“It was important for us to come out and make a statement for ourselves,” US guard Chris Paul said. “We are the most talented team on paper. You don’t win a game on paper.”
Very well said, in fact, with the big win over France in the opener, there is reason for the NBA stars to be proud and send the message that “here we come, you see, we are conquerors”. And with US First Lady Michelle Obama and a host of top US Olympic athletes watching them they cannot afford to do less.
Consider the following collection of NBA stars in the US basketball team: Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Russel Westbrook, Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love, Tyson Chandler, Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala, and James Harden. With these big names in the NBA you can only expect big games ahead.
Of course, basketball is a game of height, skill, stamina, teamwork, coaching and a little bit of luck but it is always interesting for the world to see how this US Dream Team will fare in the London Olympic games and find out if they can defend their title in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Every game is a test of their superiority and that makes it so important to win every game. And with the spectators high expectations, winning is not enough but they should also win in big margins.
Thus said, and despite some clamors to exclude NBA players, Olympic basketball will never be as exciting without the NBA stars.