Basketball Equality? I Think Not
Team USA has the clear-cut advantage
by Alan Paul
I covered the USA/Argentina game last night. I pretty much am in sync with Lang’s thoughts. I was practically screaming at the court during that second quarter when the team seemed to collectively lose their mind.
For my NBC.com column I focused on the comparison between USA and international basketball, blowing up the myth that the talent has truly equalized. Here it is.
In this whole Olympics tournament there are only four non-Americans who have ever been NBA All Stars – Manu Ginobli, Andrei Kirilenko, Dirk Nowtizki and Yao Ming. Carlos Delfino, who starts for Argentina, struggled for years to get regular playing time in the NBA – he was barely in the League’s top 200 players — before heading to Europe this year.
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