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Wednesday, August 20th, 2008 at 7:53 am  |  358 responses

Links: Team 116, Australia 85

It’s win or go home time…

by Lang Whitaker

Welcome to the quarterfinals. I’ll be with you live all morning. Tipoff is looming…

In games earlier this morning, Spain and Lithuania each won, advancing to the next round. No real surprises there, except it means China is out of medal contention.

Starting line ups:
AUS: Bogut, Newley, Bruton, Barton, Barlow
USA: Melo, Dwight, Kobe, Kidd, Bron

Here we go…

FIRST QUARTER
• USA win the tip. Australia starts in man to man and Dwight misses a hook shot.

• Bogut misses a hook shot even worse, then Melo hits a J from the wing. 2-0, USA.

• Nielsen gets an open 3 and misses. USA gets it inside and misses a few tip-ins, before Dwight gets fouled and to the line. Miss, miss. Doug Collins says Team USA is 11th out of 12 teams in free throw shooting.

• Barlow, looking like a Down Under version of Kirilenko, misses a three, and Dwight scores and gets fouled. And one. Good.

• 5-0, USA, two minutes in.

• Neilsen hits an awkward runner and gets fouled. Good. And it’s a 5 to THREE ballgame!

• Not anymore. Melo for two. Team USA is going to the rim every time down.

• Bron pushes the ball on the break and misses a lefty layup. Dwight gets the board and gets fouled by Bogut, his second foul. AUS doesn’t seem inclined to sub him out.

• Kobe finally hits one of those jumpers from the wing, and then Bron brings the ball up and hits a three. Dwight scores the next time down,a nd Team USA leads 14-5.

• Very little rhythm in this game early — lots of fouls and stoppages.

• Patty Mills is in for AUS, along with Bruton, giving them a tiny backcourt. Neilsen picks up his second foul. Bogut and Neilsen each have two fouls.

• Mills pops a three from the wing.

• Kobe forces a turnaround jumper that misses.

• Barlow wets a set shot from three! 15-12, USA.

• Stop the games! Kidd just took a jumper and made it! His third shot attempt of the entire Olympics.

• Down 17-14, Bruton misses a three with a chance to tie. USA comes back and gets it to Dwight, who’s fouled again. That’s six fouls on AUS with the first quarter barely halfway finished. They might have to go zone just to stay out of foul trouble. Timeout on the floor, 17-14, USA.

• Dwight makes the first, misses the second then gets the board 1-on-4 and scores. Anstey hits a three on the other end to make it 20-17. Wade checks in.

• Kobe takes a three a quick three that even Doug Collins mildly criticizes.

• AUS can’t catch a break, getting the ball inside and missing a couple of easy shots. USA comes flying back down the floor and Bron gets popped in the mouth. He makes one of two free throws, Team USA leads 21-17.

• Patty Mills flies into the lane and misses a layup. Anstey hits a turnaround J to make it 21-19, USA, with 1:30 to go.

• Newley misses an alley-oop, then Mills wins the Aussie equivalent of an Oscar, drawing a charge on Deron Williams.

• Saville to the line for AUS. Good, good. Tied up!

• Not for long. AUS goes zone and Melo pops a three to give USA a 24-21 lead. Mills goes to the line. Good, miss.

• USA holds for the last shot of the quarter. AUS plays a box-and-one it looks like, with Mills on CPaul. Somehow Bosh gets fouled away from the ball. Bosh misses, makes.

• AUS isolates Mills and clears it out. Mills drives and gets the layup, then misses the and one. Chris Paul misses a layup at the end of the quarter. So after one quarter, it’s 25-24, USA.

• Team USA is 5-11 on free throws thus far, but they’re ahead 20-12 on rebounds.

SECOND QUARTER
• Mills gets it in to Bogut, who misses another layup. Wade gets the rebound and runs it right down Mills’ throat. Good, and one, good. 28-24.

• Melo drives and forces a foul call against AUS. Team USA has switched it up and put Deron Williams on Mills, BTW. Melo hits to make it 30-26.

• Steal by Williams, then a turnover right back. Mills hits a layup over Bosh, who tries to draw a charge. Block that shot, big man!

• Bosh gets fouled inside and goes to the line. Misses the first, then makes the second. Looks like Boeheim is coaching the free throws.

• USA goes small (Kobe, Bron at the 5, Melo, Wade, Deron). They immediately force a fast break and get a dunk. Melo shoves Bogut for the foul. Bosh checks back in for Melo.

• Kobe pump fakes a three and drives for an open dunk. AUS comes back and USA gets a turnover, then Kobe puts a mixtape move on Mills and gets a layup. Timeout, AUS. 37-30, USA, with 6:39 left in the first half.

• Out of the timeout, AUS goes to Bogut, who gets triple-teamed but somehow scores. He misses the free throw, though. Deron Williams scores on the other end.

• LeBron tips away a pass and goes one on one against Bruton. Bron lowers his shoulder and goes through Bruton for the layup. I think Bruton ended up in Shanghai.

• USA leads 41-32. Newley drives and scores to cut it to 7.

• Hey guess what? Kobe just forced and missed another three. I may or may not have cursed out loud at his shot selection.

• 41-36 now, as AUS is making a run.

• Enough, says Bron, who bulls his way to the rim and gets the layup and a foul.

• Some guy named Worthington fouls Melo a little too hard underneath, and Bron gives him a little shove. Everyone stands around trying to look tough, and Doug Collins starts talking about when he played in the 1972 Munich Olympics. Seriously.

• Melo hits both free throws. Not sure AUS wants to go there with Team USA. Shouldn’t they let the sleeping beast lie?

• Kobe finally decides to drive, where he gets an NBA continuation call, and one. Misses, makes it 47-38 with 3:35 left.

