The Olympics are underway and there are plenty of athletes trying to put on a good show for their countries. And there are others that are sent there to dominate. The USA men’s basketball team is there to make sure that US domination remains on the basketball court. And after their first game, they have shown that they are ready to obliterate the completion. The US men’s team won their first game 119-62 over China. The collection of NBA players they had were running circles around the China basketball team. And what’s even crazier is that most of the guys on the US basketball team this year were not the first choices. Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes, Kyle Lowry and Jimmy Butler were all guys that no one thought of being on this team. DeAndre Jordan was another player that was not thought of when putting together this team. But even with the third-tier guys for this team, they are expected to dominate and win the gold medal again. And over time, the expectation has gone from winning the gold to winning by at least thirty of forty points.
At this point in time, the USA men’s basketball team has become boring for many to watch. It’s almost like that episode of your favorite show that you are watching for the thousandth time. At some point, it becomes boring. And many fans of basketball are starting to tune to other things during the Olympics because of this. And now the point is being brought up of NBA players not being allowed to play anymore. At one point, there was just amateurs that played in the Olympics. Anyone remember all the college players playing against guys from overseas? Those games did not always turn out the way the United States wanted because the guys that were playing overseas may have been the same age, but they were professional basketball players for some time before facing the collegiate athletes from the US.
Because of that advantage, the Dream Team was launched in 1992 and there were plenty other NBA All-Star teams that played in the Olympics. But at this point, some fans want some games without all the best stars the USA can come up with. That could or could not happen but let’s imagine life without the NBA players there to play. Most of the players would be between 19-23 depending on the ages of the players while in college that are selected for this team. And most of the competition they would end up facing would be players from professional leagues from overseas. That would be a disadvantage for the USA team there. Although the younger players would be talented, the talent they possess would not be enough to win the games. And when they didn’t win, US fans would be upset and clamoring for something to be done.
United States basketball fans will never be happy with either scenario. If they win by too much, then it is boring. If they take away the professional athletes (like some have talked about on social media) and lose, then there will be many that will think they should go back to the NBA players. No one is going to get their way fully on this deal nor should they. It isn’t up to the fans of the game to make these determinations anyway. But you cannot have it both ways. Do you like domination or potentially losing a gold medal?
The General Mike Patton is an up-and-coming writer from Nashville, TN who brings a fresh and non-biased opinion about sports. From his radio experience in Nashville to his time as a sports writer for Free’s World, the website for radio personality and former co-host of BET’s 106 and Park Free (www.freesworld.com), The General is definitely one you want to get to know in the sports world. You can catch his work on SPORTSAWAKENING.COM. Mike grew up rooting for the San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bulls and Chicago Cubs, and remains a passionate sports fan who expresses intelligent opinions.
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