Now that Team USA beat Angola (97-76), it's time for them to prepare for some big games. Next up is Greece, a team with no players I am familiar with. They aren't favorites to medal, but International "Guru" Fran Fraschilla thinks that they are the best "team" in this tournament. Looking at their roster (scroll down from the link to see it), I see that six of the guys on this team will be teammates of Josh Childress with the Greek Club Olympiacos (just a cool way to get off topic).
The talk of the town (otherwise known as ESPN's analysts) has been that team USA can't shoot from the outside. Granted, Kobe may be in a shooting slump, but hey, he's a competitor and he'll find ways to be effective. I don't take much of anything from these first two games; this just showed us that the USA can beat the bad teams.
Team USA has to make a statement now (Thursday's game is their first real taste of a great squad). The perfect game for the USA would be a 30 point convincing victory. You know they're going to be hungry; this squad last beat them in semifinals of the World Championships.
Here my quick ESPN-like promo: Don't miss as the Redeem Team battle their way through pool play as they face Greece Thursday morning at 8 am Eastern. Can Kobe break his shooting slump? Does team USA have a good enough inside presence? Find out Thursday!