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Without the full context, questions, etc. this statement looks much worse than it actually was.http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/rio-2016/2016/08/21/jerry-colangelo-usa-basketball/89085294/RIO DE JANEIRO — Not long after Team USA won Olympic gold for the third consecutive time, downing Serbia 96-66 on Sunday at Carioca Arena I to finish 8-0 in these Games, the program’s managing director threw down the gauntlet on the rest of the basketball world.When asked by an international reporter about the margin of victory in the finale, Jerry Colangelo — the former NBA executive and owner who rehabilitated the national program in 2005 — made it quite clear that he wasn’t about to apologize for the one-sided outcome.“I’m all for raising the bar for global basketball,” he began. “The more interest in basketball on all levels, I’m for. I’m a lifer in the game. I love the game. Basketball is the No. 2 sport in the world, (but) we just need to see these other countries get their acts together and become more competitive.“I’d love to see that. Everyone would love to see that. I’m not going to be making excuses for anyone about our (dominance). Someone said to me (after the game), one of the officials said to me, ‘You know next time you play, you ought to play with four.’ And I said, ‘No, maybe the other teams better get their act together and compete.’ ”There’s a Kevin Durant-sized rub here, of course, as the 2016 edition of Team USA cut their gold-medal mission much closer than their predecessors. They were pushed from beginning to end by Australia (98-88), then survived three-point games against Serbia and France (94-91 and 100-97, respectively) before finding their way again against Argentina (105-78) in the quarterfinals.Before facing Serbia, Team USA won yet another close game in the semifinal against Spain (82-76). By comparison, the 2008 and 2012 Team USA Olympic squads had only cut it that close twice in 16 combined games — both in London (a 99-94 win against Lithuania and a 107-100 win against Spain for the gold medal).When asked by USA TODAY Sports if the close games were a product of other teams catching up or the Americans simply not playing to their potential, Colangelo said, “A combination of all of it. But what I’m just saying is you look around, you look at the programs that may be big-time programs going forward. People are talking about Canada, people are talking about Australia, they’re talking about Argentina losing their (older) players. Some of the programs are going up, some are going down, but the healthiest thing for the game of basketball is to have competition around the world that makes it even more intriguing. But we’re just going to continue to do everything that we do to stay on top.”
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I still think this part is a bit disrespective. You need to understand that some of these countries are very small (Serbia for example has 7 million inhabitants) and it's not like these teams aren't trying and competing, they're just physically outmached.
Quote from: andraz.frece on August 24, 2016, 10:17:42 AMI still think this part is a bit disrespective. You need to understand that some of these countries are very small (Serbia for example has 7 million inhabitants) and it's not like these teams aren't trying and competing, they're just physically outmached.He's not talking about the players trying and competing in the game. He's talking about the countries trying in their development of good teams through the entire process. It's like the analogy my mom told me as a kid. "When I say try hard in school, I don't mean I want you to try really hard to get every question right on a test. That's a given. The trying comes in by putting in the time studying all the nights before."That said, I think you have an excellent point about most countries being considerably smaller in population than US puts them at a disadvantage.
The international rules/tournaments seem to help inferior opponents more IMO. Shorter games, shorter 3 point line (also causing the lane to clog more), more physical (which I'm fine with), shorter time to prepare(I think with a legit training camp like prior to the NBA we would play even better. Also I don't believe there were any practices during the Olympics. These other teams are used to playing with each other more, and I believe they start their preparation before we do with longer off seasons in the Euro leagues ect.), single game elimination, and lastly what is up with these balls they use instead of the NBA ball. Lol I remember in the 1992 Olympics the same ball was used, and no idea why FIBA had to change the ball that is used in the NBA. A lot of NBA players it seems it takes time to get used to the ball, and international leagues use it year round.I think if these games were played under NBA rules and regulations the margins of wins would be even greater.