grew up in the same neighborhood as Mikkel, nice guy too.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Tad, not until they win gold, by at least 15.

  • h-wag

    They are really calling travelling on Greece after not calling it all day again against the USA ?
    This is just stupid.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    cos its fake adams. FU*K HOCKEY!!!

  • http://www.nrl.com.au Money Bill Williams

    Hurst, im 19 and i do remember that calender, i’m semi just thinking about it

  • http://nothinpersonal8.blogspot.com/ nothin personal

    Well, I won’t bet on Greece turning the ball so much again if we meet again in the semi’s. Props to the redeem team though for struggling them.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com H to the Izzo

    Anyone see the Hungarian weightlifter’s shoulder pop out during lifting?

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    True RV, I was just saying against Greece. Spain looks to be the only real competition.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Wow Greece has given up big-time. Credit Team US. Respect.

  • h-wag

    Has Deron Williams finished one dunk in the Olympics yet ?
    Cause I remember him trying every game but always coming up short in some way.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    gross Izzo, dont wanna talk about it.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    h-wag; Yellow men can’t jump.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    i think i’d be annoyed by the music they’re playing at the olympics

  • h-wag

    Izzo:
    My shoulder still hurts from simply watching that.

  • alan paul

    sorry guys. i found my friend in his box and he had like beer and stuff

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Was is it as great as it sounds izzo?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    I LOVE HOCKEY!!! South African girl just got OWNED by Nikki Hudson with a vicious volley to the face. Blood everywhere. take out the opposition damn.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Considering his efforts in the playoffs and how he has looked in this Olympics, did Boozer really fall off?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    U see that Money? Hudsons shot to the face? damn that was nasty.

  • alan paul

    i really want to humiliate these guys and spain as well.

  • Michael

    seriosuly Lang, you need to chill on the whole doug collins thing, he is commentating a basketball game for crying out loud, not testifying to a senate committee

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com H to the Izzo

    If the US ever do meet Germany I hope Kaman drops 50 and 30 to beat the US,just for Leroy.
    TAD:Yes

  • http://www.nrl.com.au Money Bill Williams

    yer cuz i saw that. Hectic eh! i would love to do that to gordon bray right now seeing as the games probabl over!

  • Michael

    i think Michael Redd will be very important later this tournament

  • h-wag

    Damn it, my prediction for American points in the game from yesterday was 2 points low.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    yeh. they’ll show it on delay hopefully from the start of the 3rd. Bray only knows Nicky Hudsons name and the other female knows jack all. better be on or Im going to bed after the half time thing. Im going to soooo pi$sed if its not on.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    92-69? So who exactly is the USA’s comp in this?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    i’m sure chandler would be more useful than Prince…nice to see the best shooter on the team only gets gsrbage time..

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    what game is next?

  • Michael

    TAD, Argentina will be very tough. Manu, Oberto, Nocioni, Scola..and they play excellent international style ball.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    whens the Spain game? US time? Since its 10 hours (forward, but actually later for us in SYD.)

  • http://www.slamonline.com Earl “E. Sneed” Sneed

    That D-Wade save/lob to Kobe was the play of the tournament! That was sick!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Spain already played didnt they??

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    oh nevermind, you mean against the USA, i think its at 9 am central

  • http://www.nrl.com.au Money Bill Williams

    i don’t think its going to be on, they have a panda special on at the moment

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I agree Michael. But if we keep playing defense like we have been, I don’t see USA getting beat.

  • http://pretendingtohaveanownwebsite.com Art Vendelay

    Shame on you, German tv…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    YES!! we get to watch the whole 4th quarter.

  • Michael

    TAD, agreed, the defense is producing so mnay fast break points, the offensive deficiencies in the half court sets are not as crucial…just think at some point it will come back to haunt

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    am i the only who thinks the int’l high level of play is going to end in a few years? Spain is the only team that is still bringing up strong talent. Germany’s system is crap and is all about Dirk. Greece’s young guys don’t seem impressive like the oldies. Argentina is stacked right now, but their younger guys don’t seem impressive either. Russia, same thing. Lithuania…etc..they’ll still be solid but not great.

