Congrats to the Redeem Team

From USAToday:

Even the joyous scene which followed the U.S. men’s basketball team’s thrilling 118-107 gold-medal victory against Spain was as selfless as the play which had defined their Olympic performance.

They gathered in a circle, arms draped around each other’s shoulders. On the podium, they stood arm in arm. Posing for pictures, they put all their medals around coach Mike Krzyzewski’s neck and then mussed his mostly unmovable hair. They did the same to the assistant coaches, even ruffling Jim Boeheim’s mostly non-existent hair. Though Team USA had dominated these Games, winning by an average of 28 points, though they had beaten Spain by 37 points in pool play, Spain, even without injured point guard Jose Calderon challenged the U.S. until the final moments. Krzyzewski called it “one of the great games in international basketball history,” at least in recent U.S. history.

Bonus nice analysis from Chris Sheridan, ESPN. Key: Team Ball.

Shout outs also in order to the women’s basketball, women’s soccer, and men’s volleyball teams on their Gold medal performances.  All of them (minus women’s BBall) won in dramatic fashion.  Put them together and they equal exactly half of Michael Phelps’ golds.

U-S-A.

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  1. Now that the Gold Metal has come back to the U.S., the debate begins, who is better team: The 1992 Dream Team or this years Redeem Team? You decide. 🙂

    http://kowalkerjourney.com/2008/08/24/mission-accomplished/

  2. Erik,

    Certainly the rest of the world is much much better than was the case in 1992. So in one sense, the Redeem Team beat better competition.

    But as a pure team in their primes, the original Dream Team hands down. Basically 10 out of the 12 players on that team were/are Hall of Famers.

    Thanks for the comment/question.

    CJ


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