Argentina had laid down the hammer Sunday, scoring 100 plus points and thumping a barbaric Lithuania national team by 23. But on Tuesday, the Argentines, despite big performances from team captains Manu Ginobili and Luis Scola, unexpectedly laid an egg. Argentina struggled mightily with their shooting—making only 4 of 23 from three point range where they had been so devastating 48 hours earlier. And as a result of their woeful shooting percentages and lack of production outside of Ginobili and Scola, Tony Parker and his French compatriots were able to take advantage.
On Sunday, the much anticipated Olympic Men’s Basketball competition began. And, as anyone would naturally expect, the Americans are above and beyond the competition’s most popular story. That being said, I thought I’d make it my responsibility to cover all other international matchups at this year’s Olympic Games as a way of making sure that U.S. basketball fans remain “cultured” about their foreign competitors and how they are performing in pool play.
Aussies Unable To Pull off Upset
In truth, you cannot really grade offseason acquisitions until the actual postseason or the next offseason. Nonetheless, it’s time to give preliminary grades to those organizations making moves this summer. The grades reflect how each team has performed in remaking itself and are used as a device to track which teams have improved and which teams haven’t.
Atlanta Hawks: A-
The Hawks began their summer changing front office dynamics. They parted ways with ex-GM Rick Lund and acquired the highly coveted Danny Ferry—the man previously in charge of crafting a nearly immaculate San Antonio Spurs roster. And what Ferry has orchestrated over the past two weeks has been nothing short of impressive.
As we all know, the competitive climate within today’s sports world has run rampant, and, as a result, athletes of all levels are seeking any advantage they can possibly gain. But aside from the physical training aspect of making yourself into the stud athlete you have always dreamt of one day becoming, what is it that actually separates the so called “good” from the “great”? And the answer to that question, my friends, lies in recovery: the quicker you can recover, the faster you can improve.
The 2012 NBA draft class has been consistently touted as having one of the most talented groups in recent years. From picks one through sixty, the draft is full of guys who have clear-cut potential to be either immediate impact players or who could blossom to become legitimate contributors. And while there are only a limited number of no-brainer, sure thing superstars in this year’s draft class, there are a bunch of players who might have more value to teams, for various reasons, than many think. That being said, here are five guys who I believe have attributes that will translate into significant floor-time early in their NBA careers.
The other day, I happened to come across an article written by Jason King that discussed the correlation between actual playing experience and success as a college head coach.
When going about making the transition from high school to college athletics, student-athletes often decide who they are going to play for based on the program’s coach and his or her credentials as a former athlete. But is this emphasis on previous playing experience as important as it has been made out to be, or is such an assessment entirely arbitrary? Further, could it actually create a roadblock in the athlete’s quest to achieve his or her full athletic potential? From my experience, it was the latter that rung true.
NBA TV will celebrate the 20th anniversary of USA Basketball’s iconic team, which captured the attention of fans around the globe, when the network premieres “The Dream Team” presented by Right Guard® on Wednesday, June 13, at 9 p.m. ET.
After jumping out to an impressive 2-0 lead, the Heat convinced an overwhelming majority of the sports world that they were destined to represent the East in the NBA Finals. But following two loses suffered at the Garden on Friday and Sunday, the outcome of the series has returned to a state of ambiguity. And with the Eastern Conference finals headed for a tense finish, the Miami Heat appear ready to return their missing All-Star to the floor.