No Kobe, no Lebron, no D-Wade, no problem.
The U.S. steam rolls to a perfect 9-0 as they win gold in the Basketball FIBA World Championship for the first time since 1994. Tournament MVP Kevin Durant led the way with 28 points in the final against Turkey hitting 7 shots from the 3-point line and he also broke the USA record for most points in a single tournament with 205.
Lamar Odom also had an outstanding game; scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds with solid defense and leadership on their way to an 81-64 victory over Turkey in the final match.
Many questioned the so-called “America’s B-team” with concerns of size and inexperience at the international level, but the athleticism of the young cast and the veteran leadership of Chauncey Billups and Lamar Odom proved to be enough to run the table in this years tournament
There was really only one game in which the U.S. was threatened to lose, a hard-fought two-point victory against Brazil. Overall, it was a dominating performance by the U.S. but most impressive was the play of Kevin Durant who really stepped up his game and proved he can lead a team at the international level.
That “B-team” name will certainly stick as in the world’s BEST team.