• AUS goes zone and Team USA all stands like statues on offense. Bron finally takes a bad three and misses.

• AUS misses another layup. They must’ve missed about 7 or 8 open layups.

• USA back to the line, makes it 48-40. Then Bron drives through the AUS zone to make it 50-40, two minutes left.

• Newley! He hits a stepback three to make it a 7 point game.

• Here’s a surprise: Kobe forces and misses a three.

• Deron Williams misses an open three. USA is 2-12 on threes and 10-20 form the free throw line. And they still lead by 7, mostly because they’re getting every rebound (30 to 14).

• Worthington misses a three, and at the buzzer Deron Williams hits a pull-up three! Heckuva shot, and Team USA takes their biggest lead. Kevin Harlan would have called that a dagger. USA leads at the half, 55-43.

Looking at the numbers at the half, Bron has 12 points and 7 rebounds, and he’s really been Team USA’s most aggressive player thus far — no one else seems interested in pushing the ball at all, yet Bron’s been fighting his way to the rim over and over. And Team USA is totally controlling the boards — they have one less offensive rebound than Australia has total rebounds. Mills and Newley lead the Aussies with 8 points apiece.

Wow…was looking through the stats and Team USA has, get this, a total of 2 assists on 21 field goals. So yeah, maybe guys are trying to do a little too much on their own. And Chris Paul had a terrible half (0 points, 0 assists, 0 steals, 2 fouls, 1 turnover).

THIRD QUARTER
• USA starts with the ball, and Newley fouls Kobe on the perimeter.

• There it is: Kobe off a screen for a three, USA goes ahead 58-43. Melo for three, and now it’s 61-43.

• Crazy play, and Bron ends up diving out of bounds to save it, and Kobe ends up getting fouled. Kobe misses his first free throw, makes the second. USA leads by 19, 62-43.

• Steal by USA, and Kidd gets an open layup. AUS looks exhausted coming out of the half. Kobe plays a two man game with Dwight, patiently waits and gets a layup, and one. See what happens when you don’t jack up an early three? Timeout, the Aussies.

• Kobe misses the free throw and Dwight gets blocked on the rebound. Anstey shoots an airball from three.

• Melo hits Kobe on a crosscourt pass and he drains the open three. That’s a 14-0 run for Team USA, with Kobe scoring 9.

• 69-43, 6:06 left in the third.

• Patty Mills hits a three, the first points of the third for the Aussies.

• Wow, on a loose ball, Kidd tips it to an open Bron inside, who scores and gets fouled. Free throw rims out.

• On a switch, Mills ends up with Bosh guarding him, and Bosh actually makes him give it up. Worthington ends up dunking the ball as it sits on the rim.

• Uh-oh, Bogut is on the bench with his shoe off and ice on his ankle. Mark Cuban is somewhere yelling, I told you guys! Don’t let your guys play in the Olympics!

• Bosh gets the ball inside on a gorgeous dish from LeBron. Dunk. Bosh scores next time down, too. Bron is getting his hands on every loose ball.

• Down 75-50, and the Aussies go full court man to man, which is what USA has been waiting for so they can start running.

• Tayshaun is in. Cigars for everyone!

• Bosh with a dunk. Wade with a jumper from the wing that he banks in. You don’t often see guys intentionally bank in three pointers.

• Well that got out of hand, fast. Team USA’s up 30 now with 2:14 left in the third. Team USA’s up 27-9 in the third. Mills and Prince swap threes.

• Saville takes a three from the wing, and while closing out Wade looks like he pops him in the stomach. Saville hits the shot, and one, and starts chirping at Wade, as does Mills. They know they’re down 27, right?

• Mills gets a layup, but USA comes back and Prince catches an oop from CP. Then Bosh blocks a three from Mills.

• The Aussies hold for the last shot of the half, but can’t score. So there goes this game. Team USA went on a 34-18 run in the third. After three, Team USA is in control, 89-61.

FOURTH QUARTER
• Australia comes out in man-to-man, and Deron Williams goes right by Mills for a layup.

• Mike Redd check in, but Boozer still can’t get off the bench, despite a 26 point lead for Team USA. Redd hits a three.

• Bron checks back in, draws a double team and hits Kobe for a long open three. When he’s open and in rhythm, Kobe looks like Kobe.

• 96-67, with 6:42 left in the game. Kobe hits a long three with a defender in his face. Ingles hits one on the other end. Then Bron hits a jumper from the wing off the wrong foot. Timeout, Australia. During the timeout, we see Bogut hop over to the huddle, unable to put any weight on his left ankle.

• One of the Australia assistant coaches is holding a digital camera on the bench. Now he’s taking pictures during the game.

• Ingles hits another three. Eight points for him in garbage time.

• Boozer checks in. Wade drives through the Outback for a layup.

• Ingles hits another three. So does Michael Redd.

• Breen and Collins mention that both Boozer and Redd are guys who need a lot of minutes to be successful. Then maybe Team USA should’ve found some guys who don’t need a lot of minutes to be bench guys?

• Nielsen takes another cheap shot on Chris Paul. Nielsen’s the kind of guy you want on your team, not against your team.

• 2:44 left, and Team USA leads big. Ingles takes out Deron Williams legs on a layup, which is a pretty cheap play. Deron refuses CJ Bruton’s hand as he tries to help him up.

• Nielsen drives inside and Boozer hacks him hard. Nielsen makes one of two. Boozer drains a two over Nielsen.

And that’s it, Team USA wins 116-85. Team USA now plays the winner of Argentina/Greece on Friday. The Aussies kept it close early, but, as they’ve done to everyone else in the Olympics, Team USA eventually wore them down.

Kobe finally broke out, with 25 points on 10-16 shooting. LeBron went for 16 and 9, and every player on Team USA scored at least 2 points. Australia was led by Patty Mills, who scored a relatively quiet 20 points.

