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Look Out World, Dream Team Is Back

Posted August. 14, 2006 03:07,   


“Do not call this the dream team. We are a national team composed mainly of young players.”

USA national basketball team head coach Mike Krzyzewski stated in a recent interview that the seventh national team is clearly different from the first dream team of 1992, composed of Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson among others. While the team then was an all-star team, this one was not.

But the current U.S. national team clearly merits the term “dream team.”

Having visited Korea for the first time, the Team USA won 111-88 against Lithuania during the first match.

The USA team easily clinched the first win on August 13 at the World Basketball Challenge (WBC) at the Seoul Jamsil Stadium, with NBA stars such as Carmelo Anthony (Denver, 19 points), Dwyane Wade (Miami, 14 points), and LeBron James (Cleveland, 13 points). Having scanned the court for 18 minutes and 36 seconds, Anthony was named the MVP of the game.

Surpassing expectations that it would be a difficult game, the USA team was clearly in the lead from the beginning. Lithuania was a formidable match, having scored 94-90 against the Team USA during the preliminaries of the 2004 Athens Olympics, but on this day they were not able to display their unique organizational capacity. The US team dominated Lithuania by starting off with 18 points in the lead, and 29-11 during the first quarter. Lithuania committed 18 turnovers and was disappointing for a team fourth in world rankings.

Dunk shots were a frequent sight in this round of “Star Wars.” Having received Wade’s pass during the first minutes of the first quarter, Anthony featured an impressive alley-oop dunk shot, while during the fourth quarter James slammed down two one-handed dunk shots for a total of nine dunk shots for both teams and driving the 8,577 fans visiting the stadium during the weekend ecstatic. James attempted and failed to deliver an alley-oop dunk shot, which resulted in laughs from the audience.

To many people’s disappointment, the Team USA scored only sixth place in the World Championship in 2002 and earning a bronze medal during the Athens Olympics in 2004, but the US team aims to restore its honor at the World Championship to be held in Japan from August 19.