  • http://pretendingtohaveanownwebsite.com Art Vendelay

    by the way: 92-69…nice work!!! Just can tell something from the box score, but keeping the Greek cold from downtown is really well done, to say the least…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    argentina vs croatia up next, debating whether i should go back to sleep…

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    Boozer=Kwame

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Not like the next bunch of USA system players are doing great right now either in HS and U19 comps round the world.

  • http://pretendingtohaveanownwebsite.com Art Vendelay

    Argentina-Croatia is shown on tv here in Germany…I mean, that’s a good decision since nobody would really want to see USA and Greece facing off.

    Oh, wait…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Hursty, but the improvement is greater for the US guys once they reach college.

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    if Team USA was the man and redemtion was the girl, Team USA just fu(ked redemtion’s brains out! Good work.

  • http://pretendingtohaveanownwebsite.com Art Vendelay

    by the way: Kidd 3 fouls in barely seven minutes??

  • Michael

    stay classy BET

  • http://pretendingtohaveanownwebsite.com Art Vendelay

    Don’t you think Shaq (the young Shaq, I mean) would feel offended having Schortsianidis nicknamed after him? In basketball terms, at least…

  • Jackie Moon

    Eddy Curry vs Greek Baby Shaq one-on-one to 11 might take two hours as they would each need to rest 10 minutes each in between points.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    true that Jackie. BET- check your guestbook. We’ve been channeling each other.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    I missed a lot while commuting to work during the second half…some new comments: Lang: awesome work but I agree that you’re way too hard on Doug Collins. Alan: thanks for the crowd reports and well done on getting drunk at the game. NP: Spiro Maroulis does a little bit of everything; that’s what makes him the MVP. And Spero Dedes used to work here before he got famous, so we always pull for him to get big gigs. Co Co: How’d Serena look? And of course, Team USA: Great job!!!

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Art?? ZDF showed portions of USA vs. Greece right? Please say it is so, since i programmed my DVR for that. Far as i could tell, Eurosport was showing ARG – CRO, after the USA game.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    im out like Angolas chances of making the quarter finals.

  • http://www.nrl.com.au Money Bill Williams

    Hursty, whats an angola?

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    my computer contacted a cold, not a virus, a cold.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Ricky Rubio, you’re next.

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    whats a Money Bill Williams? (besides a used car salesman)

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Oh and by the way….DIRK WERNER, STOP TESTING MY PATIENCE HERE OK? YOU WERE THE MVP OF THE EURO’S A FEW YEARS BACK, YOU ARE ALWAYS, ALWAYS THE TOP SCORER FOR YOUR NATIONAL TEAM IN THESE BIG TOURNAMENTS, EVEN THOUGH EVERY TEAM ON THE PLANET IS GEARED TO STOPPING YOU. So what’s with the 12, 13 Point, single digit rebounding games against Greece and Spain? Trying to make it thrilling, so you can explode for 30 against the USA? Guess what, it won’t matter then, because the others on your team will get snuffed by the redeemers. Get off your stupid “Olympic dream” trip and start schooling fools again ok? GAWD DAMNIT! Losing by 12 – 15 Points against Spain is nothing to be mad about, but doing it knowing your usual output in points might have given you a chance to win?? in THIS Group? ARRRRRGGHHH!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Yao, 20 of 22 against angola 9-10 from the field and from FT…

  • http://www.nrl.com.au Money Bill Williams

    haha BET that was a good call

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    I think Yao should pronuce his name Yay-Yo. That would get him hood respect. (commentator’s voice) “Look at Yay-Yo Ming with that unathletic two hand flust over Earl Boykins! Yay-Yo Just posterized Earl Boykins! Dunk of the week! Dunk of the month! Dunk of the Century! Yay-Yo on Boykins!”

  • Jackie Moon

    Third quarter, LBJ accidentally pulled off a street ball move when he lost his balance, the “Slip and slide” from NBA street.

