August 25, 2008 4 Comments
So check it out, I was one of those crazy people who stayed up until 4 AM to watch Team USA outlast a persistent Spanish team in the Men’s Basketball Gold Medal Game (see “Redeem Team’ slides past Spain, carries out mission of Olympic gold“)
I told the wife that I’d go to bed if by halftime, it was apparent that the Spanish didn’t put up a fight. Well they did. Boy, 17-year-old Ricky Rubio (Spain’s point guard, pictured right) is going to be a big star in the NBA one day. Don’t let the fact that he looks straight out of Fern Gully throw you off.
I was also surprised (like analyst Doug Collins) by Spanish guard Juan Carlos Navarro’s ability to score at will against a robust American defense.
How good is Dwayne Wade? Much better than his Converse kicks, which let him down a few times as he drove to the hole.
Team USA was impressive in its victory but still let Spain get back in it by allowing way too many open shots.
Even more impressive than watching my adopted nation regain its rightful spot at the Olympic games, was listening once more to John Tesh’s epic, “NBA on NBC” score:
The tune holds fond memories for me since the Rockets won 2 titles when NBC had the broadcast rights to the NBA.
Only thing missing from this morning’s game though, was hearing Marv Albert and Matt Goukas…