Tuesday , Aug , 12 , 2008 Oly Sandor

David and Goliath: Kobe, LeBron, and Redeem Team USA versus Angola

American power forward Karl Malone -who made his living throwing elbows and showing no mercy for opponents- even felt sorry for Angola.
During the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the original Dream Team used a 46-1 run to wallop Angola 116-48. The game was so lopsided FIBA needed to invoke the mercy rule and step-in like concerned little league parents …


David and Goliath: Kobe, LeBron, and Redeem Team USA versus AngolaI felt sorry for Angola. You felt sorry for Angola. American power forward Karl Malone -who made his living throwing elbows and showing no mercy for opponents- even felt sorry for Angola.

During the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the original Dream Team used a 46-1 run to wallop Angola 116-48. The game was so lopsided FIBA needed to invoke the mercy rule and step-in like concerned little league parents.

Sixteen years later, Redeem Team once again faces Angola in another Olympic mismatch. Expect Kobe Bryant and LeBron James to pick-up right where Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson left off.

Here are three points worth noting about Angola:

  • Zone, zone, and even more zone. Angola’s tallest player is 6-7, so they’ll throw a steady diet of zones at the Americans. Team USA will counter by going inside and using their considerable height advantage.
  • According to Team USA’s scouting report, Angola best players are Olimpio Cipriano and Carlos Almeida. Both play for the country’s flagship professional club Primeiro de Agosto. 
  • Angola qualified for the Olympics by winning the 2007 FIBA Africa Championship with a perfect 6-0 record. And they finished ninth at the 2006 FIBA World Tournament, beating Japan, New Zealand, and Panama. 

On Tuesday morning, Redeem Team USA will easily handle an improved Angolan side. But the score will be close enough nobody will feel sorry for the African nation.

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