Two more wins from gold for the Redeem Team…

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  • krod

    Cant wait…Go USA!!!

  • krod

    1ST!!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    AUSSIE PRIDE!!! WHOO!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Game doesnt start for, like 20 minutes though. Coverage starts @ 10 pm ( but AUS is getting softball ( thanks 7) between AUS and Japan to play the USA in the quarter final).

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

    HURSTY THIS IS THE BIG ONE WOULDN’T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD

  • andrew

    now, if only they’d take the women’s softball game off channel 7, I’ll be ok…

  • andrew

    Also, I’d like David Barlow to re-enact his perfect 14-14 game he played against New Zealand in the NBL this year. That’d be good.

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

    hurst & andrew, while i got the sh*ts that the games on delay, the softball is mildly entertaining. And while i love CJ ( ex hawk represent!!!) why is he starting over Mills

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    YEH BOY!!! Money, Andrew good to ‘see’ you ‘here’.

  • andrew

    I’d like to see both CJ and PM start, but I think CJ is the better option for distributing at the start… Mills and CJ on court at the same time, however, is madness. Great madness.

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

    andrew i watched that game, he will be a beast in melbourne this year again. & back to CJ, the only possibl logic is that he knows goorj’s plays inside out

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    CJ does a better job controlling the tempo and running sets, he’s older and a better shooter and gets guys to the right spots, getting guys involved early. Mills can heat up quick as but struggles to get guys good shots sometimes and is a shoot first guard. 3-2 AUS.

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

    Wow, Aussie pride deep in here this morning.

  • andrew

    Yeah, I was at that game too. Amazing. And yr right, CJ would have way more of Goorj’s sets to memory.

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

    A hobo throws up a prayer shot….

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

    KB playing D early

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

    TAD, theres so much aussie pride that the new slam time is not morning,rather 10:12 pm AEST

  • andrew

    REP-RA-ZENT! Or something equally ebonics-ish. Someone’s gotta fly the green and gold flag…

  • stokesey

    lets go boomers,

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

    Well, i’m drinking my coffee, so it’s morning for me ;)

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    fu(king softball. IS the Hobo Matt Nielson TAD?

  • andrew

    I’m nearly out of maltesers already and the games not even on TV yet.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    10:11pm here TAD. Add 14 hours or so and you get to Aussie standard time.

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

    I think so Hursty. Whoever had the scraggly beard…

  • stokesey

    ive never hated softball more :(

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

    A lot of Aussie fouls early…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Like Lincoln standard time but I digress or whatever the word is.

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

    Holy crap! Kidd shot and made a J!

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

    andrew, i’m nearly out of tv’s, iv’e kicked the c*nts in for showing softball.

  • http://slamonline.com bbfan

    wow this is wierd almost everyone is rooting for aust. go usa!

  • andrew

    bb – it’s because Slam’s an Australian magazine.

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

    bbfan, its because almost every1 on here at the moment is australian, go figure

  • andrew

    @ money – ha effin ha… that had me laughing out loud.

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

    lol at andrew

  • http://slamonline.com bbfan

    what time is it there in australia?

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

    15 minutes after the games supposed to star

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    What’s crackin’ folks. Looking good Hursty & Money Bill.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Huh? Yeh Australia doesnt get D*ME in news-stands and you have to order H00P from the USA. Besides, I think you’ll find that theres a lot of guys watching this who wont comment and its the AUSSIE PRIDE that brings people out of the woodwork ( like Andrew and Stokesey- btw you dont have any relation to Michael Stockes do you?)

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

    Too much 1 on 1…

  • andrew

    It’s looking good if you like softball. Hot dang this is getting frustrating. And SBS is showing China v Brazil volleyball. THE WHOLE GAME. grr..

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Hursty; Why would you ever want to read HOOP? I subscribed for some years, then I grew up.

  • stokesey

    bb- 8.20 here on the west coast… boomers seem to hangin around…

  • http://250aspirin.blogspot.com DJ Leon Smith

    Go you Aussie bastards.

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

    i hope USA 4 LIFE comes on this thread. If anybody missed the Marbury to Europe thread, please go read the entire post. He thought i was chinese even though 3 different people including myself told him i was australian

  • andrew

    or (Channel 7 owner) kerry stokes? ring the b@stard up and tell him to put the boomers on the friggin telly!

  • stokesey

    hey hursty, nah not that i kno of….

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Man that Mills guy is a blur. Nice drive.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Please refrain from putting the psycho David Anderson in. and Barlow = Kirilenko? He’s at least 20 pounds heavier and an inch taller, he can shoot 3′s and plays 3 positions.

  • http://slamonline.com bbfan

    it’s 5:23 here in cali so most usa fans should still be sleeping.

  • stokesey

    hahahahaha @hursty!!! that funny as i wish i knew him, of all times for a bloody softball game to go 12+ frickin innings :(

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

    nice drive by mills…

  • Milan

    Make your free throws Mills, Boomers could’ve been in the lead after 1.

  • http://slamonline.com bbfan

    the aussie team is playing really well.

  • dave

    turn the freaking softball off, no one cares!!

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

    hursty please tell me your jokin bout not being able to get hoop/dime, i COULD get them at my local, except im loyal to slam and the local handle. Problem is i just got the slam ish with CP3 on cover and that is current issue in AUS

  • sab

    no way Aus will win this. surely??!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    ITS OVER! ITS OVER! JAPAN WINS!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    ah K stokesey. Old coach I had has that surname. Played for NZ for a bit. Names Michael Stokes, thats all.

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

    Bad call on charge…

  • andrew

    Thank kerist for that. Money, you gotta get a subscription… you get the current issue two weeks after it hits stateside… plus, it’s cheap. And, as for Hoop, you might as well just read NBA.com for all the insight it gives… Bruce Bowen as a columnist? for real?

