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Posted by Marc J. Spears, Globe Staff  August 10, 2008 11:42 AM

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Kobe Bryant dunks as Sun Yue of China defends. (Dusan Vranic-Pool/Getty Images)

BEIJING -- It was billed to be the most hyped up team sport event - The U.S. vs. China in men's basketball.

The stage was set between East and West.

President Bush and his father arrived 30 minutes before the game to witness the event.

During pre-game introductions the NBA all-star team called the United States received a louder reception than their own team.

Kobe Bryant got the loudest ovation of all -- even over Yao Ming, who before the game said he knew the Chinese would not win but hoped that it would be competitive.

Well after one quarter it seemed as if Yao would receive his wish when the Chinese trailed 20-16.

But Dwayne Wade scored 19 points and LeBron James added 18 as the Americans whipped the Chinese, 101-70 before an overflowing crowd at the 18,000 seat arena this morning.

The U.S. broke away with a strong second quarter to take a 49-37 lead at the half. The game was put out of reach in the third quarter after Wade's three-point play gave the Americans a 68-48 lead.

Ming finished with 13 points.

It was billed to be the most hyped up team sport event - The U.S. vs. China in men's basketball.

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30 comments so far...
  1. Well that sucks...I would love to see the USA lose in b-ball. When watching the game all i saw was a group punks playing streetball, hotdogging, etc...They are all an embarassment to this country. I hope they all go over seas and play forever.

    Posted by Dan August 10, 08 12:46 PM
  1. Well that sucks...I would love to see the USA lose in b-ball. When watching the game all i saw was a group punks playing streetball, hotdogging, etc...They are all an embarassment to this country. I hope they all go over seas and play forever.

    Posted by Dan August 10, 08 12:50 PM
  1. Dan, maybe you should go over there and live.

    Posted by Kid August 10, 08 01:44 PM
  1. What in the hell are you talking about Dan? Are you just stupid or just ignorant? Streetball? Hotdogging?


    You have no idea how great the teamwork is between the players in the US team. You have no clue at all.

    Posted by Daniel August 10, 08 01:44 PM
  1. A bunch of millionaire professional basketball players beat amateur athletes. So what? We are all citizens of the world!!!

    Posted by Ray Barrows August 10, 08 01:47 PM
  1. Dan, you're just an idiot. They won and won easily. It's great.

    Posted by Don August 10, 08 01:50 PM
  1. I think they are a fantastic representation of what the U.S. is all about. We've lost the swagger we used to take into the Olympics and we're out to get it back. And I don't think beating your opponents on the fast break OVER and OVER again to slam dunks is hot dogging, it's just called skill. Get over it, Dan.

    Posted by Samweizen August 10, 08 01:51 PM
  1. Dan = Buzzkill

    Enjoy the game. All this is for Entertainment. To Entertain. Stop being Debbie Downer.

    Posted by Ryan August 10, 08 01:54 PM
  1. I didn't watch the game because I am visiting family and they are more important than anything but I do not wish that any country loose.

    I am an American and at times I have upset with m y country but great basketball is just that, fast and illusive. Why should our country ever play down in a fair competition?

    I don't like running up the score either. (That made me a vilified coach when I asked my players to let the other team score a few more times so they didn't just get their butts kicked).

    Let the best team win and let good sportsmanship be the guiding principle.
    Stan

    Posted by Stan cooper August 10, 08 01:56 PM
  1. If you've been paying attention to the past few Olympics and World Championships, you would have noticed that Team USA has been losing a lot. That's why they've been called "The Redeem Team" this year. And it's not entirely their fault that they play the way they do. It's what sells NBA tickets and broadcast rights. So you could say it's the audience's fault. If they stayed away from games until the players focused on balanced, team-based styles, you can be sure that there would be a dramatic change in play style.

    Posted by Steve August 10, 08 02:02 PM
  1. I'm not a big sports fan. I enjoy playing basketball and I will sometimes watch a professional game or two. However, we place way too much emphasis on the physical prowess of the American jock and not enough on the mental aptitude of many young adults in our schools and universities. We cannot expect many of our athletes, who tune their minds and bodies for physical competition, to be aware of their political, moral, or ethical obligations as representatives of our great United States. Rather than seeing the millions or billions of equivalent dollars be spent on the Olympics, I'd rather see those moneys be spent on promoting the sciences and the arts. I'd rather see young adults competing in robotics or operatic performances than watch the current venue at the Olympics. I'd rather see debates concerning our world environment and how we might be able to make the earth, our agar plate of existence, a better place to live by all peoples. Let's have an Olympics among the nations on thought; a competition of our mental prowess. As I see in the Olympics today is what I expect tomorrow and in the years to come. Nations seeking bragging rights on physical triumphs and less so on mental aptitude.

