Look for USA victory at hoop World Championships
In an increasing number of quarters it has become conventional wisdom that the rest of the world has caught up with the United States in basketball. In my view that’s nonsense, but given the dismal 6th place showing at the 2002 World Championships and the debacle at the 2004 Olympics in Greece, one can understand why folks would consider the international playing court to now be level. I attribute those poor showings to a combination of weak and/or poorly constructed squads, mediocre coaching and insufficient preparation time. None of those factors will be present in 2006 and 2008.
I’d predict a landslide, but the rules of FIBA — particularly the chipshot trey — tend to minimize the difference between teams rather than reveal it.