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Hursty; I’m cheering for psycho David, he’s got a Danish passport as well. If Aussies win that could be Denmark’s claim to basketball fame, now that Christian Drejer retired because of injury. Mills again – I’m a fan!

  • stokesey

    saville back to back buckets!! man its going to be a good day ;)

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

    Damn Deron! Protect the ball man….

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

    WOLLONGONG HAWKS REPRESENT!!!

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

    Nice pass dwade…

  • andrew

    i still got freakin softball here… c’mon, 7, give us what we need!

  • Milan

    Very sloppy by the Aussies.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    I dont have D*ME at any local stores. My area doesnt have it. Neither does the QVB. btw its SLAM herecy not to block out at least one letter of the word D*me Money.

  • sab

    kobe having some fun…

  • Pete Casey

    The commentator on NBC.com said to “grab your wife and children and head to to the basement or get under a desk when Howard went to the line.”

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

    I’m thinking everyone was expecting a blowout since i’m here by myself w/ all Aussies…

  • Pete Casey

    Kobe gave em the bop-bop.

  • stokesey

    wow getting smoked on the boards 22-8, USA have more offensive rbs than the boomers total!!! not a good sign

  • andrew

    thank god… i’ll check back in at the next time out..

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

    Strong move by Bogut.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    finally they stop the coverage even though AUS lost 10 minutes ago and its the end of the 3rd…. Im writing a f*cking letter to Channel 7.

  • stokesey

    holy sh1t its on tv, im out, catch u guys at half time :)

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

    Aussie Pride is for pussies.

  • http://slamonline.com bbfan

    ur not the only fan rooting for the us tadone. nice to see someone else root for the us

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

    lovely newley

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Great move by Newley on Kobe

  • Pete Casey

    USA loves the 2nd quarter

  • http://slamonline.com bbfan

    good morning eboy

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

    Kobe is such sh*t.

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

    lovely by anderson, should resign with hawks

  • Jarrod

    eboy its funny you mention pussies when your country has to play football with pads

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

    I’m glad the US has the worlds greatest player on their squad. #6.

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

    Stop jacking 3′s KB!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Miami is for old people. Melo got b*tched… again. “Take no rubbish” Gaze. He’s all emotional.

  • riggs

    thanks for tossing up shots kobe /sarcasm

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Jarrod; hahahaha good one.

  • andrew

    I freaking love drewy’s commentary! “Take no rubbish from these americans!”
    Hilarious.

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

    Jarrod, your girlfriend plays with no pads and it get’s pretty bloody. :)

  • Pete Casey

    touch foul

  • http://www.slamonline.com Matt Caputo

    Anderson goes to the buckett and goes through three guys to make the basket… NO FOUL……Lebron goes breathed on and he’s on the line….amazing.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    LMAO @ Jarrod.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Kobe defensive stopper? I beg to differ..

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

    Australia is for bushwackers.

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

    i thought melo was going to punch worthington in head and run off

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    BS foul AND 1 on Kobe.

  • http://250aspirin.blogspot.com DJ Leon Smith

    Melo, your vagina is showing.

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

    Hard to imagine how good Australia would be if they were athletic.

  • Pacman

    Hmm, have seen only the last 5 mins, but it looks like the us plays terrible defense for the first time in this tourney?

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

    mmm. you’re reduced to generalised stereotypes now eboy

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Team US really can’t shoot them free ones..

  • http://www.slamonline.com Matt Caputo

    All these U.S. cats are soft. The Aussies have been playing against men their whole lives. Who was on the referee counsel for this thing Donahgy?

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

    Nice to see KB bailed out by a call…

  • andrew

    money – hahahaha i thought that too… good to see that the yanks have some pride and stepped up, love that our boys were laughing in their faces though.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    USA is for arrogant f*cks. Tall Poppy Syndrome Eboy.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Aus should play hack-a-Shaq on the whole team.

  • Pete Casey

    Watching the US ‘run’ their half court offense makes me want to pull a Bobby Knight and throw chairs.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    * team US

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

    Nice D, Kobe. Loser.

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

    They are called FREE throws for a reason!

  • stokesey

    just a side note for aussie viewers…thank f#ck basil zemplis isnt commentating!!!

  • riggs

    Just let ‘bron go in for the rest of the game.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Like the freethrow shooting by the USA so far 9-19.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Matt Caputo

    Bobby Knight would have killed two of them already.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    @ Stokesey-Better than firggin Rick Kamla… urgh.

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

    Nice to see that Bogut has made such a HUGE difference. Dummies. Oh, their Australians, not surprising.

  • andrew

    Man, our boys gotta get some freakin rebounds. That’s killed us so far. USA is killing it on the offensive glass.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Play nice, kids. BTW, I’m writing like, notes and stuff above.

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

    A 31-14 rebound advantage and the US is only up by 11?! Make your free throws kids…

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

    I guess I SHOULD go read Lang’s notes now…

  • FLUD

    They’re a**hole’s at the rim those Austrailians. So many weak layups and blown gimmes. Could be closer.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Matt Caputo

    Coach K really does understand the strengths of this team. They need to keep coming at these teams like a bulldozer. Their half court set could never be as natural as their running game anyway. You never really get your half court offense correct right away. They’ve played real well.

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

    don’t worry guys, eboys just cranky that bingo and shuffleboards havent started for the morning. And who changed his alzheimers medication for skittles?

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

    “Here’s a surprise: Kobe forces and misses a three” Lang is smart.

  • Pete Casey

    10 for 20 from the charity stripe

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    30-14 or something. Eboy- if you win by less than 10 im going to be putting sh8t all over you and yours till the next international games. If you lose…. you’ll never hear the end of it. I wonder how much the referees are being paid though… lots of cheap fouls being called against the Aussie team while the USA is getting nothing bad down low.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Matt Caputo

    They’ve can’t shoot when they’re in the NBA either.

