It may not have been the prettiest game.
There was, however, a lot of heart, on both sides.
Spain challenged Team USA with their big men, the Gasol brothers (Pau and Marc) and Serge Ibaka and a great supporting cast.
However, it was not enough, as they lost to the US 107-100.
People did not think it would be this close. However, when you are dealing with NBA All Stars, and similar caliber players, there is a lot of pride in winning. And that pride can drive players to perform incredibly well.
Team USA, led by LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant, with assistance from all areas of the floor, captured their second straight Olympic Gold medal.
When the buzzer sounded, when the clock hit 0.0, Team USA started celebrating. They had not done so after any earlier game, as some teams did, as they knew this was the only game that mattered…the only one worth celebrating.
It was great to see the team acknowledge 76ers coach Doug Collins following their on-court flurry of cheers and laughs.
Another touching moment was seeing Kobe and Pau with a big hug, LA Laker teammates who battled against this summer but will join Dwight Howard and Steve Nash this fall in an NBA title run.
The final game televised interview was with LeBron, Kevin and Kobe, the top three scorers on the team, as well as the top three in the 2011-2012 NBA season.
To all the players on all the teams, very well done. Unfortunately, in Olympic competition there is only one winner – one Gold medal.
For London 2012 that is Team USA. Congratulations.
Coach K is a winner. And he leads winners. A great job by a great coach.
Guards: Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, James Harden.
Forwards: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love, Andre Iguodala, Anthony Davis
Center: Tyson Chandler
Over For Now.
Main Street One