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Team USA Basketball suffers worst loss in history

Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by RealGatorFan, Jul 11, 2021.

  1. RealGatorFan

    RealGatorFan Premium Member

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    Team USA stunned by Nigeria in Olympic tuneup

    This was an epic loss by Team USA. All of these players should just hand in their NBA salaries. Put it this way, last year's Gator team actually has a decent chance of beating Nigeria. The last time these 2 played each other, Team USA won by 44, and the game before that you would need to have doubled Nigeria's score in order for them to squeak out a win.
     
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  2. RealGatorFan

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    Note: By the way, this is sarcasm. Nigeria just spent half their GDP buying as much talent as they could.
     
  3. fda92045

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    Haha I was about to say Nigeria would wax the Gators.
     
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  4. dave_the_thinker

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    Low scoring game, with 3 Heat players on Team Nigeria playing against Pop and their teammate Bam.

    This game was a great watch, Precious Achiuwa's block on Durant was beautiful.

    Looks like Nigeria is in line to be the next #Heatnation.
     
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  5. orangeblue_coop

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    The Nigerian hoops team has a lot of NBA players on it, guys who compete against the American stars every day in practice and aren't intimidated by them.

    There used to be a time when African countries and other countries around the world would be scared to even step on the same court as the USA. Those days are gone.
     
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  6. orangeblue_coop

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    Crazy thing is Bam could've suited up for Team Nigeria if he chose to, and so could other stars like Giannis, Victor Oladipo and Deandre Ayton.
     
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  7. ozgatorfan

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    And now Australia. Maybe not the gold this year.
     
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  8. shane4three

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    Interesting that we lose two in a row. Is Pop the Head Coach?
     
  9. chargator

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    It just means the game is a global game now. As a basketball fan, I can appreciate that this is a sign of that. Since these are warm-up games, I don't see it as a horrible loss. Yes, the days of throwing a team together and just rolling them out and expecting blow-out wins early in the process....those are definitely over. Too much skill & talent globally, for that to happen. These losses are not so much a poor reflection our the US basketball product, as it is an illustration of the growth of the game .
     
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  10. philnotfil

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    Exactly, we don't have the huge talent advantage we used to. Give these guys a couple weeks to play together and they'll be doing better. Nigeria has been playing together for a month now, and good teamwork is enough to bridge the talent gap these days.
     
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  11. ozgatorfan

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    Now if we could only do the same in soccer(uh football). That will be the day. :cool:
     
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  12. tegator80

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    It used to be like us playing a Div 2 team in football. Now it is like playing a middling mid major team. You take it seriously or you can and will get beat.
     
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  13. BLING

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    Shouldn’t be an excuse, as the talent differential is still strong.

    Obviously it’ll never again be like the dream team where it was literally all-timers vs low level pros, now many teams have quality pros, but team USA is still going to be closer to an all-star team then any other country. Not sure any other country would equate to a top tier NBA team - let alone have multiple top 10 or 20 players.

    This might be a unique opportunity for another country to win just because the U.S. team appears to have issues, esp with these last minute roster hits. But they do still have time to sort it out. The issue for the U.S. would be if too many players pulled out or decided Olympics weren’t worth it. But even with all that’s gone on this year, they got most of the guys playing that you’d expect (save for some old guys who are more worried about the wear and tear) so I don’t think that’s the issue. I didn’t watch these games, but with them being exhibitions maybe the urgency to “win” wasn’t quite there yet? If this happens when the real games start, it might signal some issues.
     
  14. RealGatorFan

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    The issue is the same one when we lost badly in the Olympics that resulted in the USA putting together the Dream Team to get back the gold. The issue is many of the other countries have put together their teams a long time ago and many of the best feature NBA players. We are the last team to put one together and it shows. A few more practice games and maybe we can back in the hunt for gold. So much for amateur sports right?
     
  15. grant1

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    If they meet up in competition play, we will beat them by double digits.
     
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  16. GatorLurker

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    Basketball is now an international game.

    In Barcelona in 1992 with the Dream Team Lithuania finished third with a country of about 3 million people and less than the population of Chicago at that time.

    And more NBA players than Chicago and Chicago is a basketball hotbed.

    The game is now international.

    We are trending like England is for soccer/futbol. They invented the game and now a fringe squad on the national team level.

    Soon baseball will be the same way for us or US.
     
  17. phideltdj

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    He is but he was so busy taking a knee that no one told him to get off the knee and coach until the game was already over. He just thought it was a really long protest.
     
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  18. shane4three

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    Shocked we would lose. Like to see some other coaches get a chance.
     
  19. the_alphagator1906

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    Yea sorry but umm..just not funny..anyways..still not sure why we lost those games regardless if the sport is international or not. Even though we don't have our best players, we still have the best collection of talent in the world to pull from imo.
     
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  20. GatorLurker

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    The Women's soccer team was trounced by Sweden 3-0 a few days ago.

    Give credit where credit is due.

    The rest of the world is catching up.