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Who can stop LeBron James and Team USA?

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

The Olympics is here and as always, it’s all about Team USA.

Heading to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, there’s no question that the sport Team USA is expected to win for sure is basketball with reigning NBA Most Valuable Player awardee and world champion LeBron James leading the US basketball team.

LeBron James is, without a shadow of a doubt, the biggest name in the world of basketball. But he is without controversy.

After starting his career in Ohio with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he moved to South Beach to join the Miami Heat, announcing his decision to make the move on national television that raised a lot of people’s eyebrows, making him one of the most despised player in the NBA.

After helping the Miami Heat win the 2012 NBA world title this season, he probably turned some of his haters into fans and I have a feeling he’ll get some more new fans if he can help Team USA win the gold in the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games.

But if you have to name one country that can challenge the USA for most number of gold won, you can’t go wrong with China.

China is that big of a threat to Team USA heading to the premier showcase of the world’s best that one of the organizers of this year’s Olympic Games, specifically London Organizing Committee Chief Sebastian Coe, expects China to top it this year and beat the Americans.

Can China beat the USA? Or will we see another nation…

No LeBron? No D-Wade? No Problem for Team USA

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

I guess they were just too big for FIBA.

The 2010 FIBA World Championships has began and Team USA is in good shape as it posted its fourth straight win over Iran 88-51 to lead Group B. Also known as basketball’s World Cup, the World Championships are also held every four years and share similar qualification and scheduling formats to determine a winner.

The FIBA tournament may only be held once every four years, but coupled with the quadrennial Olympic men’s basketball tournament, an international basketball champion is decided every two years.

The biggest difference between the Olympics and the World Championships is that the United States’ dominance on the basketball court is limited only to the former. The United States has won 13 gold medals in the Olympics; no other country has more than two.

On the other hand, the USA basketball team has won three gold medals at the World Championships, but so have Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union, and the U.S. has not won since 1994.

This year’s tournament is hosted by Turkey, it lasts more than two weeks with the gold medal game taking place on Sunday, Sept. 12, or what is better known in the United States as NFL Week 1.

The teams were drawn into four six-team groups. Group play began Saturday with teams playing five games in their group and the top four teams advance to the…

People, Australia can beat Team USA on Wednesday

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

seth-edward-oneal.jpgAnd in case you haven’t heard, they haven’t awarded Team USA with the Olympic basketball championship just yet.

And while Team USA looks primed to win gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, one team that may shock the rest of the world yet again is Australia. They are set to meet on Wednesday and the Aussies sure look the part of show stoppers.

After pounding Germany 106-57, Team USA has been the poster child for dominance in the Olympic Games. Other than Michael Phelps, the US basketball team gives the United States a better shot of winning a gold medal in Beijing.

Of course, with NBA stars like Andrew BogutLeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul, that gold medal is for Team USA to lose more than win it. Hell, Olympic officials could just hand them the gold medal already and none of the countries competing in this already one-sided basketball tournament will contest.

But then again, there’s Team Australia.

After beating then undefeated Lithuania in emphatic fashion, winning by a whopping 31 points, the Aussies showed the dominance on the hardwood you’ll…

Redemption for Team USA in 2008 Beijing Olympics?

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

seth-edward-oneal.jpgThey should have something to prove come August 8.

The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games is merely a few days away and the USA basketball team wants one thing and one thing only, GOLD. You don’t need a rocket scientist to figure that one out.

While other countries may be satisfied with a silver or bronze, Team USA don’t have the same luxury. Showcasing the best athletes in the world, there is no excuse on God’s green earth that the red, white and blue shouldn’t retrieve what to them is rightfully theirs.

Taking a deeper look on Team USA, it is fun to watch these players take pride in every sport that they play.

Kobe BryantThey are backed up by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). The Committee supports American athletes, specifically Olympic athletes and selects which athletes will participate in the Games of the Olympiad, the Olympic Winter Games, and the Pan American Games. The Committee also provides training centers, funds, and support staff to elite athletes.

The USOC also acts as the United States representative for all Olympic matters, including for the…

Team USA will probably get their asses kicked in the 2007 FIBA Americas tournament

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

You read it, as great as they claim the NBA is, Team USA can’t seem to win in these international basketball tournaments.

And with the 2007 FIBA Americas tournament ready to kick off by August 22, it sure looks like we’ll see more of the same as far as the fabled Team USA is concerned. THAT being coming up with good starts to the tournament only to lose BIG TIME in the end.

Why? Get this, Team USA probably lost three key guys who might probably carry the United States off what has been an era of disappointing international runs.

After already losing the overall No.1 draft pick Greg Oden and Houston Rockets forward Shane Battier from playing with the team for the FIBA Americas tournament in late August, the United States lost Kirk Hinrich after the fiery Chicago Bulls guard pulled out for personal reasons.

Kirk Hinrich played in all nine games for the United States in last year’s world championships, starting three of them. He is probably the most consistent ”true point guard” to play for the team then and with his withdrawal from the FIBA Americas tournament, Team USA could very well be in a whole lot of trouble.

