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    Maybe Dame will step up as the leader of that team?
    Because right now they don’t have any

    Magic Johnson was the leader of the 92 team

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    This team has 0 chemistry

    Other NTs have dudes playing together for years. US have a different roster for every tournament

    Not to mention they added 2 dudes a couple of days removed from the NBA Finals just before the Olympics started

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    Column: Gregg Popovich needs to take blame for the underperforming U.S. men’s basketball team
    By Dylan Hernández | Columnist
    July 26, 2021 2:15 PM PT

    He was a firm, essential voice of reason during the most brazenly racist presidency in generations.

    Over the four years in which the White House was occupied by a vulgar failed casino operator, Gregg Popovich earned widespread respect as more than a basketball coach. The praise came from both minorities who appreciated him using his position as a successful white authority figure to speak on their behalf and from white progressives who admired how he articulated their sentiments.

    Now, in what could be his final act in public life as the leader of the U.S. basketball team at these Games, the 72-year-old Popovich has been considerably less dignified.

    He’s blowing it.

    In the wake of the U.S.’s embarrassing 83-76 defeat to France in its Olympic opener on Sunday night, the five-time NBA champion coach came across as unaccountable.

    He was defensive. Arrogant, even.

    “There’s nothing to be surprised about,” Popovich told reporters. “That’s the part that confuses me a little bit.”

    Really, there’s nothing surprising about a team representing the country that invented the sport, has the most compe ive league and the best players blowing a seven-point lead late in the fourth quarter?

    It’s bad enough that Popovich hasn’t been able to convince some of his players to take on the roles required for the U.S. to win a gold medal — or even beat cannon fodder such as France. It’s bad enough that Popovich runs an offense that fails to maximize the offensive weapons on his roster.

    What turns this coaching failure into something worse is the demeanor of Popovich. The same man who represented the more sensible parts of America during the Trump presidency is now personifying the country’s worst traits, and on the global stage, no less.

    If the selling of complete nonsense indicates how little a speaker thinks of his or her audience’s intelligence, Popovich obviously has none for the people chronicling his Olympic misadventures or to the readers and viewers to whom they are relaying his words.

    “I don’t understand the word ‘surprise,’” Popovich continued. “That sort of disses the French team, so to speak, as if we were supposed to beat them by 30 or something. That’s a of a team.”

    A of a team that lost an exhibition game the previous week to Japan, which at No. 42 in the FIBA rankings is behind the likes of South Korea, Tunisia and Georgia.

    “They’ve got a great coaching staff,” Popovich continued. “They’ve got NBA players and other talented players playing in Europe [who have been] together for a long time.”

    While it’s true the U.S. is subject to more roster turnover than other international teams, it also has the most talented collection of players.

    LeBron James isn’t playing? So what?

    Uneven as its roster might be, the U.S. has Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, Devin Booker and Jayson Tatum. No other team here can match that, certainly not France, which has good-but-not-great players in Rudy Gobert, Evan Fournier and Nicolas Batum.

    “I think that’s a little bit of hubris if you think the Americans are supposed to just roll out the ball and win,” Popovich said.

    And it’s an appalling abdication of responsibility to think it’s even remotely acceptable for the U.S. to lose to France.

    Popovich pointed to how teams from other countries are improving. He’s right. Just because that’s true doesn’t mean that it also can’t be true the U.S. should still be lapping the field.

    None of this should diminish what Popovich has accomplished with the Spurs. He was the right coach at the right time for them. He is a surefire Hall of Famer. He also happens to be the wrong coach at the wrong time for the U.S., with a resume in international compe ion that doesn’t measure up to his NBA success.

    He was an assistant to Larry Brown at the disastrous 2004 Games, where the U.S. settled for a bronze medal.

    Taking over for Mike Krzyzewski as the U.S. head coach after the 2016 Olympics, Popovich led the team to a worst-ever seventh-place finish at the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

    Earlier this month, the U.S. dropped exhibition games to Nigeria and Australia.

    That shouldn’t be the standard. That can’t be the standard.

