Your Black World: Carmello Anthony and Crew Have a Fight Ahead

August 8, 2008

The best USA Basketball team in eight years is the result of previous mistakes in judgment. Over the preceding three major international competitions, the American men have failed to win an Olympic or world championship gold medal because they lacked shooting, chemistry and preparation time together.

That’s why managing director Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski have made zone-busting shooting the priority while assembling a team of stars capable of helping one another. The team’s enhanced training schedule of the last three years has emphasized the importance of the mission.

“Because of the work that was done by Colangelo, Krzyzewski and everyone else, now we have the feeling that the Americans will win this time,” said Ettore Messina, the coach of Euroleague champion CSKA Moscow and a former coach of the Italian national team. “We are back to the way it was 10 years ago. I am not saying this team is like the one you had in 1992, but it is very close to that. We feel that you are much more serious this time than you were in recent years. So now people [competing against Team USA] are back to thinking about second place again, and this will help the Americans.”

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