If you haven’t already hear, the United States won the 2010 FIBA World Cup Championship in basketball by defeating Turkey 81-64 in Turkey’s backyard. It was a team that was devoid of the usual superstars and MVPs. A lot of them are young and inexperienced, and only a few have been to an All-Star game. Heck, the starting center, Lamar Odom, doesn’t even start for his own team. Having said that, I really liked this TEAM. I emphasize TEAM because usually the US team is a “squad”, this unit was a “team”.
The problem during the ’08 Olympics was that no one wanted to take the big shot because there were so many other superstars to defer to. Everyone was passing to the other guy waiting for them to take over. This year’s team had more of an identity. It was Kevin Durant’s team and everyone else knew their roles. If there was a big shot to be taken, he was going to shoot it every time. Andre Iguodala all of a sudden became a defensive stopper and Rudy Gay happily came off the bench in small increments. Both of those guys are the faces of their respective teams. There were fewer bad shots and one-on-one offenses. Defense all of a sudden started winning games. I would like this team to represent us in the next Olympics (okay, maybe with a little more size). Lebron can leave his talents in South Beach in two years because this team doesn’t need another scorer. I know other countries were missing some stars in this tournament, but this team was getting better with every game. They were made perfectly for the international game.
On another note, a lot of people have been saying that the tournament became Kevin Durant’s coming out party. Um, he lead the NBA in scoring last year while shooting a ridiculous 48% from the field. He’s been out for a while. I don’t think this tournament made people wonder where this guy came from. If he hogged the media more like other superstars, he would be better known. That’s the problem with the media today. I would rather have Kevin Durant on my team than any other player in the world right now. Luckily for the U.S, he was.