Saturday , Aug , 25 , 2007 Oly Sandor

FIBA: Canada No Match For Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, & Team USA

Instead I watched Canada play the United States in basketball and learned the true meaning of David versus Goliath. As a Canadian I was proud of my team’s effort. But the combined powers of Jesus, Mohammad, the Dali Lama and Moses couldn’t help my boys against a great American squad …


My mother keeps telling me to get in touch with my spiritual side. With a free Saturday I contemplated going to Church or reading some inspirational stories.

Instead I watched Canada play the United States in basketball and learned the true meaning of David versus Goliath. As a Canadian I was proud of my team’s effort. They never stopped competing. But the combined powers of Jesus, Mohammad, the Dali Lama, and Moses couldn’t help my boys against a great American squad.

The game was a blowout. Full credit to the Americans; they were easily the better team and won with class. Oh well, my country still has hockey, Pam Anderson, and damn good beer.

I did, however, meet a higher power. With the shot clock winding down, Canadian center Samuel Dalembert had the ball near the three-point line. He readied a long-range attempt.

"God help us," I said out loud. Dalembert is a solid NBA player, but his outside range is, well, limited.
 
Somebody upstairs must have heard me because Dalembert’s three-pointer went in. Nothing but net. A perfect swish. Thanks to Dalembert I have rediscovered my spiritual side. My mother would be proud. And this afternoon wasn’t a total loss.

Jokes aside, Team USA looked very strong. Here are a couple of points worth noting:

  • The Americans continue to play great defense. Everybody is committed to the system. This makes them virtually impossible to beat.
  • Bill Walton is right: the international game suits Carmelo Anthony. The forward dominates because of his versatility. Against Canada, he scored 25 points. I can’t believe Larry Brown sat ‘Melo’ at the Athens Olympics in 2004. And I can’t believe I agreed with something Walton said.
  • and look great together. One of the commentators mentioned that the Lakers, if they acquired Kidd at last year’s trade deadline, would have become instant contenders. I’m not so sure about this. Right now, I’m skeptical Kidd could survive the dysfunctional Lakers.
  • is very light right now. No doubt about it, he’s in great shape. But does a lighter Stoudemire help or hurt the Suns? Remember, Phoenix traded Kurt Thomas in July. STAT may need size to battle opposing posts.
  • Team  USA will face Brazil tomorrow. This will be their biggest test.

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