If it feels like the teams the USA sends to compete in the World Championships and the Olympics never lose, that’s because it’s been so long since anyone has been able to register a victory against the stacked squads from the states.
After getting a win over Mexico on Saturday to advance to the quarterfinals of the FIBA World Cup, Mike Krzyzewski’s impressive streak in guiding Team USA to victories in international competition continued, and reached a nice milestone.
From Marc Stein of ESPN.com:
Make it an even 60 wins in a row and counting for Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski. That includes 42 consecutive victories in Olympic and FIBA tournaments and another 18 wins in exhibition games. The Americans last tasted defeat in the semifinals of the 2006 FIBA World Championship against Greece in Japan and launched this streak on Sept. 2, 2006, with a 96-81 triumph over Argentina in the bronze-medal game.
Looking back on that game against Greece, with the roster Team USA sent to that competition, it’s difficult to imagine how they may have lost.
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony were all there, but Greece played sensational team basketball, which Krzyzewski said afterward was their key to taking down the Americans.
“We have to learn the international game better,” U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “We learned a lot today because we played a team that plays amazing basketball and plays together.”
Sounds a lot like the team from Spain that will almost certainly be waiting for Team USA in the championship game of this summer’s tournament — one that will be more than ready to try to hit the reset button on Krzyzewski’s impressive streak of victories.