Whatever happened to the McDonald's Challenge...pitting club teams against each other, three from Europe and the NBA champ (or the team dubbed worthy to represent)? I believe the NBA went 100% in that series every year.
What's interesting is that the national team in the USA is never the strongest for the World's, but we send our better crew for the olympics. Frankly, a team of players who man-for-man are more talented than the other team doesn't mean you get the best team. USB has been getting by on its b-game for years. Yugoslavia, Argentina and Spain beat the NBA's J-V team, and that's that. We didn't care about thw World's and we weren't set to care until the team went 4-3 in Indianapolis.
I have no doubt that a team consisting of those players who were not in Indiana (namely Shaq, Kobe, AI, GP, Tim Duncan, and why the hell didn't they give C-Webb a call?) would have left any Argentine team, regardless of their "crisp passing and backdoor cuts" in the dust with a margin of victory that would befit their reputation.
The NBA is still the best league around, or Stojakovic would still be throwing up 3-balls for Jugoplastika with Divac at center, and Pau would still be sporting the blaugrana for FCB.
And Toddy, stop replying to your own posts...give us some time to chime in, buddy...geesh!