clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Watching the basketball world championships?

Believe it or not, the men's basketball world championships are taking place right now and the American team has already played three games! After slipping by Brazil yesterday, 3-0, Team USA is poised for a run at a medal. But gold isn't a given, because this is not the "Dream Team" of some past Olympics: It's a mish-mash of mostly second-tier players that wouldn't get a shot at the team if all the true all-stars opted to play. Yes, Kevin Durant is a star and without him they would be 2-1 at best. And yes, they have Derrick Rose and Rudy Gay who are both very good - but the American team is not the best we have. Other countries are missing stars like Dirk Nowitzki (Germany), and defending-champion Spain is missing Pau Gasol.

With the "development league" feel, it's a little tough to get into the tournament. It's even harder calling it a "world championship when either of the NBA Finalists this past season would take the tournament with ease.