USA vs Venezuela

The FIBA qualifying tournament to decide which two teams of the Americas that will make an appearance in the 2008 Summer Olympics has begun. That can’t have escaped any sports fan in the U.S. Most of them seem to assume, like me, that Team USA is a given Olympic contender, based on the fact that the starting line-up consists of five of the fifteen best basketball players in the world right now, and several of the top twenty are sitting on the bench.

The two high points of the game were a series of passes that ended with a beautiful toss behind the back from LeBron to Kobe, who promptly dunked it, and something I never thought I’d hear: A sports announcer using the words “copacetic” and “reticent” in consecutive sentences.

Only Bill Walton.

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