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DAY 2: Wade & Co. Crush China

Led by 19 points from Dwyane Wade, the 2008 U.S. Men’s Olympic Team (1-0) opened play with a convincing 101-70 win over host China (0-1) Sunday in front of a standing-room-only crowd of more than 18,000 fans at Wukesong Arena in Beijing, China. LeBron James contributed 18 points to the U.S. victory, followed by 13 points from both Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard.

“I’m glad we finally played. It feels like we’ve been waiting forever to play our first game here,” Wade said. “Running out on the court here, feeling the crowd roar when we came out, the emotions that were everywhere, we’re just glad to be a part of this game. China did a great job of playing very hard for their fans, too. I think the fans in China got a great show tonight.”

No player on Team USA played more than 28 minutes which just shows the depth of team USA(not to mention it was a blow out! 🙂 ) USA played dominate defense forcing 12 steals.

Yao Ming added 13 points and grabbed 10 boards for China.

Reaction from players to come!

After the game, the U.S. players were reveling in the idea of the game more than in their actual performance; the way the fans cheered for both teams, the way leaders filled the stands.
 “We made history tonight,” Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony said. “We can say that we were part of one of the biggest events in sports history…..Yeah of course we made history tonight, and I was a part of it.”

“It’s a totally different atmosphere here,” Tayshaun Prince of the Detroit Pistons said. “When you have the opportunity to see the likes of Kobe and LeBron for the first time, that’s making their world.”

Team USA does not play the internation style of basketball that most of the other teams do. Maybe our talent is just on such a greater level than all the other 12 teams?

“I’m not concerned,” Cleveland Cavs superstar LeBron James said. “We’ve just got to knock down shots. We had open looks. We’re really not used to getting looks like that but we’ve got to knock them down, simple as that.”

USA basketball has been saying all the right things. Trying to win the be the good guys in ’08 instead of the bad guys everyone booed in ’04, maybe trying to get a little home court advantage considering how big the NBA is in China.

“It was an honor for us to be in this game. I thought the Chinese team and our team both played extremely hard. I was proud of our effort,” said USA and Duke University head coach Mike Krzyzewksi. “We have great respect for the Chinese team and the Chinese people, and I thought that was displayed in the effort that we showed. It showed a great deal of respect for the level of play and the country that China is.”


One Response to “DAY 2: Wade & Co. Crush China”

  1. This was a great and fun game to watch! usa was dominate and am looking forward to watching them vs angola on the 12th! did anyone see any weaknesses on the usa side, guys?

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