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Team USA (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Professional Basketball' started by OSUBasketballJunkie, Jul 16, 2006.

  1. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    It is down to the "final four":

    <TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR class=bg0><TD align=conter colSpan=4>2006 FIBA World Championship Finals Bracket</TD></TR><TR class=bg1 vAlign=top><TD width="25%">Round of 16</TD><TD width="25%">Quarterfinals</TD><TD width="25%">Semifinals</TD><TD width="25%">Final</TD></TR><!--tr class=bg4 valign=top><td>Aug. 26-27</td><td>Aug. 29-30</td><td>Aug. 31-Sept. 1</td><td>Sept. 2-3</td></tr--><TR class=bg2><!--ROUND 1 (MATCH 1)--><TD><TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>[​IMG] Argentina «</TD><TD align=right>79</TD></TR><TR><TD>[​IMG] New Zealand</TD><TD align=right>62</TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2>Final</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD><!--ROUND 2 (MATCH 1)--><TD rowSpan=2><TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>[​IMG] Argentina «</TD><TD align=right>83</TD></TR><TR><TD>[​IMG] Turkey</TD><TD align=right>58</TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2>Final</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD><!--SEMI (MATCH 1)--><TD rowSpan=4><TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>[​IMG] Argentina</TD><TD align=right></TD></TR><TR><TD>[​IMG] Spain</TD><TD align=right></TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2>Sept. 1, 6:30 a.m.</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD><!--FINAL --><TD rowSpan=8><TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD></TD><TD align=right></TD></TR><TR><TD></TD><TD align=right></TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2>Sept. 3, 6:30 a.m.</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR><TR class=bg2><!--ROUND 1 (MATCH 2)--><TD><TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>[​IMG] Turkey «</TD><TD align=right>90</TD></TR><TR><TD>[​IMG] Slovenia</TD><TD align=right>84</TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2>Final</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR><TR class=bg2><!--ROUND 1 (MATCH 3)--><TD><TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>[​IMG] Spain «</TD><TD align=right>87</TD></TR><TR><TD>[​IMG] Serbia</TD><TD align=right>75</TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2>Final</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD><!--ROUND 2 (MATCH 2)--><TD rowSpan=2><TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>[​IMG] Spain «</TD><TD align=right>89</TD></TR><TR><TD>[​IMG] Lithuania</TD><TD align=right>67</TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2>Final</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR><TR class=bg2><!--ROUND 1 (MATCH 4)--><TD><TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>[​IMG] Italy</TD><TD align=right>68</TD></TR><TR><TD>[​IMG] Lithuania «</TD><TD align=right>71</TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2>Final</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR><TR class=bg2><!--ROUND 1 (MATCH 5)--><TD><TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>[​IMG] Greece «</TD><TD align=right>95</TD></TR><TR><TD>[​IMG] China</TD><TD align=right>64</TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2>Final</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD><!--ROUND 2 (MATCH 3)--><TD rowSpan=2><TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>[​IMG] Greece «</TD><TD align=right>73</TD></TR><TR><TD>[​IMG] France</TD><TD align=right>56</TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2>Final</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD><!--ROUND 3 (MATCH 2)--><TD rowSpan=4><TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>[​IMG] Greece</TD><TD align=right></TD></TR><TR><TD>[​IMG] USA</TD><TD align=right></TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2>Sept. 1, 3:30 a.m.</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR><TR class=bg2><!--ROUND 1 (MATCH 6)--><TD><TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>[​IMG] France «</TD><TD align=right>68</TD></TR><TR><TD>[​IMG] Angola</TD><TD align=right>62</TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2>Final</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR><TR class=bg2><!--ROUND 1 (MATCH 7)--><TD><TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>[​IMG] USA «</TD><TD align=right>113</TD></TR><TR><TD>[​IMG] Australia</TD><TD align=right>73</TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2>Final</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD><!--ROUND 2 (MATCH 4)--><TD rowSpan=2><TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>[​IMG] USA «</TD><TD align=right>85</TD></TR><TR><TD>[​IMG] Germany</TD><TD align=right>65</TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2>Final</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR><TR class=bg2><!--ROUND 1 (MATCH 8)--><TD><TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>[​IMG] Germany «</TD><TD align=right>78</TD></TR><TR><TD>[​IMG] Nigeria</TD><TD align=right>77</TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2>Final</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR><TR class=bg4><TD colSpan=4>Rankings 5-8: Aug. 31 at 3:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. and Sept. 2 at 3:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
  2. BuckWrestler141

