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Mind the gap: The basketball world is catching up to the US

In the Dream Team era, the U.S. had a monopoly on NBA players taking part in the Olympics, but that is no longer the case. And while Team USA is the favorite to win gold again this year, the gap with the rest of the field has narrowed. #TokyoOlympics

7/24/2021 10:00:00 PM

In the Dream Team era, the U.S. had a monopoly on NBA players taking part in the Olympics, but that is no longer the case. And while Team USA is the favorite to win gold again this year, the gap with the rest of the field has narrowed. TokyoOlympics

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — When the Dream Team era started in 1992, most of the NBA players in the Olympics represented the United States . David Stern knew what would happen from there. “In time,” the former NBA commissioner predicted in 1995, “that will change.”

Nigeria, which beat the Americans in an exhibition, has eight NBA players. Australia, which also defeated the U.S. in a warm-up game, has seven. So does France, the first U.S. opponent in this tournament on Sunday and the nation that knocked the Americans out of contention at the Basketball World Cup two years ago. That setback sent the team spiraling to a seventh-place finish, the worst showing in any tournament ever for an American roster composed of NBA players.

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“I think every team wants to beat us,” U.S. forward Kevin Durant said. “Everybody wants to see us lose, so every game has a little bit more pressure to it.”There’s only one current All-NBA first team player in these Olympics. He doesn’t play for the U.S.

Slovenia’s Luka Doncic garnered more first-team votes in the All-NBA voting this season, 55, than the entire U.S. Olympic roster got combined. This is Slovenia’s first time in the Olympics, but with Doncic leading the way, medal talk doesn’t seem misguided.

“Slovenians, we know how to fight, man,” Doncic said. “We’re not going to go down easy.”ADVERTISEMENTDoncic willed Slovenia to a win in the Olympic qualifying tournament that ended on July 4 and gave the tiny nation a spot in the Tokyo field. And what he’s done in his NBA tenure with Dallas has only shown the world that the buzz he arrived with was more than appropriate.

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With the lack of drug testing this year, due to the pandemic, of course many sports will see Russian athletes winning as never before. Only the USA has been testing its athletes this past year. Any country that plays a moderate level of team ball can beat Team USA. NO WAY! It’s just because not all the good u.s. players participate (Klay Thompson, Steph curry, Lebron, etc.)

This is basically the same recycled story from 20 years ago. Nothing has changed. FakeNews

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