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August 14, 2006



Two headlines:

1. Basketball was invented by a CANADIAN

2. CANADIAN is not spelled CANADIEN

Wake UP!!!!

"Basketball has kept kids from gangs, drugs and man other demons" While this may or may not be true, many athletes in every sport (including basketball) have taken many drugs. A good portion of my high basketball school team smoked weed (amoung other things) and havent a few NBA players been banned from the league for drug use. Didnt Chris Anderson get "banned" for 2 years for using like crack or LSD or something (and that was last year). As far as the gangs go, there have been man kids who have been victims of gang violence while playing basketball and this is especially prevelent in the inner city. I dont know what other demons you speak of but basketball like any other sport is not all peaches and cream. I live it/ love it but its just like anything else. It can be used for good or bad but at the end of the day its just a game.


Of course Team USA doesn't HAVE to win, they just SHOULD win. We SHOULD win not because we invented the game, but because we have the best players. While the world has closed the gap dramatically from the 1992 Dream Team, our talent level still surpases that of every other country by a good margin. That is why it was such a shock that we lost in 2002 and 2004. We learned that the international game is different, that the world took it more seriously than we did, that the talent gap had diminished a lot and that a team with good talent that plays together as a team can beat an All-Star team. That doesn't change the fact that the US still has the best players and that if they play good team basketball, they SHOULD win and we SHOULD be THE dominant team (though maybe not as dominant as we have been) for years to come.

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