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2tone
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Post #1
Wednesday July 30, 2014 4:21am

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I am starting to get excited for the FIBA World Cup. Damn that nationalistic pride.

It's being held in Spain. Starts August 30th- ends September 14th

Who y'all got in the final?

I see a Spain V USA final.

USA successfully defending their title. This team should be way to strong for the other nations.

USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #2
Wednesday July 30, 2014 4:36am

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If the US Basketball team wins this FIBA World Cup that will be 4 major tournament wins in a row.

2008 Olympic champions
2010 FIBA champions
2012 Olympic Champions

Can the US succeed in Basketball where Spain failed to do in soccer?

My money is on USA to do this.

admsghs27
Post #3
Wednesday July 30, 2014 4:50am

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Their gonna be missing a few key players. Plus is in Spain it will be very tough. They will get home calls so it could go anyway. Funny how no one cares about usa basketball it will never have the Passion as us soccer fans do.

hamsamwich
Post #4
Wednesday July 30, 2014 5:28am

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Spain is passionate about basketball so it should be a fun tournament to watch. I dont know the rules, pairings etc but definitely USA and Spain have the top two teams. I wonder if Ricky Rubio will be better with the international rules because he got a lot of hype and has been only decent in the NBA. I thought he'd be better the way he was talked up.

Of course USA USA USA

blaise213
Post #5
Wednesday July 30, 2014 5:44am

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Original post from admsghs27

Their gonna be missing a few key players. Plus is in Spain it will be very tough. They will get home calls so it could go anyway. Funny how no one cares about usa basketball it will never have the Passion as us soccer fans do.


You must've have missed the Michael Jordan Era. All Sports were the SHIT in the 80's and 90's.

chillguy1992
Post #6
Wednesday July 30, 2014 7:26am

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As long as they have coach k at the helm I believe they will win the tournament. Around the mid 2000s us basketball was really struggling at the international level. Then coach k came in along with the development of a golden generation of us players who fit the international game well. Best coach along with best team has equalled a really good run the past eight years. 2016 in Brazil will be a fun olympics to watch for basketball. Plus I want to see how d-rose plays hope he can make it back. I hope kyrie gets some serious minutes for the tournament hes a real cool guy.

EKneezy
Atlanta
Post #7
Wednesday July 30, 2014 10:57am

Joined May 2013
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Im excited as hell. Steph Curry, Durant, Lillard, Harden, Demarcus ..sad no Blake or Kevin Love but Blake was told to rest with that back fracture. Love just wanted to keep his trade value intact. I'm skeptical on DRose but we'll see.

I'd be shocked if it was anything other than a USA Spain final. Two best teams in the world.

richieJkulesaNY
Post #8
Wednesday July 30, 2014 12:42pm

Joined Jun 2012
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Original post from admsghs27

Their gonna be missing a few key players. Plus is in Spain it will be very tough. They will get home calls so it could go anyway. Funny how no one cares about usa basketball it will never have the Passion as us soccer fans do.


Its because the pinnacle of the sport is the NBA Finals, not the FIBA World Cup.

stone88
Post #9
Wednesday July 30, 2014 4:34pm

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It's hard for me to get too excited when there really isn't much competition. Sure some countries are getting better, Spain, Argentina and a few others, but overall it just isn't all that close. To compare it to soccer, it's like we are Germany or Brazil(Historically) and the rest of the world is at the US/Mexico level or lower.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #10
Wednesday July 30, 2014 5:28pm

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Original post from stone88

It's hard for me to get too excited when there really isn't much competition. Sure some countries are getting better, Spain, Argentina and a few others, but overall it just isn't all that close. To compare it to soccer, it's like we are Germany or Brazil(Historically) and the rest of the world is at the US/Mexico level or lower.


Well the US hadn't won the FIBA WC for 16 years before winning it in 2010. So I think there is more competition than you think.

skangles
DC
Post #11
Thursday July 31, 2014 2:12am

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I am almost as passionate about the Lithuanian national basketball team as I am about the USMNT. They are really well balanced this year and are coming off of a run as the 2013 Eurobasket runners up. Kazlauskas has some difficult decisions to make in cutting his 17 man roster down to 12. I like what I saw from the new faces like Vasiliauskas, Gudaitis and Juskevicius.

hamsamwich
Post #12
Thursday July 31, 2014 2:33am

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Lithuanians can hope. I run with some in the gym once a week here in Chicago. Basketball fanatics.

*** I actually meant to type: "Lithuanians can hoop.....Basketball fanatics". But really both apply because as a small country, the fact they show well internationally and punch well above their "population weight" must be fun and prideful.

admsghs27
Post #13
Thursday July 31, 2014 3:33am

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Original post from skangles

I am almost as passionate about the Lithuanian national basketball team as I am about the USMNT. They are really well balanced this year and are coming off of a run as the 2013 Eurobasket runners up. Kazlauskas has some difficult decisions to make in cutting his 17 man roster down to 12. I like what I saw from the new faces like Vasiliauskas, Gudaitis and Juskevicius.


Just curious are you Lithuanian or descend ? If yes that's awesome, I used to have a Lithuanian co worker and he was awesome and a great person.

skangles
DC
Post #14
Thursday July 31, 2014 4:02am

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Original post from admsghs27

Just curious are you Lithuanian or descend ? If yes that's awesome, I used to have a Lithuanian co worker and he was awesome and a great person.


No but my wife is from Lithuania and my daughter is a dual national (quick Juergen cap tie her!). I lived in Vilnius for a while and went to most Lietuvos Rytas games during my time there.

I feel connected to the Lithuanian national team for the same reasons as the USMNT, a lot of people overlook them but it doesn't bother them, they play as a team and grind it out.

If you guys have netflix and want to check out a great documentary, I highly recommend "The Other Dream Team" on the 1992 Lithuanian national team. It's about their fight for independence and how as a newly independent country they couldnt afford to participate in the Barcelona games until Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead got involved and financially backed them. True story.

chris_thebassplayer
San Jose
Post #15
Thursday July 31, 2014 6:56am

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I agree with Chillguy as long as coach K is involved we'll have our talented players playing as a team. After the Dream Teams and before coach K took the job we had very talented teams that played as individuals, and lost to less talented players that played much better as a team. It was damn embarrassing, watching our allstars jacking up threes and alley oops every other time down court and not playing any D, and then looking bewildered as they lost in the semis. Previous coaches did a poor job of selecting the correct players that would buy into the concept of team ball. Coach K nails it with roster selection. Everybody really wants to represent their country, everybody plays D, everybody plays unselfish. I don't follow the NBA, I watch the Warriors every now and then, but I won't miss a USA game in the Olympics or FIBA...because I know coach K will have our best playing at their highest level...and I really, really enjoy watching us beat the teams that sent us packing before K came along. USA baby!

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