    I got that from the game notes at http://goldenarmor.wordpress.com/2008/08/14/usa-greece-notes/

  • theo

    i am a greek living in america, let me start off by saying, congrats to US, u played a good game. The NBA stars played good. I was upset that the greek players did not play well at all, especially diamantidis. Just like the US in 2006, we had an off-day. Now it’s 1-1. THat match did not really matter, but hopefully we will play again in the olympics. And the refs were not on the greeks side. THey called many bad fouls on the greeks as well. that alley-oop that wade did to kobe should not have happened. when kobe stole the ball from diamantidis, it was a clear foul, look at all the replays u want, it was a foul. if that foul was not called it may have been a different game. But anyway, one play can’t really change the outcome too much of a match, and congrats to the US, u played a good game, and i hope that we play again in olympics with both teams playing to their best

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    I can’t sift through all these comments, but Hursty (if you’re still there) give me a breakdown of Patty’s play today v. Iran. Did not see the game, only the recap and boxscore.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    Unlike our trusty LINKS scribe, I have long been a big fan of the game of tennis. So, I gotta give James Blake some love for eliminating Roger Federer.
    Has he lost his mojo?

    My last tennis comment (barring a McEnroe/Borg thread emerging)

    Gotta give love to team USA. Nicely played today.

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Cub, you should be here in Switzerland and experience the utter dissapointment being felt because of Federer’s fall from grace. The Swiss love making excuses for everything, as they did in the French open and at Wimbledon, but now it’s obvious that King roger (yep that’s what he’s called here) has lost most of his Mojo.

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Too bad really, truly nice guy that roger, and i so dislike the Nadal character, but hey, Roger had a great 4 year run, and if he concentrates on his game, he’s still young enough to give us the 21st century version of Mccenroe vs. Borg.

  • Jackie Moon

    @Theo – I don’t think that one play would have changed the game. As far as bad officiating, it went both ways. What about the “intentional foul” by Kobe in the first quarter? Look at that replay, he gets mostly ball, but Spanoulis makes it look as if Kobe struck him. Also, Dwight Howard was called for four fouls. The US just plays harrassing defense that teams are not able to match, and the US ends up breaking open the game eventually. I believe that Greece would have had a chance if their threes were falling, because I thought they had some good looks. But this is not just one game, Greece also got blown out by Spain, so they have some concerns to address, unless they are just saving their best for the medal round.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    Do the Swiss feel the same for David Aebischer?

    I am fond of King Rog, too, but a little competition/rivalry almost always enhances things.

  • T4inc

    Did anyone notice that Theo Papaloukas seems to be wearing a wig??!

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  • Allan

    The Greeks played bad because of the D the US was imposing on these blokes. WTF are these Greek fans thinking that their team did not bring their best today, of course they did, it just so happens that the stifling defense of Team USA was too much and their counter game plan on the pick and rolls. Wade said it best when he mentioned that they all knew every Greek player and their set plays and were always one step ahead of them.

  • ciolkstar

    Federer = Kobe // Nadal = Lebron
    On that note, Lebron is a BEAST. I say it on here everyday but, he’s clearly the best in the world right now.

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    Lang, keep punching Doug Collins in the gut. He lied in what was clearly an attempt to make an excuse for an inept performance by the Hawks’ management. I could see if he just made a mistake, but he actually BLAMED Joe Johnson for why the Hawks passed on the two best point guards in the League. That was BS, and until he admits that he was wrong he needs to be castigated. He smeared Joe Johnson as a fickle, selfish athlete who cost his team a chance to compete because he couldn’t make up his mind. That’s wrong.

  • RedRum

    we got creamed… dang… I was expecting us to be more competitive. That is the problem with Greece though, if the pick n roll does not work, we are screwed. there is no off-ball movement and players like bigo sofo, Dikoudis and Papadopoulos that could run the pick n roll well are not playing.

    I had my concerns but things are worse than I thought…

  • tike

    very very good game from D-wade man he showed out 2day!

  • riggs

    whats funny is that people are saying that the game with spain is where we’ll truly be tested…..i thought it was greece before?

  • Jackie Moon

    Is J Kidd trying to make a point of NOT shooting? Is this his way of saying, “I can win without taking a shot”?

  • matt the jazz fan

    thanks lang

  • Allan

    Kidd should take a shot . . common Jason . .wtf are you there playing ball for ???

  • Boing Dynasty

    No jackie, Kidd was told that even Tayshaun has a better jumper than him, and he better not take one.

  • Boing Dynasty

    I understand why Bosh isnt popular on a mainstream level, but the fact that a basketball writer, espcially for this magazine, still under estimates him so much is almost rediculous.

