- Team USA wrapped up their third game today. Competing against Brasil and reruns of Home Improvement, Roseanne, Frasier, and Hawaii Five-O, Team USA escaped with a 70-68 victory over Brasil. Tomorrow the team gets an actual day off before facing two teams in consecutive days that are virtual days off. The team has fared well thus far, with impressive stompings of Croatia and Slovenia, before a less-than-stomping performance over Brasil. Brasil was expected to be their first challenge, but without Denver bigman Nene and a gimpy Anderson Varejao, the contest was suppose to be easier than a few last-second misses away from overtime. Derrick Rose’s production has fallen right inline with the team success. Rose had a strong first game, Team USA won by 28 points. Rose had a slightly less impressive second outing, Team USA won by 22 points. Rose had an all around sloppy game and made some poor decisions, but showed some moments of magic, Team USA won by two points. Overall, he is averaging nine points, three assist, and almost four rebounds in about 24 minutes a game. While these numbers may seem paltry, the international game only has ten minute quarters and Team USA has a roster that can go 10-12 deep every game. It is still a far cry from the triple double NB expected Rose to offer throughout the tournament.
- Luol Deng, thumbing his nose at the staycation, recently took a break from basketball to take a ritzy vacation in Sudan. Apparently, Deng beat the hell out of the Ukraine (A team not even good enough to make the FIBA Championships. In comparison, Lithuania, whose GDP does not even equal a new basketball, made the friggin’ Championships.), before flying to the Sudan to beat the hell out of some refugees (which is difficult, seeing as hell is the only thing they have left). Then he headed over to a cutting-edge jam session by some local artists armed with a knock-off Casio, singing a tune proclaiming that Deng is “not a fool.” (And yes, they rhymed it with “school.”) Finishing up, Luol yelled at some kids through a megaphone. In the end, it looks like someone knows how to spend the dog days in style.
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