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

    Yes, Money, you’re correct. But in about 60 minutes, the rest of the pertinent basketball world won’t have to hear about the sh*t team you guys are so overly excited about. Thanks for the compliments though.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    lmao @ Money.

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

    Hursty, you’re way too confident. Seriously.

  • Pete Casey

    @ Matt: You are absolutely right. It just pains me though to watch 4 guys stand around while Kobe tries to back his man down.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Im reading the notes Lang. Just that they’re 2-3 minutes behind real time.

  • stokesey

    that 3 by williams hurts…. dunno why worthington was backing up with 2 seconds on the clock… :( get a hand in the mans face!!!

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

    Yes, laugh at insults to a nobody website commenter while the rest of the world laughs at your basketball team. America, F*ck Ya’ll!!!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    USA should win gold easily. They sure are making things difficult for themsleves though.

  • C

    You guys are real ball watchers – yeah, Kobe got beat once or twice- but for the most part, he’s playing tremendous D.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    its FU*K ‘YEH’! Eboy. jeez.

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

    Nice notes Lang. A few things: too much one-on-one, too many forced jumpers, not enough ball movement, and make your damn freebies!

  • supersull

    “Everyone trys to look tough”.

    Hahahah. Good stuff Lang.

  • Skaff

    did everyone else enjoy the softball? Channel 7 is a joke

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

    Actually, I’ll head Lang’s words and play nice for the rest of the game. I want to see these Australian guys together for 20 more minutes since I won’t see them again for 4 more years.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    So true TAD.

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

    Eboy, I’m being patriotic, however i am a fan of basketball first and foremost and if aus inevitably loose i will not be upset, as there talent is far less than their opponents

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    If only Australia could make layups…

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

    No Hursty, that’s my spin on it this morning.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Man I’m hoping for a Australian 3-point barrage just to shut up FatEboy.

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

    So was I Money, all I read was “where are the US fans” for the first 80 comments or so. Well, here I am. It’s all good, it’s just a game and we’re not playing in it.

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

    Oh, and I agree w/ Caputo about Coach K playing to the USA’s strength’s. They get out and run as much as possible. Write this down because that is the last time I give Coach K a compliment.

  • Jackie Moon

    Newley is p0wnig Kobe, but Kobe did get a nice offensive rebound in the second quarter. Also, Wade got shoved by Anderson with TWO hands as Wade was in the air for an alley. No call, wtf? Wade had a right to be pissed, and I think he let Anderson know it.

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

    Lz, you too??? Jesus, it must suck to be you.

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

    Yeah, that was me E. But I think you made up for your absence in about 5 minutes. Nice job.

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

    haha eboy called me a nobody website commentor. I don’t think you realise but outside this blog and shawn kemps offspring your a nobody commenter either

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Athletics is laaame. Eboy- Australia wasnt supposed to even get out of the group stage. They’ve already overachieved. Im happy with what they’ve done dude. If they are competitive then I couldnt have asked for more. btw Lithuania and Spain both won by 20+.

  • andrew

    Lang, I appreciate that you give us a forum to air our grievances. It’s also real nice that you write about the game. Eboy – we are particularly proud of our boys doing as well as they have given that most of the basketball world didn’t give us anything this year… a little parochialism from the only English speaking team you kids have played in this whole tournament shouldn’t scare you… Just think if the Germans/spaniards/etc could type wittily and fluently in English.. you’d hav copped this all tournament long..

  • Jackie Moon

    Kobe shoots a three and makes it. You suck, Kobe!

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

    Lz, you were talking about threes??? HAHAHAHAHA!

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

    Money, you’re dense, I was talking about myself. Learn to comprehend the written word.

  • Jackie Moon

    Great hustle by LBJ! He looks like a drunk man chasing a squirrel. And no, that is not a Chinese proverb.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Boy did I know that was coming.

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

    I’m so glad KB passed up that 3 and took it to the rim…

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

    kidd with a pretty layup

  • Jackie Moon

    Jason Kidd is forcing too many shots these Olympics.

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

    Is that Kobe playing decent finally? Whoa.

  • supersull

    Not bad considering the Aussie national league is in turmoil.

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

    ok eboy, we’re both nobody. the US are somebody, a gold medallist team

  • Jackie Moon

    Kobe injures Bogut with that reverse layup. I saw Kobe do that same move on Dirk Nowitzki once.

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

    Still too much one-on-one, but whatever…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Howard got blocked!

  • andrew

    Bogut is done. Great timing, just as Kobe finds his shot. Kerrrist. I hate basketball.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Most comments ever before 9 am? Nice to see Kobe show some life while LeBron continues to be amazing. Lang, did you see Spain highlights? Your boy Ricky had a sick one-handed pass that channeled Mark Jackson circa 1988.

  • Jackie Moon

    Stop shooting threes, Kob!

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

    Kobe get’s a two finger clap for this past 5 minutes.

  • andrew

    Ben, it’s because it’s barely 11pm in Melbourne… I’ve had too much caffeine today, and now Australia is losing. A lot.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Yeh, you probably right Ben with 150 or so.

  • Jackie Moon

    Jerry Colangelo looks sunburnt.

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

    Kobe hits a 3! Thank you for coming out and goodnight!

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    LeBron is amazing.

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

    lebron > kobe

  • Jackie Moon

    Kidd with the reboundassist!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    MAD putback by Worthington, even though the game is 23 point lead to the USA….

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Agree Money Bill.

  • Jackie Moon

    bosh > boozer

  • riggs

    if you read the comments going straight down, you can see the frustration of the oz commentators. its like the final stages of knowing that youre gonna die.

