World rankings mean little. We are about to turn up with our entire team healthy (with any luck), that hasn't happened before.
By the way, not many teams right now have seven NBA players, an upcoming number 1 draft pick, with four of those NBA players having NBA finals experience very recently.
And furthermore, not many teams have the kind of experience our team has and the youth that is also on their side. The Boomers are ripe.
So when you're saying "We are 11th in the world, so top 8 is still a win", I think you are being ignorant to the make up of the team we have now and the conditions that have come together. We haven't had Bogut in a major tournament since 2008, and we didn't have Patty at the 2014 worlds.
We wont be cut down at the quarters by America as has happened in the past two Olympic games.
So, excuse us all for a little optimism?
Lets all throw our hands up and declare the Olympics over for us before they even began because "other teams have NBA players" and "We're only ranked 11th, top 8 is still a win."
What Un-Australian, defeatest nonsense!
Where do you think Serbia was ranked before they came Silver in 2014, you muppet?
Serbia came out of nowhere and literally no one had them in the medal equation. They were meant to be a challenging European team, and that was it.
Fact of the matter is there are probably 8 teams with genuine medal hopes this year: USA, Spain, Lithuania, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, and probably some of the qualifiers. No one said Australia is 'guaranteed' a medal. But are we in the mix? Yes. Do we have comparable levels of talent? Yes. Should we all just lay down and die because, "Oh no! we're ranked 11th?!?" No!
So shut the fuck up basically, anonymous. You're talking loser talk and no one here wants to hear your despair.