Well, they do still have triple-double monster point guard Jason Kidd and of course…

USA is the Third Best Team at the FIBA Championships

Monday, September 4th, 2006

Team USA was a little agitated than usual when they went on to face Argentina for the bronze medal of the FIBA World Championships.

Oh yeah, this suppose-to-be powerhouse basketball team from the United States let their emotions affect them early too, trailing 12-4 at the opening minutes of the game against Argentina. Jeezus… I thought these guys were suppose to be ”great NBA athletes?”

Well, for what it’s worth, Team USA rallied back from yet another similar ”Greece-like” nine-point deficit to beat Argentina, 96-81. They got the medal alright but bronze is a far cry from gold.

Dwyane Wade had a game-high 32 points, including 18 in the fourth quarter, and LeBron James added 22, along with nine rebounds and seven assists.

Team USA took the lead for good on Carmelo Anthony’s three-pointer with six seconds to go in the second quarter which gave them a 50-49 advantage at half-time and while Argentina stayed within striking distance, the US held on and won comfortably in the end.

You just know that NBA Commissioner David Stern will shave his head bald if the US team didn’t pull this…

Bringing Back the Dream in USA Basketball Dream Team

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

Team USA SHOULD win the title at the FIBA World Championships.

Yep, with stars like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane… Um… No, that one ain’t a star yet, at least in my book, Chris Paul, Team USA seemed destined to become world champions.

Fine fine, I can call Dwyane Wade a ”star,” after all he did led Team USA to a 121-90 win over Yao Ming and the rest of China in this international basketball tournament.

Yup, and that is after one Carmelo Anthony led the way in one of the Team USA’s games, proving just how dominant this team coach Mike Krzyzewski has assembled. Anyone can go off on any team at the FIBA World Championships and China realized that Team USA had Dwyane Wade waiting to do just that.

Now if it wasn’t only for the infamous ”Dallas Screw Job” that led to this Dwyane Wade becoming an NBA Champion in his young career.

Dwyane Wade scored 26 points to lead the U.S. to a 121-90 rout of Yao Ming and China, another victory for the Americans at the FIBA world championships.

This is how the Americans were assembled. Unlike many…

What the USA Dream Team Should Be

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

Okay okay, here we are in the middle of the NBA Season as numerous NBA teams are already solidifying their bid for a spot in this year’s NBA Playoffs.

Guys like Kobe Bryant and Elton Brand are having a spectacular season so far. Kobe Bryant just recently dropped 81 big ones on the Toronto Raptors and Elton Brand is currently carrying the Clippers out of that mediocre pit hole they can’t seem to climb out of the past few years.

Yup, it is indeed an exciting season for Hollywood thus far.

How about the rest of them? Who are those NBA players who are as invaluable to their team as these two are? I will single out five NBA players who I think is the very best in the position they are playing. And yes, this is what the USA Dream Team should be.

This is the OddJack Dream Team.

At two-guard, who is better than Kobe this season? No one. A prototypical shooting guard should be a guy who can shoot the basketball with ease, hence the term ‘shooting’ guard. Kobe became…

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Which team will win the most medals in the Olympics?

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

They sure love their bling.

The entire sporting world is on a standstill as the premier sporting event in the planet showcases the finest of the finest in the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Olympic Park, London.

Officially tagged as the Games of the XXX Olympiad, the bi-annual sports tournament this year features the heavy hitters once again from different parts of the world as each of the competing nations look to bring their respective home countries immortality in the sporting arena and further add to their count of medals won from the Olympic Games.

And as far as the most medals won in the Olympics Games, it is not a surprise that Team USA trumps all the other competing countries, which is why the Americans are once again heavily favoured to win the most medals this year in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

The United States have won a total of 2,549 medals in the Olympic Games. Quite a staggering mark eh? 2,296 of those medals came from the Summer Olympic Games, with the tournament alternating from the Summer Olympics to the Winter Games every two years.

Yeah, the Americans sure have been awesome in the Olympic Games. How awesome? The United States have won more medals, not to mention more gold ones with 1016 gold medals overall, than any other country in the Summer Olympic Games and in the Olympic Games in general.

Dominating sports like swimming, tennis, golf…

Who’ll challenge USA in the 2012 London Olympics?

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012


Yeah, USA sure is a giant but somebody has to stand up to the Americans at some point right?

Of course, there are some contenders looking to challenge the USA this year in the 2012 London Olympic Games for the right to be regarded as the overall medals winner.

And one of which is Germany. The Germans are expected to win at least 25 medals this year and finish in the top ten of the medal tally. Games that should give Germany some hardware this year in London include canoeing, equestrian, and rowing.

Another country that really brings its A-game in the Summer Olympic Games is France.

France has high expectations going for them this year. How come? A lot of people are expecting the French to do good with fencing and cycling, France’s most medal-producing events, featured this year in the foremost sporting competition in the world.

Oh yeah, they’re good in equestrian, sailing, judo, shooting, and weightlifting too.

We also have Italy. Italy is the 4th most successful country in the history of the Olympics and they are expected to look the part in the Olympics. And in case you don’t know how good the Italians can be in the Summer Olympic Games, these guys finished in the top 5 of the medal count 11 times, 20 times in the top 10, which makes this nation one of those countries to watch out for this year in the…



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