2012 Olympics Proved That European Basketball > US
The 2012 Olympics clearly proved that European basketball is MUCH better and superior to US basketball.
A team of 12 NBA all stars, including some of the best NBA players ever, could only beat Lithuania by 5 points and only beat Spain by 7 points in an elimination game.
We are talking about single individual European countries that only have 2-5 great European players.
Lithuania with basically just Kleiza that is one of the best European players, as Jasikevicius is way past his prime and was the third string point guard of Panathinaikos in Greece. But if you want to count him then you can.
Valanciuna, at the moment, would not even be in the top 10 of Euroleague centers, and maybe not even top 20-30.
Spain with Pau, Ibaka, Navarro, Marc...that's just 4 great European players, as Fernandez isn't at the level of the best Euroleague players even. But if you want to count him, I won't argue.
So, teams with 2-5 of the higher level European players seriously almost beat Team USA, even when Team USDA played at their best (USA played harder against Spain than in any other game in years).
Now just imagine what kind of a team all of Europe could put together.......
etc., etc., I can put together at least 2 teams, and maybe even 3 teams of players at the top European levels..
You could easily field any kind of team of 12 you wanted to. Keep in mind, you would have a team that is VASTLY superior to Spain.
If USA ever had to play a unified Euroepan team they would get absolutely destroyed. Murdered, massacared.
Hell, I think even if you made just a Team USA versus Euroleague match up (not allowing any European NBA players), the Euroleague selection would be MUCH MUCH MUCH stronger than teams like Lithuania and Spain are.
The NBA is very clever in how they market the Olympics to be "NBA versus the world", or "NBA versus Europe", to make this fantasy nonsense that the NBA is the superior league.
When in truth, they NEVER play against a EUROPEAN selection. Just against single individual countries. And even Greece beat their top A team once in 2006 in an elimination game, with not the best players from Europe, but just a few of them, like Diamantidis, Spanoulis, Papaloukas..........
If Team USA had to play against a unified European selection - they can't stay within 30 points.
If Team USA had to play against a Euroleague selection, they would lose the important elimination games when it mattered.
Because if you took a team of 12 of the top Euroleague players, they would be way better than teams like Spain and Lithuania are.
The fact of the matter is, that if anyone actually objectively analyses and breaks down the difference, you can see that the actual truth is that European basketball is superior to American basketball.
And even that the best Euroleague players are better than the best NBA players.
This tournament convinced me 100% that the Euroleague is the real top league in the world, and not the NBA.