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

    not agree with hursty, kinda ugly putback he hung off the ring before the ball went in

  • andrew

    Gaze > Loggins.

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

    LMAO @ riggs

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Anstey > Boozer

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Channel 7 doesnt seem to get that substitutions dont = fu*king adds. Im writing a letter of ‘pi$sed off-ness’ to Channel 7.

  • Jackie Moon

    Newley’s got a nice game. He looks like he’s Steve Kerr’s size, but he’s really about 6’5 and not too scrawny… great pass LBJ to Bosh.

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

    Bosh is really playing well.

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

    agree riggs, i actually thought we were going to be competitive in this game

  • Jackie Moon

    Aussie has officially given up.

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

    ricky grace> dave thomas

  • andrew

    riggs – it’s because australia isn’t as good as america at basketball, but we still had some hope. It’s what fans do, talk sh!t about their team in the vain hope that it might actually come true. I barrack (root) for Melbourne in Aussie rules football… worst team, but I still go to their games hoping they’ll win and give crap to their opponents…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    6’6 215 is Newley.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Is Lang gone? its almost at the end of the 3rd and he hasn’t commented since the beginning.

  • Pacman

    what happened to bogut?

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

    andrew i go for the dragons and hawks, thats why i had so much optimism 60 minutes ago yet now i have a sour taste in my mouth

  • Jackie Moon

    Thx Hursty.

  • gii

    dwade is just ridiculous.

  • Jackie Moon

    Lang must have fell asleep for a second. I’m nodding off at the keyboard.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    4 point play by Saville. still 26 point game though.

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

    Ge Len Saville with b2b treys. HAWKS!

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

    MY GOODNESS PAT MILS COAST TO COAST

  • Jackie Moon

    Gimme a break. Wade puts a forearm into a guy and gets called for a foul, and the guy wants to talk, yet when Wade was in the air in the first quarter he got shoved by an Aussie with both hands.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Mills is fast- but got blocked by Bosh. Calm down young fella

  • http://www.slamonline.com Matt Caputo

    Celebrating like you won Gold when dunking after basket-hanging. That’s the American way.

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

    Can we officialy change the human victory cigar nickname over to Boozer? Lang?

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

    Always nice to have a fire drill while i’m trying to watch the game.

  • Jackie Moon

    Blaine Worthington > Mark Worthington

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    I just posted something about Dick Cheney.

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

    Doesn’t appear I missed much….

  • Jackie Moon

    I meant Blaine Harrington

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

    TAD, what are you, sitting in a high school class?

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

    Ryan: why?

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Congrats US, good game. Aussies put up a good fight, until that Deron 3 killed their momentum.

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

    Feels that way sometimes E.

  • Jackie Moon

    Thanks for the cultural lesson, Craig Sager. Now tell us about how you like blondes.

  • andrew

    I like that our boys are getting feisty with Dwade etc. These guys would only ever get that from australians. Brings back memories of Heal v Barkley..

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

    langs mark cuban ref has me laughing

  • Jackie Moon

    Barlow has a sweet faux hawk.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Matt Caputo

    this game is a laughing matter.

  • stokesey

    USA up thirty and they put there starting 5 back on… 8min left, if thats not arrogance i dont kno wat is, they’ve clearly been the better team no need to rub it in….

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

    barlow = bart simpson

  • Jackie Moon

    Best. Garbage Time. Lineup. Ever.

  • Mendel

    Tayshawn has been in already so that cigar commentary crap needsw to go son.

  • andrew

    I keep forgetting Ingles has range. I keep forgetting about Ingles, period.

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

    Kobe get’s a full clap.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Like how the brain-damaged Danish commentators keep praising David Andersen, even though it’s so obvious he’s just a stiff. Those guys really know nothing about basketball.

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

    KB is a douche…

  • Jackie Moon

    stokesey: the US played the same bench guys for most of the fourth quarter, and some of the third, they needed a rest.

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

    andrew and eboy, agreed

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

    When did Ashley sprain her ankle?

  • andrew

    I can’t wait for NBA Live 09, then Australia will beat the USA on my Xbox.

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

    redd and jingles turned this into a rick barry shooting tutorial video

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

    A Michael Redd sighting!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    I need sleep. School is going to be awful tomorrow. 8AM start urgh…

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

    You are supposed to jump for that Boozer….

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

    TAD, he sprained it getting fake high fives at the free throw line

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    I predict Boozer will never be an All-Star again.

  • riggs

    why did carlos boozer get picked before another big again?

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

    Lang hit the nail on the head. When Kobe is open and in rhythm he looks like Kobe. When he’s not he looks like Ricky Davis.

  • andrew

    Can anyone say Go Opals?

  • Jackie Moon

    When the game matters, Kobe looks like Kobe. And that can be both good and bad.

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

    Way to blow a sweet Wade pass…

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Boozer is this versions’ Laettner.

  • Jackie Moon

    Deron’s beard is looking fantastic.

  • riggs

    tayshaun is long, hey that rhymed. also how was that a foul?

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

    gaze is going off! why you up so early hursty?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Boozer can fu*k off back to Utah. Jerk.

  • Jackie Moon

    Boozer wants to take on all of Australia.

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

    Good game, Aussies. To our Aussie SLAM guys, nice way to stand strong for your boys. It’s all love. For the US, 2 more. That simple.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    I have to present a business studies project worth 30% of my course in the morning and I have to get to the city before then.

  • Jackie Moon

    I never see anyone try to swat the first free throw off the rim.

  • stokesey

    my sentiments exactly hursty, boozer can blow me… fair enough jackie moon even though they only came on for 4min an then sat again for the real bench…???

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

    thanks for the love eboy, well played

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    LeBron’s tattoos look green on the TV. If only you could peel them off and start again…

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

    business studies is yuck, i dropped it before my HSC, first year accounting at uni is worse!