    BuckWrestler141 Senior '18 Bowl Mania Champ

    There are a lot of complaints about the U.S.'s performance today. I'm not one of those people, I thought that Team USA played one of its best games aside from the fact the shots simply weren't falling.
  3. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0


  4. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0


  5. BuckWrestler141

    BuckWrestler141 Senior '18 Bowl Mania Champ



    A tough loss for Team USA.;_ylt=AnQYFTNFc0zIyJU3D0..NS45nYcB?slug=ap-worlds-greece-us&prov=ap&type=lgns
  6. scarletngrey11

    scarletngrey11 All right, all right, all right.

    Greece is a tough team, they've been together so long and they play the European game as good as anyone.
    OSUsushichic likes this.
  7. akronbuck

    akronbuck Junior

    :( how in the hell are they going to be WINNERS depending on outside shooting maybe, Team USA should try the NCAA TOURNAMENT NEXT. The inside game got punked again

    kevin Garnett,Tim Duncan or the 2 wallaces would have been nice help
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2006
  8. DaytonBuck

    DaytonBuck I've always liked them

    The defensive effort in this game flat out killed us. I'm not upset losing to certain foreign teams but Greece is a major dissapointment in my opinion. Greece has a solid team but to let them shoot 63% to me just doesn't seem right.
  9. tibor75

    tibor75 Banned


    Always nice when an overconfident team of spoiled brats get beat. Hilarious
    RugbyBuck and Thump like this.
  10. ScarletBlood31

    ScarletBlood31 Buckeye in Blacksburg

    Ben Wallace would have been a huge help against that monster that Greece had in the middle.
  11. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

  12. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Congratulations Spain:

    Spain overcomes odds, injury to win World Championship

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    </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><!-- T9635789 --><!-- Sesame Modified: 09/03/2006 18:20:03 --><!-- sversion: 5 $Updated: rbrunner$ -->SAITAMA, Japan -- Pau Gasol's teammates kept their word, and he had a trophy for each crutch supporting him

