Computer simulation shows Team USA beating Rest of the World in a best of seven championship series:
Some experts call this a wake up call (What another one? Just how many wake up calls does it take to awaken these millionaires?) since a team like Australia without its superstar exposed USA's weaknesses and had them beat in set plays. Maybe the players had their egos boosted after destroying Canada, Lithuania, and Turkey. There were a large number of fist pumping and praise release from US media after its team 's destruction of the mentioned Euro squads. Even Kobe Bryant's self-described nick for himself made headlines (he is now the Dobermann after stopping Lithuania's Point Guard Jasikevicius). Now the press turned 180 and is now advising caution. It is an advice worth heeding if you are the member of Team USA.
USA is still the favorite and the most talented team in the tournament of course but to expect other nations to just get buried 30-40 points is ludicrous.
The Americans are in China to win the gold medal -- not to dominate every quarter, as they once spoke of, and not to restore American invincibility, which is never coming back.
They're human, they're vulnerable, they've got structural flaws, and they're going to learn at some point that this gold-medal quest is going to be a rough ride at times.
Maybe that's what they learned Tuesday on an evening when they entered the arena feeling bold and self-assured and left it pondering why they were made to look only slightly above-average against a mediocre team missing its only NBA player.
Yes, the U.S. is still considered the favorite. But they now know that the road to the gold is really only just beginning, and there will be potholes along the way.
They need to play smarter, they need to play better, and they need to get a grip on the fact that there are going to be nights when mistakes, hubris and failed defensive execution are going to put them in grave danger.
But better they learn that now instead of 10 or 12 days from now.
They still have work to do, and they're not going to be feared. If they're smart, this night will go as a lesson learned, a night when an ugly win woke them up to that reality...full story
Gee all it takes is one bad game for all the triumphalism from the US press to vanish! Haha....they won the game, right? It seems they still expect too much from their basketball team!
By the way, Australians take their sports seriously. They play with heart whether it is just an exhibition game or not. They play for the country's glory that's why they tend to overachieve. On paper there are other teams much stronger than Australia but it doesn't matter to them. Maybe the Americans should try it.