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Oh ye of little faith

It’s come to my attention there are Americans out there who have the gall to root against Team USA in its hunt for Olympic men’s basketball gold.

The team – these poor excuses for sports fans say – is chock full of whiny, self-serving, prima donnas who deserve to be smacked around by the Puerto Ricos of the world.

For shame.



Nevermind the fact these players, some of them second, or even third choices for team, dropped everything this summer to represent their country in what has turned out to be hostile territory, no less.

While it’s true said team is made up of the upper echelon of NBA players, it has had more than its share of trouble in the international game on both sides of the ball.




These fellas are putting it all – both body and pride – on the line for you and me.

So it’s with great joy I announce to all of you sour pusses out there Team USA’s hopes for the gold are alive and well.

Formerly cold-shooting New York Knick guard Stephon Marbury dropped an Olympic record 31 points, highlighted by a sizzling 6-of-9 from beyond the arc, as the Americans poked a big, fat finger into the previously unbeaten Spanish team’s eye with a 102-94 quarterfinal win Thursday.

“He (Marbury) was great, he took the game over from start to finish,” the USA’s Tim Duncan told the Akron Beacon Journal’s Tom Reed after Thursday’s game. “There isn’t much else to say except that. He shot the ball very well, extended the zone, got them out to where they had to play man-to-man.”

The U.S., which had hit just 24 percent of its 3-point shots in the tournament at that point, connected on 51 percent of its shots from the field, including a respectable 12-of-23 from 3-point land.

“They were very good on the 3s.” Spain and Memphis Grizzlies superstar Pau Gasol added. ” That was something new in this tournament. They looked motivated, and it will be hard to beat them if they keeping playing like that.”

You said it Pau.

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


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