  • Boing Dynasty

    Also the best part of this whole game was when Bosh blocked that 3 going into halftime, Bosh was initially sagging off his man a little bit and Melo came up behind him and litterally pushed him up on the shooter. Carmello Anthony: defensive guru.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    300… just because.

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    301…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    damn, i didn’t realize this went 300+ deep. I expect the medal game to go 600 then

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @matt the jazz fan: You’re welcome.

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Wade is the Shiznit. That near out of bounds alley oop made me knock my heel on the floor, hard. But i don’t think i’ve ever seen a more explosive in game dunker than Lebron. (except maybe Nique and Vince) That steal, dash, one legged take off reverse dunk was…i’m still in awe. The guy takes off one leg better than most power dunkers (Richardson, Mason, Vince, Dwight) with two. Ridiculous. And oh yeah, 300+ comments is fantastic. Feels like summer of 07 up in here

  • http://its-mitch.blogspot.com/ Paps

    Lebron has nothing on Vince for dunking. Vince is the best dunker ever.

  • theo

    @ jackie moon,
    i wasnt trying to say that the officiating was bad only for US, i was trying to say that it was bad both ways, because i have read from others that said “the US should have won by even more, but the refs bailed the greeks out” or something like that. I was just saying that “the play of the tournament” was actually a foul at first, and should have never happened, but like i said, one play can’t really change a game. If the Greeks had been knocking down their open shots, the game would have been a lot more competetive, also, i was hoping for baby shaq to have a much better game. and we lost against spain because we were missing out open shots as well….. if the greek guards slow the games down, we have more shot at winning, because the US is obviously more athletic than us. The greeks need to gain their focus back, and hopefully they can get it back with wins over angola and china. but anyway, congrats to the US again, i hope we play again in the tournament, where i believe both teams will be at their best

  • whooo!

    did anybody else notice how much undercutting the greek team does? in the league, you’ll see guys ride a player, but once he gets in the air, there’s always separation. watching this game, the greeks would stay on the ground, foul the arm, and then run underneath team usa’s legs. not enough for a full undercut, but makes for those really dangerous one footed landings. the hell is up with that? i remember marbury getting undercut BAD by nocioni in 2004, and no foul was called even though marbury flipped over completely in the air.

  • http://pretendingtohaveanownwebsite.com Art Vendelay

    @Darksaber: YES, ZDF showed portions of the game (2 minutes or so)…sorry I didn’t respond earlier, I was asking myself if I should be disappointed of the Greek loss since I am partly Greek, but then again…NO!

  • James aka the Artist Formerly Known as Krayzie Bone

    Anyone notice that Baby Shaq’s name is Sophocles? The spell it Sofoklis, but its the same name. Thats like the real shaq being named Shakespeare O’Neal. Also kudos to Lang for the Hellas pun when talking about him

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    @Art Vendelay: yep, i noticed that german tv totally SCREWED me on that game. Their programming called for them to show the game, but i guess the german horsey riders were winning medals so they changed it around. Fan-tas-tic. AS of now, i am boycotting ZDF/ARD. All i got to see of the game were the (great) highlight dunks of Team USA, and Melo getting his butt thrown to the ground on a drive. ARRRGGH!

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    And Paps, don’t get me wrong. No one has ever been more explosiv, more creative, more impressive than VC when dunking. No one. But Lebron, considering his weight is straight ridiculous in games. He regularly has his head at rim heigt, and the tip dunk he pulled yesterday (off yet another Melo miss) was bananas. i mean even MJ was an impressive hang time dunker, but Lebron is just incredible at times. And he takes off with minimum effort. Just like Vince used two, but with more power.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Sorry Cub, I only got to watch the blowout part of the game between Australia and Iran, late third Q onwards. Mills was good, solid, had double figures but its hard to really see whats happening from an indivdual view re. imporovement. Mills did a better job getting guys invloved in the 4th but wasnt really leading ( pointing guys to spots etc.), just running sets for other people and getting them in the game. He can, as we know get to rack whenever he wants and he usually made the right decision once he got into the lane. He had a few wide open 3′s but chose to get it to the open man, which was good to see ( and usually they hit it). I think, that its as if the Americans think that Mills cant shoot straight, which isnt the case. I saw him play against New Zealand in qualifying and he was draining pull-up jumpers on quick-hitters and wasnt lacking confidence. Its just that right now (obviously) his game is more penetrate and kick or got to the basket and create/shoot. He did a better job controlling the tempo overall, but, like I said, it was the 4th Quarter of a 40 point blowout win. Sorry, I didnt get back to you earlier btw.

