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Fear not, USA basketball will come through

Watching Team USA’s mens basketball squad hoop it up over the past 17 days has been a lot like stepping on the business end of a rusty pick ax:

Painful.

During both Olympic warm ups and prelims, our boys in red, white and blue have proven they can neither shoot nor defend the 3-pointer, they can be regularly outhustled in transition by European-league rejects and are unimaginative at best with the ball in their hands while in the half-court set.



That said, Team USA will still win the gold medal.

Before you fire up your email account and embarrass yourself, hear me out.




There’s no doubt Team USA – which is dangerously close to a single-digit 3-point shooting percentage – could use the services of a deadly outside shooter like Anthony Peeler.

It could also use a shut-down defender or two, plus a big, BIG, body down low.

I think everyone agrees these are the team’s biggest weak spots.

Still, you can’t deny the pure talent of the team assembled in Athens.

Would anyone out there boycott their local NBA franchise if it brought Tim Duncan, LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony to town?

What about Allen Iverson, Richard Hamilton. Dwayne Wade or Amare Stoudemire?

My guess is a ticker-tape parade would be in order.

Put this team up against any of the NBA’s elite in a best-of-seven series and you’d see just how good they are.

While Team USA’s victories have been less-than-impressive so far, they still count in the win column.

Keep that in mind before you count these guys out.

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Keith Jiron is a sports reporter for The Union. He can be reached by email at keithj@theunion.con or by phone at 477-4244.


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