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A big area of concern in U.S. professional basketball is the very noticeable lack of recent victories when pitted against international competition. In the quadrennial World Championship tournament Johan Larsson Sabres Jersey , a United States team has failed to win the top prize since 1994, and in the Olympics since 2000.

In the 2006 WC competition held in Saitama, Japan, the team only managed to come in third place, winning a bronze medal. The 2004 Athens Olympics produced the same result. The 2002 Indianapolis, IN WC tournament was disastrous Kyle Okposo Sabres Jersey , as a team riven by internal conflict placed sixth, the worst showing in history by an American squad in international competition.

This situation has brought on lots of hand wringing and harsh criticism as fans and commentators have taken turns lambasting the "lazy" players for not dominating foreign competition. Not surprisingly, there is no dearth of proposed "solutions" to address the problem. The 2007 World Championship tournament to qualify for the 2008 Olympics is scheduled to be hosted by Las Vegas, NV, Aug. 22 through Sept. 2. Time will tell what will happen.

There is a consistent theme here -- the U.S. no longer enjoys a huge advantage in hoops. Long gone are the days when a group of U.S. professional players could just show up and easily batter international opponents. That era passed after the first Dream Team, led by Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan Jake McCabe Sabres Jersey , won the gold medal in the 1992 Olympics according to observers, the greatest collection of talent on one team in any sport in history. Of late, the international teams, who feature a more pass-oriented, free-flowing version of hoops, smell weakness and are very eager to heap more indignities on the heads of the American players.

This state of affairs causes many to speculate as to whether the finest basketball is actually played in the NBA. Many media commentators have indicated their preference for the European-style game. Due to the fact that American teams have been soundly beaten in international competition for most of a decade Justin Bailey Jersey , one would have to be very foolish to dismiss this notion.

Of particular significance is the fact that the team that wins the NBA championship is referred to as the "World Champion." How appropriate is that title? Shouldn't the championship team have to prove that it's the best team in the world?

Would it not be worthwhile to put together a true World Championship series between the American and Euroleague champions? The entertainment value, along with worldwide interest in such a series would be tremendous, and the games themselves would serve to settle all of the aforementioned questions regarding which side of the Atlantic the best brand of hoops is played on.

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Speaking to Xinhua on Friday during a two-day National MultiStakeholder Workshop on the African Mining Vision, Karikariexplained that job creation, especially in mining communities,would be the key economic benefits Ghana could derive from theimplementation of the project.


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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is pictured during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science in this undated photo released by North Korea’s KCNA news agency in Pyongyang yesterday. — Reuters

Norht Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered more solid-fuel rocket engines, state media reported yesterday, as he pursues nuclear and missile programs. The move comes amid a standoff with Washington, but there are signs of tension easing.


The report carried by the KCNA news agency lacked the traditionally robust threats against the United States after weeks of unbridled acrimony, and US President Donald Trump expressed optimism about a possible improvement in relations.


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