Basketball Equality? I Think Not

by August 23, 2008

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 column I focused on the comparison between USA and international basketball, blowing up the myth that the talent has truly equalized. Here it is.

Key paragraph:

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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