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I have always said that if there were a world championship for basketball in the manner of the World Cup (although better run than the FiFA World Cup) I would root for the best pro team we can put on the court.

Well, here it is:  The FIBA World Cup.  And guess what:  The USA’s in it!  (It’s in Spain too!)  So all is okay, Sandy?

Not so fast!  There’s a problem:  The FIBA World Cup winner gets an automatic bid to the Olympics and all the other teams have to compete in a future qualifying tournament for the right to play in the Games.

Here’s a USA Today story that will show my conflict with this whole thing:

With the Saturday announcement that Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love won’t take part in the FIBA Basketball World Cup tournament in Spain, the task of securing an automatic bid for the 2016 Olympics and defending its gold medal gets a whole lot harder yet again, as LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trailblazers), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs), Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) also bowed out recently and left Team USA managing director Jerry Colangelo lamenting the unwelcome challenge of reworking his shrinking roster.


Still, it’s unfortunate that he saw it that way. Love was one of just four remaining players who were on the 2012 team that won the gold medal in the Beijing Olympics (the others being Davis, Durant and the Houston Rockets’ James Harden). He was also just one four players left who were on the 2010 team that won gold at the FIBA World Cup in Turkey.

Once again it seems to me that the World Cup is a tune up for the ultimate sports imperialist event:  Men’s basketball at the 2016 Olympic Games.  And Yes, the Duke coach (who I admire and respect greatly) is once again the head coach of this team (So who got shut out this time from coaching their national team?) and if Love leaves the team we’ll only have three from the 2012 Sports Imperialism roster!   Lions, tigers and bears, OH MY!

This thing is still too exclusive to be a true representative of the American people.  So I think I got to stay out of this.  I would like to have something pithy to say about this like:

No Union with Slaveholders!

So I thought about it and I think Mr. Garrison might have come up with this instead!

No Rooting for Sports Imperialism!

I’ll just devote my time elsewhere.  When the World Championship of basketball is decoupled from the Olympics, then I’ll root for USA.


Don’t even say here:  The US doesn’t always win this event.  How often did we put forth our best team?  If we put forth the top 12 NBA all stars, they’d not lose a game and win gold easily.


About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

3 Responses to “VERY MIXED FEELINGS about this USA BASKETBALL situation”

  1. kevin joe says:

    interesting great post enjoyed reading and you can definitely expect to see the U.S in the fiba finals.

  2. kevin joe says:

    and going for derrick rose or kyre for mvp

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