Team USA Wins Gold
It was not supposed to be like this. Kobe Bryant and LeBron James
said Team USA could beat the 1992 Dream Team of Michael Jordan, Magic
Johnson, et al.
But could they beat Spain in Sunday’s gold medal game in the London Olympics?
Turns out, they could, but only after a late-game finish – keyed by
tough defense and – that pushed the United States to a
too-close-for-comfort 107-100 victory.
It was hardly resounding, but it was good enough – for the gold and
to squash discussions about comparing it to the ’92 team that crushed
opponents by an average of 43 points a game.
In the scheme of things, it was only about the mission: winning gold.
And the U.S. did that. How uptight and relieved were the Americans?
When Chris Paul scored a layup in the final minute to put the United
States up by 13 points, coach Mike Krzyzewski jumped as if his team had
won the national championship.
Players, one-by-one hugged each other in exaltation in the waning seconds, their mission completely, if not dominant.
They had to overcome a strong effort by Spain’s Pau Gasol, who had 15
of his 24 points in the third quarter. The Los Angeles Laker took
advantage of the Americans’ smallish interior defense.Read the rest here.
Date Submitted: 8/12/2012 10:15 PM
PostedBy: Single In The City