Here in America, we are all about the gold medal. That’s what dream of growing up, what our young volleyball players and gymnasts strive to get. We love our bright, shiny objects that glisten in the sun.
So when it comes to international basketball, we are all about the Olympics. That’s what we gear up for, that’s where we send our best players.
The World Championships… not so much. There is reason we have not won gold at this event since 1994. But as USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo told John Thompson (yes, that John Thompson) on ESPN 980 in the nation’s capital, we are kind of alone in that regard.
“Every other country puts the World Championships at least on a par, and in most cases above the Olympics. Only in the United States do we put the Olympics so far ahead of the World Championships. What we witnessed this summer with the World Cup in soccer is what basketball people around the world are hoping to accomplish. … We haven’t won the World Championship since 1994 and that has to stop.”
Just something to remember as we head into the World Championships. We are sending a young team to let them gain experience. Our very best are partying in cabanas at the W Hotel in South Beach.
The rest of the world is sending their top guns, and they would love to knock us off.
DeMarcus Cousins says Mavericks’ rumored interest flatters him, but he loves Kings
The Mavericks’ long-rumored interest in DeMarcus Cousins took its most direct public turn before the season, when Dallas signed Cousins’ brother, Jaleel Cousins. Jaleel is now on the Mavericks’ D-League affiliate, and I bet he will remain there as DeMarcus approaches 2018 free agency.
So, DeMarcus Cousins, what do you think about the Mavericks’ long-rumored interest in acquiring you?
“It’s flattering,” Cousins told me, with a laugh, after the Kings’ Wednesday shootaround at AAC. Then, turning serious, he added of the Mavericks, “I respect them.”
“But,” I said, “I’ve also heard that you like it in Sacramento.”
“No,” Cousins corrected, “I love Sacramento.”
Cousins is getting good at this, toeing the line between appreciating another team’s interest and expressing his satisfaction with the Kings.
And give Cousins credit. He keeps producing at a star level for a team that hasn’t provided him with the proper support. Sacramento again appears headed toward the lottery, even as Cousins averages 29-10.
Questions remain, though: How much of Cousins’ attitude is him trying to make the best of an inescapable situation, and will expanded options in the summer of 2018 test his loyalty?
LeBron James dunks, struts past camerapeople and toward crowd, spooks fan (video)
NEW YORK (AP) — Derrick Rose is missing the New York Knicks’ game against Cleveland because of lower back pain.
Rose left the Knicks’ victory over Miami on Tuesday in the third quarter with back spasms. Coach Jeff Hornacek says Rose still felt sore on Wednesday when he came in and met with team doctors, so they sent him for an MRI exam to make sure there was no structural damage.
Rose is averaging 16.7 points and this is the first game he’s missed this season.