    Brazilians wouldn’t ever accept the coach of their men’s soccer team excusing a loss to, say, the U.S. by pointing to how much its opponent has evolved. Brazil dropping a game to the U.S. in soccer is inexcusable under any cir stance.

    That’s part of the job.

    Regardless of whether he acknowledges it, Popovich inherited a similar burden from Krzyzewski.

    While Popovich played dumb, at least one of his players said he understood the responsibilities that came with representing the U.S. in basketball.

    “I think that’s just what the expectations are when you play for Team USA,” Lillard said.

    Lillard didn’t perform up to the expectations on the court, but he understood how he had to comport himself after. Popovich didn’t do either.

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    Everyone just parroting each at this point for clicks. Who cares.

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    Magic Johnson was the leader of the 92 team
    4/10 got a few laughs.

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    4/10 got a few laughs.
    Then who was the leader of that team?

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    Then who was the leader of that team?
    Christian Laettner obv

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    Christian Laettner obv

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    Hey Pop how do you spell KARMA - I will spell it for ya ........HA HA HA............

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    Anyone know what channel the game is on? I'm on Directv.

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    It won't be shown live on tv unless you subscribe to pea . They have a free trial so I would try that.

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    It won't be shown live on tv unless you subscribe to pea . They have a free trial so I would try that.
    Thanks! I don't mind paying for the subscription, but sometimes canceling those subscriptions is a Heculean task.

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    Once got League Pass while in Europe and had to change my iden y and sell all my assets to get them to stop charging me.

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    My bad. It's streaming free on nbcolympics.com. USA kicking Iran's ass right now. We're finally hitting our 3's. Defense is night and day vs France. I like moving Holiday in the starting lineup. Jerami Grant off the bench over Keldon immediately paying off dividends.
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    I'm watching on Pea , but the stream keeps cutting in and out.

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    The stream on nbcolympics.com is pretty smooth. Try watching there

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    I'm just as ready as anyone for the next Head Coach of the spurs to be named but this is getting ridiculous. The team missed their last few free throws and like 10 straight shots to end that game including a handful of wide open shots... and taking threes while having an open lane to the rim with the opponents player on the ground. The players just choked. They played horrible.

    Other countries usually get their best players playing together every year. The United States never has a similar roster and never has the best players in the NBA like the dream team did. I honestly don't get how thats hard to comprehend.

    Today's culture is AAU bball. Hero ball that doesn't produce results in the NBA let alone the Olympics. Kobe hit the nail on the head with his premonitions of its negative impact on the game.


    Like I said, I'm ready for Pop to retire tbh, the organization needs a change. He's fallen way off with his stubborn processes.

    That game was definitely not on the coaching staff as much as haters might want it to be. I'm looking forward to all the clickbait articles about the Iran game.

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    Then who was the leader of that team?
    Corporate USA.

    Bird Jordan etc certainly weren't lead by Magic.

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    Is there a paid for subscription website you can use these days to watch all the Olympic basketball games regardless of country? I remember years ago, I think I signed up to Fiba and was able to watch the games. What is the current Fiba official website? I am assuming they don't do it anymore, though.

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    Nbcolympics.com has all the games uploaded you can rewatch

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    Well, that was a resounding victory.

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    Nbcolympics.com has all the games uploaded you can rewatch
    Thanks, but I assume that only if you're in the US? Can those of us outside the US access those games even if we pay for them?

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    Blowout win over czech republic. Started off slow but KD and Tatum got hot. On to the knock out round playing our best ball.

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    Thanks, but I assume that only if you're in the US? Can those of us outside the US access those games even if we pay for them?
    Don't know

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    A few 30 point blowouts should help the team feel better about themselves, but they aren't going to be playing Iran or Czech in the knockout rounds. Hope that doesn't give them a false sense of security.

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    Holy . Slovenia beat Spain last night. So quarterfinals on Tuesday Japan time/Monday night here, we play Spain. Huge match-up but I think we win by 10. Who will be watching? Winner likely plays Patty Mills and Australia
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