Men’s Basketball Olympic Gold – Team USA

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.

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The New York Knicks Modest Basketball Hero – Jeremy Lin

Perhaps the greatest tale of all regarding Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks is not that he is driving the lane, or leading his team with the correct plays, or knocking down game-winning shots from behind the arc, or even that he is of Asian descent.

The fact is no one in the NBA had seen his potential.

And, by the time they did, it was too late.

All of a sudden, he was taking the game to them and, with the newly energized Knicks, showing that he could play with the best of them.

Lin, a Harvard hoopster and graduate and an undrafted NBA player, had been waived by two teams this pre-season (Dec. 9 by San Francisco and Dec. 24 by Houston) and he was evidently heading out of New York’s Madison Square Garden until he got his chance, due to team injuries, particularly Carmelo Anthony’s goin injury on February 6.

Lin certainly made the best of it on February 7…and since.

Perhaps teammate Tyson Chandler said it best, “You don’t see this coming. Undrafted, gets cut from Golden State, cut in Houston, and probably days away from being cut by the New York Knicks. And then all of a sudden … ”

What the media and people refer to as “Linsanity” has captured not just New York, but also cities where the Knicks arrive.

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Witness that the only sellout crowds this season for the latest victims, Minnesota and Toronto, came with Lin’s appearance in their fair city. On game day, Toronto’s major daily newspaper carried Lin on the front cover.

And, despite all the cheers and raves he receives, Lin stays focused on the team and his teammates.

Will New York’s and Lin’s winning ways continue, especially when Anthony returns? That is hard to say. The Knicks paid dearly for ‘Melo to join them last year.

It may take some time for ‘Melo and Lin to get their groove when he returns, similar to the Heat and what their Big 3 (Wade, James and Bosh) discovered in 2011.

Until some unkown time in the future, New York is very much enjoying the ride.

Over For Now.

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