Team USA should fight for bronze
With Argentina's 89-81 Olympic victory over the United States men's basketball team Friday, the gold medal dreams of Larry Brown & Co. have ended.
Over the next 24 hours, we'll hear it all ... again. The echo chamber is about to get deafening.
They needed Kevin Garnett, Jason Kidd and Kobe Bryant.
They needed better shooters to break down the zone.
They needed a real point guard to run the offense.
They needed more practice time.
They needed more international experience.
They were too young.
They were too small.
They didn't play LeBron enough.
They played [insert name here] too much.
The officiating weas terrible.
I agree with most of the arguments. There are fundamental flaws in how USA Basketball put this team together. (Next Monday, Insider will get more in-depth on how the powers-that-be at USA Basketball and the NBA can turn this thing around.)
But all the excuses hide the one truth that was exposed Friday -- Argentina was the better basketball team.
To continue reading this article you must be an Insider
We see that you are not an ESPN Insider. Upgrade today and gain access to our exclusive coverage.
MORE OLYMPICS HEADLINES
- Durant, USA pull away from Spain to win gold
- Clippers' Paul has successful surgery on thumb
- Schmitt back to school after Olympic stardom
- Olympian Raisman, Poland Spring sign deal