China is expected to set a new standard for spectacle today when it kicks off the 2008 Summer Games with an opening ceremony meant to wow the world and proclaim the arrival of a new global power to be reckoned with.
Team USA’s return to the Thomas & Mack Center on Friday had a familiar look to it.
Here’s a thought: What if USA Basketball doesn’t win gold in China?
Carmelo Anthony always seems to be grinning. Whether he’s running sprints, shooting free throws or icing his knees, his expression rarely changes.
For an athlete, being on the outside looking in has to be the worst feeling in the world.
Chris Paul probably wasn’t the best person to ask about size, because the 6-footer spends most of his time on the court trying to avoid the big guys instead of trying to act like one. Besides, he’s got other things on his mind this week, including impressing Mike Krzyzewski enough to secure the backup spot to Jason Kidd as the U.S. point guard in Beijing.
International travelers know the scenario: The hapless foreigner wants to ask locals where he’ll find a bus stop, but thanks to his mangled translation, he inadvertently queries about the nearest whorehouse. Hilarity ensues, unless he’s in Pahrump or Amsterdam.
Mike Koplove was in a state of disbelief.