U.S. Pan American team falls again, won’t medal

  • 07/26/2007 9:55 pm in

USA BasketballIn a not so shocking development, USA Basketball has once again failed to medal in an international basketball competition. While not as embarrassing as a group of professionals losing in the Olympics, it’s clearly not something that should be easily dismissed.

After its Wednesday night loss to world power Uruguay, the U.S. fell, 75-67, on Thursday night to another international powerhouse, Panama.

There’s no reason to link you to the boxscore since 1) It’s too painful to examine and 2) You probably don’t care anyway. For the one Pan-Am fanatic that does care, Danilo Pinnock lit us up for 23 points.

I didn’t get to watch the game since I’m not among those lucky enough to get ESPNdeportes. However, I can say with a great deal of certainty that neither of these teams had any business beating the United States. One glance over both of their rosters will tell you that.

The bright spot out of this whole fiasco is that D.J. White has played quite well throughout the course of the try-outs, practices and through the first two games. D.J. finished with 12 points and eight rebounds in the loss to Panama. White and Co. will be back in action Friday night against Argentina in their last game of the preliminary round.

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  • very depressing. i found a link posted on peegs for the games. it appears to be for all the events in the games. you even get commercials. everything is in spanish. if you know exactly when the next game will be, i think it will be on here. heres the link: http://espndeportes.espn.go.com/oly/panam07/popupVideo?s=1

  • very depressing. i found a link posted on peegs for the games. it appears to be for all the events in the games. you even get commercials. everything is in spanish. if you know exactly when the next game will be, i think it will be on here. heres the link: http://espndeportes.espn.go.com/oly/panam07/popupVideo?s=1

  • Big A

    nealE:

    Thanks for the info.

  • Big A

    nealE:

    Thanks for the info.

  • Big A

    nealE:

    Thanks for the info.

  • Bootsie White

    What does the US expect?

    Our team has been together about 20 seconds.

    Other teams have been together for years.

    We ain’t what we used to be.

  • Bootsie White

    What does the US expect?

    Our team has been together about 20 seconds.

    Other teams have been together for years.

    We ain’t what we used to be.

  • Big A

    I’d expect to be able to beat inferior teams like Uruguay and Panama. To me, these losses are unacceptable.

  • Big A

    I’d expect to be able to beat inferior teams like Uruguay and Panama. To me, these losses are unacceptable.

  • Big A

    I’d expect to be able to beat inferior teams like Uruguay and Panama. To me, these losses are unacceptable.

  • i didn’t watch a whole lot of the game, but for the parts that i did it was poor effort that cost us. drew neitzel missed 2 shots short, very short. they barely hit the rim. when dj left with foul trouble, no one would rebound. hibbert was trying, but he couldn’t deal with the physicalness of the panamanians. that’s kind of sad, honestly. he was supposed to be a lottery pick. neitzel also made 3 very lazy passes in the 10 minutes that i watched. i think the team needs to concentrate, and get up to the basket and DOMINATE. dj tried to do that, and he got in foul trouble. but we had 4 or 5 big guys. we should be able to handle 1 of them being in foul trouble.

  • i didn’t watch a whole lot of the game, but for the parts that i did it was poor effort that cost us. drew neitzel missed 2 shots short, very short. they barely hit the rim. when dj left with foul trouble, no one would rebound. hibbert was trying, but he couldn’t deal with the physicalness of the panamanians. that’s kind of sad, honestly. he was supposed to be a lottery pick. neitzel also made 3 very lazy passes in the 10 minutes that i watched. i think the team needs to concentrate, and get up to the basket and DOMINATE. dj tried to do that, and he got in foul trouble. but we had 4 or 5 big guys. we should be able to handle 1 of them being in foul trouble.

  • i didn’t watch a whole lot of the game, but for the parts that i did it was poor effort that cost us. drew neitzel missed 2 shots short, very short. they barely hit the rim. when dj left with foul trouble, no one would rebound. hibbert was trying, but he couldn’t deal with the physicalness of the panamanians. that’s kind of sad, honestly. he was supposed to be a lottery pick. neitzel also made 3 very lazy passes in the 10 minutes that i watched. i think the team needs to concentrate, and get up to the basket and DOMINATE. dj tried to do that, and he got in foul trouble. but we had 4 or 5 big guys. we should be able to handle 1 of them being in foul trouble.

  • looks like dj dominated for a 3rd straight game, this time leading the team to victory over argentina. team high 22 points and added another 7 boards. i think we can expect good things from him this year.

  • looks like dj dominated for a 3rd straight game, this time leading the team to victory over argentina. team high 22 points and added another 7 boards. i think we can expect good things from him this year.