    Spain won its first World Championship without its star in a performance worthy of a Hollywood script.
    With the injured Gasol cheering from the bench, Spain beat Greece 70-47 on Sunday night in an emotional victory some thought couldn't happen and few thought would be so easy.
    Gasol led Spain (9-0) in scoring and rebounding throughout the tournament. When the 7-footer broke his foot with about a minute left in the 75-74 semifinal victory over Argentina, his team's gold-medal hopes dimmed considerably.
    "Against Argentina that was a night of pain and happiness, and it has become happiness," said Gasol, the World Championship trophy on one side and the MVP award on the other. "It couldn't be any better today. It's hard to describe with words."
    "My teammates today played an amazing game," he added. "They played with their hearts and together as a unit. It's no fun to watch. I thought I would suffer some more, but I am so happy to see the way they responded without me being there."
    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=175 align=left><TBODY><TR><TD width=175>[​IMG] </TD><TD width=15> </TD></TR><TR><TD width=175>The Gasol brothers, Marc and Pau, celebrate after leading Spain to the world title. (AP) </TD><TD width=15> </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>Gasol stood holding his head in his hands in the final seconds, openly in tears. It wasn't long before the Memphis Grizzlies star hopped to midcourt to join his teammates in a circle, sitting on the court wearing headbands given to them at the final buzzer.
    "I was just super happy and couldn't contain myself from crying," he said. "It is so special to be a part of this team and not being able to be there really hurt me."
    Spain's challenge seemed even more difficult considering a near perfect performance by Greece (8-1) in a 101-95 semifinal triumph over the United States. The European champions put on an impressive offensive and defensive display in getting to the final for the first time.
    "Greece got to the final and played excellent," Gasol said. "I was a little afraid after the way they played together and on defense."
    There was no reason to worry. Spain limited Greece to less than half the points it scored against the U.S. and kept its shooting percentage to about half (33 percent vs. 63 percent).
    The United States won the bronze medal with a 96-81 victory over Argentina on Saturday.
    Gasol averaged 21.3 points and 9.4 rebounds during the Worlds. He has a partial fracture in his left foot, and the Grizzlies say he will need surgery.
    "He's the best player in this tournament. I wanted to win this for him," Jose Calderon, who plays for the Toronto Raptors, said as he held up his gold medal. "We are a team. We had Pau in our minds. I think it was a special day."
    Felipe Reyes started in Gasol's place and he had 10 points in the first half, one less than he had in the whole tournament -- he was limited to three games because of back problems.
    Gasol's younger brother, Marc, gave Spain big minutes early in the middle. He had three rebounds in the game's first 17 minutes. He averaged 1.9 coming into Sunday's game.
    "I was happily surprised by the way my brother grabbed the opportunity he got," Pau Gasol said. "I was very happy for him because he was a big part of the gold medal."
    Everything went Spain's way as it took a 43-23 halftime lead. Its other stars were playing at their normal level and the bench was playing well above its head.
    Meanwhile, Greece looked nothing like the team that had received plaudits from around the world for the way it convincingly beat the United States.
    There was no big push from Greece in the third quarter. Gasol's teammates wouldn't allow it.
    The lead was 54-34 with 10 minutes to go. It got only bigger.
    "It was surprising, yes, because the Spanish team was everything around Gasol," Greece forward Konstas Tsartsaris said. "But we see today that the Spanish team is 12 players and not only one. They played excellent defensively and on offense also. They gave a great defensive effort."
    Gasol came out of the players' tunnel before the game on crutches, wearing his red warmup top and jeans. As he sat on the bench while the teams were warming up, Greece forward Sofoklis Schortsanitis and coach Panagiotis Yannakis came over for visits.
    He was up and hopping on one foot for each huddle. Players hugged him or slapped hands with him at each timeout. They were winning this game for him.
    Jorge Garbajosa, who signed with the Raptors this summer, and Juan Carlos Navarro each had 20 points for Spain, which was fourth in 1982. Reyes finished with those 10 points and Marc Gasol grabbed four more rebounds, but their play off the bench was much more than numbers.
    "To lose your franchise player, even more a great friend like Pau, was a very hard blow," Garbajosa said. "We talked yesterday that if normally we give 100 percent we had to give 150 percent because of Pau's absence."
    Mihalis Kakiouzis had 17 points for Greece, which finished fourth in 1994 and 1998.
    This was Europe's third straight world title -- Yugoslavia won in 1998 and 2002 -- and it will have the home continent advantage in 2010 with the tournament in Turkey.
  13. RhodeIslandBuck

    RhodeIslandBuck I Got Game

    Kobe will be a huge difference maker for team USA.
  14. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0


  15. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Chemistry teacher

    Bryant says team chemistry key to '08 U.S. hopes

    Posted: Thursday September 7, 2006 10:59AM; Updated: Thursday September 7, 2006 11:00AM

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Kobe Bryant believes the U.S. basketball team will have to work on its chemistry if it wants to perform well at the 2008 Olympics.
    The Los Angeles Lakers star, visiting Taiwan as part of a five-leg tour of Asia to meet with fans, said Thursday that a newly assembled team always needed some time together before starting to play with consistency.
    Bryant did not play in the world championships because of a knee injury, and the U.S. squad returned home from the tournament in Japan last week with a bronze medal -- mirroring its performance at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
    Both results were widely seen as disappointments for teams loaded with NBA talent.
    "Years playing together will jell us as a unit, (but) if there is no chemistry, it's going to be tough to beat all those talented teams," Bryant said, adding he was confident the two years leading up to the Beijing Olympics would be enough time to find that chemistry.
    Bryant's Asian tour has already taken him to Japan and Hong Kong. On Friday, he was scheduled to leave Taiwan for South Korea, en route to China.

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