We’ve had a very positive preparation for the Olympics! Tomorrow we start competing! Let’s see if you like this video!youtube.com/watch?v=j1Q0H6… — Pau Gasol (@paugasol) July 28, 2012 The self-proclaimed “beast” of the London Olympics shared this 5-minute lovefest video with the world, and make no mistake — Spain is going into these Olympics supremely confident. However … Pau’s brother Marc has a bruised shoulder that kept him out of the final friendly against Team USA. Juan Carlos Navarro, the team’s best guard, has plantar
I am going to give you a Team USA gold-or-not prediction in this column, and I promise you a prediction that goes against the grain. That’s all I’ll say about that … for now. First, I’ll hand over the podium and relay a quote that could be the defining declaration concerning the London Olympics: “Let’s no longer beat about the bush. This summer’s Olympics Games are going to be a catalog of disasters. Not everything that can go wrong will go wrong.
Forget what I or any other pundit says. Here is what Deron Williams said in Manchester, England, last week after the Americans flew across the pond: “We know we can be beat.” It was a statement that was seconded by coach Krzyzewski, along with Britain coach Chris Finch, an American. That is not lip service. That is the truth – and they know it. And speaking of American coaches, there is a brilliant one on the other side of the opening round groupings.
Nominations for photo of the day are hereby declared closed. The winner is the picture below. It comes from the Facebook page of IAMAGM.com, which is a great site. These are the suits the Americans will wear when they march in the opening ceremony tonight. Apparently, we have chosen a cross between British schoolboy uniform and Catalan police garb.
Here is some video from the French Daily L’Equipe, in French, with a money quote at the end from Florent Pietrus, the brother of NBA veteran Mickael Pietrus. I am in Paris tonight, sitting next to a bilingual American musician friend who is embedded here, who translates for us: “I think it’s going to be tough for us, but I think it’s going to be tough for them as well,” Pietrus said. The French team took the Eurostar train from Paris through the
What, you thought the Americans weren’t going to be prohibitive favorites in London? Check out the odds on the Americans winning the gold medal. You have to put $8 down to win $1. You want a dark horse bet in case the unfathomable happens? Take Brazil at 40-1. In case you forgot, Brazil was ahead of Team USA for almost the entire first half of their “friendly” in Washington, D.C. less than two weeks ago. And they have the healthiest front line with
Hola from Barcelona, where Team USA defeated Spain last night by 22 points. Their Olympic opener is Sunday against France. I have been with the team for their past four games, and will be doing a live chat today at 3 p.m. EDT. You can submit your questions now.3:00Good evening from Barcelona, where it is 9 p.m. Let’s get right to it. Gonna go 90 minutes, then have an early dinner, 10:30 p.m.3:00Comment From DK What does Kevin Love have to