You know how you read or see something remarkable and pass it by? Sure you do. Happens in the movies all the time. This morning we saw that Greece beat the United States in the World Basketball championships and thought: hmm, that's a surprise. Then later you go: WHAT!! Again. Yes, again. The new improved, redirected, refocused, reunited United States team lost to Greece in the semifinals in Japan by 101-95 on Friday and stories from Tokyo (so close to Tokyo we'll call it Tokyo) say that team captain Carmelo Anthony said: "to lose any game is a shock to us." Yeah, well, Melo not to me. Nor to any of millions of basketball fans in the United States.
I'm not embarassed for their losing; I am embarassed for their assumption that they'd win. What made them think that? New players? New coach? New unies?
The US basketball team losing in big international events has become almost as expected as their winning used to be. But now... we hear center Chris Bosh say: "We didn't make the right adjustments. They ran the same play. We made it easy for them." Now you figure that out?
At least Shane Battier had the dignity to praise the Greeks: "they play like a champion plays." Unsaid was "we didn't."
The Greeks are the 2005 European champion so it's not like they just hung a peach basket. But still...it does make you wonder how such a successful operation as USA Basketball once was can lose its way like it has. Yeah, the other teams are better, they play together forever, they shoot the three. Simple fact: they care.
Ok, Coach K take it back to the drawing board and come up with another plan. Beijing is two years away.