Monday, August 04, 2008

Team USA set to take on the Aussie's!

Team USA will take on Andrew Bogut and the Aussie's on Tuesday at 8 a.m. Eastern time on ESPN2. If you've heard of Shawn Redhage you're either Australian, Fran Fraschilla, or really up on foreign basketball (sorry, Aussies, you're great!).

Anyway, I think team USA needs to blow out the Australian's like they did the Canadian's. The one thing that is becoming a growing concern is the way team USA is getting hurt inside. This Australian team has size. Don't get me wrong, I don't know much about this team, but they have seven players that are over 6'8". They may not be that skilled (except for Bogut), but you never know without an adequate scouting report.

Everyone is also talking about the lack of playing time for JKidd. I don't see a controversey brewing. These guys made three year commitiments, when you're old like JKidd is, you need to take it easy until it counts. You don't play all the cards when there are no chips on the table. In this game of poker, team USA has plenty of chips at point guard (Jason Kidd, Chris Paul, and Deron Williams).

Keeping up the ESPN promo, don't forget about back-to-back Road to Redemption episodes, the last bit of the series (tommorow starting at 7 pm Eastern, ESPN2). I have liked this series so far; I am looking for another great, heart warming performance from ESPN's production crew.

1 comments:

mookie said...

Alex, you're right, the Aussies are a big squad. Whether they can use that size to contain USA is another story!

For those looking for a look at the Aussie team in more depth, there are previews at:

A Stern Warning: http://asternwarning.blogspot.com/2008/08/2008-olympic-warmup-preview-australian.html
and
Green Bandwagon: http://www.greenbandwagon.com/2008/8/2/580851/2008-men-s-olympic-basketb