They obviously arent the best basketball players on the planet!
And yes, blame the coach:) Thats the reason! (cant understand though why he left Howard out of the game and also didnt take a timeout during the end)
Why do they call the NBA champions World champions? I think its time they change that now. There are many, many, many teams outside US that are better than some of those NBA teams. Jordan, Bird, Magic and those guys have left the game, its time you come to realise that you arent the best in the world anymore.[/quote]
Remember that the NBA is not composed of strictly American players. The best from the world still come to play in the NBA.
The United States teams are facing several things. First and foremost is a general rise in talent level around the world. There is also a drop-off in talent in American players, especially the kind that fares well under international play (styles of play are different due to rules and other issues). Beyond that, many NBA players choose to skip out on international play, as the track record of getting hurt after playing that much in the off season is extremely bad, so America hasn’t sent its best team since the Dream Team.
The previous problems are exacerbated by others, but still problems that the Dream Team faced back in the day. Note that the Dream Team would drub the current US teams in the same manner it did other countries back in the day. Just run down the rosters for a quick comparison - there is none. Yet the Dream Team still faced other problems such as:
Melding as unit to play other teams that have been together for years.
Coming up with motivation to win something you’re not paid to win when you’re getting 7, 8, or 9 figures to play in a different league.
Winning a championship in single elimination play. NBA teams are designed to win 7 game series.
The Dream Team had enough of a pure talent advantage to overcome these issues, but the current 2nd and 3rd string all-star teams the US sends are nowhere near that talent level and are facing much greater talent levels.