In the 2012 Olympics, Team USA was bludgeoning the competition to the tune of an average margin of victory of 32 points per game. So far at the Rio games, Team USA Basketball has looked less impressive than the green Olympic diving pools.
In their last two games, they squeaked past France and Serbia by a combined total of six points. Sure, the world is catching up, but this Coach K led squad has been a total dud so far. At this point, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if they got bounced in the medal round. So, what’s the issue?
Following their latest lackluster effort, Paul George took, what appeared to be, a passive aggressive shot at Coack K, saying he felt the team had “trust issues.”
Today in The Herd, Colin said, there is one glaring difference between the recently dominant USA Basketball teams and this one, and his name is LeBron James.
“We do know this much. LeBron’s not here. That’s what we know. You can tell me all the excuses. LeBron’s not here. Because let me give you the margins when LeBron was here. In 2008, LeBron was on the team, they won by 27.8 points on average. The following time LeBron was on the team they won by 32 points on average. That was against better international teams.”
Doug Gottleib of CBS Sports was in studio, and agreed with Colin that LeBron’s presence is missed because he commands the respect he commands and demands from his teammates.
“It shows you how great LeBron James is. There’s no true Alpha among these Alpha’s.”