Originally Posted by Claudius
The problem with USA basketball is that everyone on that team wants to be the guy. Look at the previous teams, of 92 and even 96 but 92 espescially. They had Magic, Larry, Karl, Charles, MJ, Isiah, Hak, Ewing etc. These were ALL guys who were THE guy on their teams. All are HOFers. But somehow they dominated the competition easily.
Now, I know, the competition today is more intense but I still examine that team and they played LIKE a team. Pride for the country went ahead of personal glory. But today, it's opposite and it's more of a cultural thing. It's more of a what can you do for me society and that's translate almost verbatim on the basketball court.
Yeah but who was the alpha dog of that USA team? Micheal freaking Jordan. USA has no alpha dog, just a handful of pretenders/contenders to the throne. None of the USA guys want to sacrifice their touches/stats for the team. Putting LeBron, Melo, Wade, etc. on the same team is tough because they all need the ball to be effective.
Then they have 3 ball-dominating PG's in Kidd, Paul and Deron. Great individual talent, but bad mix. Prince on the team is solid - he should play 40 mins a game. He's the only glue guy on the team!