  • Jackie Moon

    Yes, Aussies were well-coached, missed some early chippies, but played that first quarter brilliantly. They’ve got some tough players, and a quick guard to boot. Teams should watch that first quarter when planning a strategy against the US. If an opposing team can make their threes and slow down the US, they’ve got a good chance to hang in the game.

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

    You know what I found out from this game? I really don’t like Carlos Boozer…

  • andrew

    Boozer was a total a$shole that last three minutes. I don’t see the benefit in throwing a guy to the ground when yr up by thirty. Is that asserting your dominance or just being a prick ‘cos you’re not getting any burn?

  • FLUD

    Neilsen=One of the Klopeks

  • andrew

    p.s. williams did not refuse brutons hand…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Im out everyone. Great comments mostly ( and its all love Eboy). Heads up Australia. Played hard. Done good.

  • Jackie Moon

    Where can I find a good box score? ESPN’s box is crappy. Doesn’t show assists and turnovers.

  • riggs

    hey aussies ill trade you boozer for nielsen

  • Jackie Moon

    Craig Sager just said that Australia played without “Matt Bogut” in Shanghai.

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

    riggs, no

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    A few points.
    1. @ Jackie-NBC.com
    2. Mills, Bogut, Newley Ingles will all 27 or under in London.
    3. Ater Majok- signed with UConn. 6-10 PF aged 20, REAL bright future if he develops the way he should under Coach Calhoun and Kembla Walker running the show. He’ll be 24 and the sky is the limit for him. From Blacktown, SYD.
    4. Out proper now.

  • Gateaux Blaster

    I wouldn’t trade Boozer for a sausage roll.

  • Joey Jo Jo

    I thought Andrew Gaze was goin to explode on the Australian commentary. He’s pretty much close to dropping his mic and picking a fight with team USA! :P

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    I think I speak for all my countrymen when I say, You people go back to your netball and your Koala bears. Ha, ha.

  • B. Long

    Kobe got his Kobe on this morning. FTH.

  • Joey Jo Jo

    Carlos Boozer = The new Felton Spencer
    Hey Ryan, at least netball players are hotter than your “Women’s” National Basketball

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

    Dont forget snakes, crocs,spiders, telephone throwing NRL directors and actors, contract skipping football players, victoria bitter, dame edna, possums, meat pies, sausage rolls, cricket, thongs, lamingtons and vegemite

  • http://www.slamonline.com James The Baller

    OMG you guys ahte so much on Kobe … fuel to the fire!!!!

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

    ryan, i think i speak for all my countrymen when I say, “Don’t you guys ever change”. The world needs somebody to laugh at!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    I just looked up “lamingtons” on wikipedia. They sound yummy.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    And dude, don’t worry, we’re not TRYING to change anything. McCain ’08!

  • Michael

    koalas are marsupials, not bears

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

    they are indeed

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    My bad. Marsupial bears, then.

  • Michael

    and lamingtons are delicious

  • http://www.slamonline.com James The Baller

    Kobe should shoot a 3 everytime down the floor so yall can have some more stuff to say about him!!

  • Michael

    no, its just koalas.

  • B. Long

    LOL@Ryan’s 10:10 comment

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

    we have drop bears and bundy bears too

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    My 10:11 comment was much funnier, but thanks.

  • Michael

    haha classic money, do they still have that ad in oz?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Since they’re both marsupials, can koala bears and kangaroo bears mate? Mate?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Get it? Because you guys say “mate” a lot. I think.

  • B. Long

    Kobe must’ve been on Slamonline yesterday.

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

    yer mate only when the rugbys on

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

    yer i get it homie/bro/homes/shawty/dude/buddy. and no i don’t think they mate

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Ah. “Fruity football,” we call it. You guys aren’t even tough enough to wear pads. So sad.

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

    haha very funny dr jones

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    I’m trying. Listen, I’m done with all this now. You people stay quirky, or otherwise we’ll get tired of your misplaced national pride and bomb you like we do everyone else. Fair dingum!

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

    sounds true blue mate, agreed

  • Rico

    This was a much closer game than anyone realizes. D-Will is too big of a liablitiy on this team, he sucks ans should get no playing time.

  • http://nbaukfan.blogspot.com/ mat smith

    pat mills rocked, I never thought anyone would make CP3 look slow(ish)

  • Jackie Moon

    @Rico – I kinda see where you are coming from, but the game was close for one quarter. Yes, Australia missed some easy layups that would have given them the lead, but teams just get worn down by the constant US assault. Australia is a very, very good team, and it’s too bad they got this matchup so early in the medal round, because I think they were worthy of playing for a medal.

  • Jackie Moon

    Also, it looks like the US will be playing Argentina next. This is going to be their toughest game of the whole Olympics. I wonder if Kobe will be guarding Manu, that’s gonna fun to watch.

  • Jackie Moon

    Whoops, misread the Argentina-Greece score. I thought Argentina was blowing them out.

  • Allan

    Argentina next on the USA’s radar . . .US over Argentina by 20 points

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    greece -arg 1:33 left, arg up by one….good game, greece looks like they’re competing in the 3 point shootout…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    i have to watch the us- aus replay, but im glad to read Newley was doing well since the Rockets have his rights.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    GINOBILI!!

  • B. Long

    Manu just scared the sh!t out of me.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Spanoulis, meet Karma.

  • Jackie Moon

    Colangelo just handed Kobe an unmarked manila folder and said “Here is your next target. His name is Emanuel Ginobili from Argentina”.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Nocioni had an injury and didnt come back, so he might be out next game.

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

    Trembles in fear of the thought of Manu running wild. GET THE FU*K OUT OF HERE!

  • B. Long

    LOL@Jackie.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    as for Dwight’s freebies, his hand has too much motion on his first attempt, his second attempt is simply a flick of the wrist and usually goes in, don’t they have coaches who look for this sort of thing?