  • B. Long

    That DWade to Kobe alley was redamndiculous.

  • joesmoove

    Wade is really shutting up all the doubters! The Media said he was the next Grant Hill, etc, he will never be the same, etc. He was HURT!@#@#
    Now he discovered what weights can do for him, especially his style of play, no one goes harder to the hoop peroid. He is by far the best player at the Olympics, he is shooting in the 70 percentile!

    Now, the NBA better watch out, a diesel, better, stronger DWade. He will prove by midseason that he is the best player in the world!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Just finished watching Australia play Russia and win by 15 or something. Mills was excellent. He and CJ Bruton ( the starter) both played heavy minutes at point and combo guard and held JR Holden to something like 6-26 shooting, he was locked up tight and they were all over him, not just bad shooting but playing help, hustling for balls, hitting 3′s and being controlled down the stretch with smart plays and solid defence. Easily the best games for those two. Both get straight A’s and Bogut played good to.

  • B. Long

    No live blog today? (single tear drop rolls down cheek)

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    i was expecting one today also…Kobe needs to step up.

  • B. Long

    Decent first half for Team USA. Chris Paul was aggressive. Kobe and Lebron both shot well from deep. Boozer and Prince both got burn. This is my first time to see Rubio live and his passing seems to be as good as advertised. That alley oop he threw was sic. Its gonna be an interesting 2nd half.

  • http://sdfjkl.com Jukai

    Wow, Spain is getting creamed. Ironically, the only time they play halfway decent is when Rubio is in. Fernandez is playing awful.

  • http://sdfjkl.com Jukai

    JASON KIDD SCORES A POINT!
    B. Long we should do our own live blog right now

  • B. Long

    For shizzle Jukai. Deron is having a subpar game. Flash with the nastiness! You gotta love the hustle too.

  • B. Long

    I’m watching the game on nbc’s webcast from my office and the Chinese timeout entertainment is awesome. I wish there was a cheering section here wearing panchos and sombreros.

  • B. Long

    Melo has decided to finally join us. Nice shooting. Chris Bosh is the most underrated player on this squad. Rubio has pretty quick hands on d.

  • B. Long

    D Wade must be taking mannatech. Mike “da minister” Redd getting some pre garbage burn. Coach K is living dangerously!

  • B. Long

    Acutally I just realized we’re up by 29. Sorry Mike.

  • B. Long

    Da Minister just flushed with two hands. The game is offically over.

  • B. Long

    Prince wit da dagger!

  • http://sdfjkl.com Jukai

    I was kidding, I wasn’t actually going to do that

  • http://sdfjkl.com Jukai

    Also, Deron had eleven points and three assists with one turnover. How is that a subpar game?

  • B. Long

    Thanks for the help, Jewkai. Must be counting pennies somewhere. 8)

  • B. Long

    Your comments just showed up. I missed the first quarter but what did Deron shot from the field? Seemed like he missed alot of shots to me. Again I’m watching the game on webcast from my office so maybe I just missed his buckets. Rubio looks solid but a 1 pick? I’m still not sold. Probably top 10 though.

  • http://sdfjkl.com Jukai

    50%, bro. And I know math.
    You have to ask yourself: could Derrick Rose or Greg Oden have played any better against Team USA? I 100% don’t think so.

  • B. Long

    Your 200% wrong. Rose and Oden would both be better right now. He had a decent game with one highlight that I saw on that alley-oop but I think Rose will perform better against JKidd, Deron, and CP3 during his rookie year than Rubio did this morning.

  • http://sdfjkl.com Jukai

    Your intelligence has dropped 50% in my opinion too, B. Long. Rose played like total crap in the NCAA finals… he played more than twice as long and his stats were on par with Rubio. Now, tell me who is a better team, Kansas or Team USA?

  • http://sdfjkl.com Jukai

    I really can’t believe how dumb you sound, B. Long.

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