Re: Why Great Celtic Players are Different
posted at 11/4/2010 3:07 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Why Great Celtic Players are Different
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Why Great Celtic Players are Different : I don't know how old you are, or how old you were in 1992? BUT. It used to be just our college kids to play in the Olympics, after all it was an amatuer event, and they were not paid. And they kicked everyones butt for years, before international teams finally learned to play. It wasn,t untill the college boys lost when we complained that they been playing against international Pro teams for years who were paid. Hence, amatuer no more, that our pro team started. And Yugoslavia did not stand a chance. The only way for an international team to win was to cheat, like russian team did, where american team did not show up to accept medal. Politics came into play in the Olympics. It been downhill ever since. You will not see an elite team until you can beat the second stringers.
Posted by oldtimerceltfan[/QUOTE]
Hi, I turned 21 this year.
I think the USA losing at the 1988 Olympics and the 1990 World Championships, which I think they lost to Yugoslavia, where the events that led to the NBA players playing in the Olympics and World Championships.
Didn't America lose to Russia in 1972? Remember reading that the team still haven't accepted their Gold Medals. What were the circumstances of that game? Must have been harsh if the Americans believed they were cheated.
I think Yugoslavia would have been beaten by the 1992 team. But the game may have been slightly more competitive. Was a close game for a while against Croatia, but nobody could compete with the depth and class of that US team. But those Yugoslavian teams were very special.
America was defeated at the 2004 Olympics and 2006 World Championships. Which was what I was referring to. If America doesn't send their best team they're vulnerable to losing. They can no longer turn up have the media dub them the "Dream Team" and expect their opponents to roll over and surrender.
Which is a good thing for international basketball.