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

    So since Argentina won, is that who we play next?

  • ciolkstar

    Man. Seriously, Manu is THAT dude. I gotta say that i think he’s the best non American player in the world. It doesn’t hurt that I watch almost every game the guy plays, but he is (IMO) one of the 5 best 2 guards in the world.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Tad, yes

  • http://sdfjkl.com Jukai

    ciolkstar, so uhm… ah whatever.

  • Jackie Moon

    Here’s my advice to whoever guards Manu on Team USA: make him go right. I know, easier said than done, but it’s free advice, what do you want?

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

    Between KB, Bron, Wade, and Tay, i’m quite sure we can keep Manu in check.

  • ciolkstar

    Who’s a better international player Jukai? Tell me. He has NBA chips and a gold medal. The guy is beyond clutch and tough as nails. He ranks near the top of the L in PER. His stats aren’t mind bloeing, b/c he doesn’t start or play huge minutes. I’m not saying we won’t be able to guard him or that ARG even has a serious chance. But individually he is definitely an elite level 2 guard. Tell me 5 better than him right now.

  • http://asternwarning.blogspot.com mookie

    Australia tried their little hearts out, but Team USA were just too athletic in the end, as always.

    But geez, didn’t Pat Mills confirm that he is the real deal? He and Brad Newley form an excellent backcourt for Australia for a solid decade to come.

    Nathan Jawai and Andrew Bogut up front and Joe Ingles, Mark Worthington and David Barlow on the wings. That’s some serious potential.

    –Mookie

  • Marcel Mutoni

    yeah, well, lebron’s better!

  • Sparker

    steve nash is better, arguably (although i really don’t feel like arguing about that)

  • Michael

    It’s just nitpicking, but why the hell can’t these guys hit freethrows.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    i wish Deron would lose 10 lbs, i think that’s what is keeping him from getting 3-4 inches higher on his dunks..

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    we should have just sent the warriors. baron, monta, and jack would destroy the world.

  • starbury&stevey

    1 more game to go home guys,greece is not kidding anymore,we´ve just found new dope method,Diamandidis is gonna jump higher than kobe,and run faster than Wade…

  • starbury&stevey

    @baron is a clip

  • J-O

    like the part in the third when bosh told the ball to get in girl

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    did anyone catch that part in the end, the USA team was walking off the court and Leron was coming towards them with what looked like an olympic employee, as soon as Deron saw them he took off running and the rest of the team caught him and held him, what was that about?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    correction, it was Melo who was walking with the employee and when Deron ran away from them Lebron caught him and held him until Melo and the employee caught up.

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

    ESPN said Deron had to get drug tested.

  • Jose

    i hope wade isnt slowin’ down.he isnt coring as much.it makes sense tho if dwight and kobe go for somewhere in the 20′s

  • Jose

    *scoring*

  • Rad

    RV- Deron was subjected to a random drug test after the game, so that’s probably what it was about. I caught that too. What a bunch of goofballs.

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    “That’s NOT a knife!THIS IS A KNIFE!!!”

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

    I especially enjoyed Worthington fouling Melo, hard, then getting pushed by Dwight, THEN Lebron in the back of the head. Looked like a flipper ball up in there. Dude didn’t back down though, was going for the heart2heart with the King before he got pulled back. niiice.

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

    Scola thought Greece’s frontline was tough, get ready for trouble against Team red, white and blue Luis. Better bring your A game. Matchups at the 2, 3 and 4 are going to be wicked. The true clutch player (Manu) versus the perceived clutch one (you know who), awesome. US shall win handily though since they will swarm allover the Argentine guards.

  • NZ Baller

    Are you an Aussie Money Bill? Thought with that username you may have been a kiwi….

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

    NZ Baller, half aussie half greek but live in Aust. Us aussies are known to steal big kiwi names, you should know that by now

  • B-Train

    So Lang, you have no problem with Wade taking a cheap shot when his team is up by 30, but you have a problem with Australian players getting in his ear about it?

  • chintao

    Can I say that I’m really starting to dig LeBron. I never used to like the cat, but the way he jumped-in after the ‘Melo thing was cool.

  • clapzilla

    Why Were People Even Talking About The …Whatever That Guy’s Name Is And Melo Thing? He Fouled Him. It Was Barely Even Hard. When James Brushed Him With His Elbow He Flopped Forward. That’s It.

  • clapzilla

    So Far In The Olympics Tayshaun, Kobe, Redd, And Howard Are All Shooting 50% or Worse At The Free Throw Line. It May Only Be Only A Combined 19-41, But C’mon…

  • brad

    money bill williams, its weird seeing someone who knows about nrl on an american website.
    u a dogs supporter?

  • http://slamonline.com RolleZed

    They’re missing freethrows because they’re tired. If u play every minute like it’s your last, u miss freethrows!

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

    brad,as ive said in a post somewher on here, i’m from wollongong so i go for the dragons

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    individually they are not playing as much as they do in the NBA, especially the go to guys, fatigue isn’t a factor when the game is over by the 3rd.

  • clapzilla

    @RolleZed: You’re Sarcasm Sucks.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    So does your use of capital letters clapzilla.

  • davidR

    lang, doug was talking about the 1972 olympics to compare the aussies to the russians. basically he was trying to suggest that maybe aus had some whack players in whose only purpose in the game is to maybe instigate a fight with one of the redeemers and get them thrown out.

  • tom

    @ andrew way above…
    GO OPALS.
    and since when does russia have becky hammon, yeah im a bit late.
    and every two seconds on seven there saying “and goodnight to our west coast viewers”
    we dont care about them…

  • jeremy

    mills relatively quiet he made deron williams and chris paul silly
    chris snarled at him though which is tough for him because his heads so far is bottom

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