    Posted by Rudy August 10, 08 02:09 PM
  1. I think it is wrong to allow professional athletes to play in the Olympics period.

    And really, how many professional athletes have you seen in recent years who were not an embarrassment to this country...

    Posted by Brad August 10, 08 02:10 PM
  1. I think it is wrong to allow professional athletes to play in the Olympics period.

    And really, how many professional athletes have you seen in recent years who were not an embarrassment to this country...

    Posted by Brad August 10, 08 02:13 PM
  1. The previous comment comes from a frusturted Chinese man. Take it easy buddy, it is just a game. US team has the best players in the planet and there is NO comparison between the two team. They just got their butts kicked. That's all.

    Posted by alec August 10, 08 02:15 PM
  1. Got a twitch there Dan? Shame on you!

    Posted by Pete August 10, 08 02:20 PM
  1. Dan, did you even watch the game? Where did you see any "streetball" or "hotdogging" not found in any other game of basketball? I thought it was a well placed and respectful game. After losing on the world stage for many years due to arrogance and lack of chemistry, I'm looking forward to seeing the return of a team game and victory. So far, so good!

    Posted by Nora P. August 10, 08 02:53 PM
  1. Dan your an idiot! By your comment I'll assume that you yern for the days of guys dribbling in circles with one hand. . . You're not a true american or a real basketball fan. How about you take the next trip overseas. and stay there

    Posted by Bdubs August 10, 08 03:22 PM
  1. Did we see the same game, Dan? Streetball? What the heck are you talking about? They played a great game and showed to be a great team (even tho they struggled a bit in the 1st half).

    I'm sick of this negativity. If they lose, you guys bash them. If they win, you guys make up excuses (i.e: they should have won by more points or they played streetball etc).

    Those guys want to win the gold as much as any other athlete and decided to give up their summers (no one forced them to go) to bring the gold medal back where it belongs. Great way to appreciate them.

    Posted by Andrew August 10, 08 03:40 PM
  1. also, how come they are an embarrassment to their country? Like I said, they gave their summer up and are really committed to win the gold medal. And they destroyed China. Not to mention that they are idolized all over the world, as you can see from the games. So, how could you even say they are an embarrassment to their country? YOU are an embarrassment to your country.

    Oh btw, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Wade, LeBron etc. are class acts, both on-and-off the court. How come you are trashing them? Do you even watch basketball at all, hater? No, you don't cuz it's so clear you hate it and you are just making up a bunch of excuses.

    Posted by Andrew August 10, 08 03:56 PM
  1. Shut up Dan

    Posted by Redneck August 10, 08 03:57 PM
  1. Bitter, table for one...

    Posted by Stephen August 10, 08 04:07 PM
  1. GO USA , WINING AT ALL FOR AMERICAM.

    Posted by Marcelino miranda August 10, 08 04:39 PM
  1. Funny, I'm a Red Sox and Celtics lovin' American born and bred citizen and was rooting for the Chinese team. All the kids over there seem to like the flashy play of Kobe Bryant, though.

    Posted by wheller August 10, 08 05:30 PM
  1. Sounds like Dan is a little bitter!

    Posted by Steve August 10, 08 05:31 PM
  1. Most sports in the Olympics were off limits for professional players in the past and we had to rely on college players to represent the US. Its really a shame that a US team didn't play or win. Those that did play represented themselves, not the US. To me they represent all that is bad and shameful about sports in America today. There is still time for this group of moral losers to get what they deserve and true sports to triumph. But that would be bad for business......

    Posted by Geoff Carson August 10, 08 06:11 PM
  1. Who writes this stuff? Basketball was invented in Canada, McGill University to be exact by James Naismith.

    Posted by bobsmartca August 10, 08 06:21 PM
  1. Didn't see the game, but the result is expected.
    However, Bush is our president.
    Doesn't he have more important things to do?

    Posted by Dan August 10, 08 06:56 PM
  1. That does not suck Dan............I support all of our teams.
    You should go over seas and play forever.

    Posted by Dale August 10, 08 07:00 PM
  1. For many of the players on the Chinese Olympic b-ball team (and in China) NBA players like Bryant, Wade, James are considered to be idols. I think one of the announcers mentioned that Bryant jersey's sell better than Yao Ming jerseys in China. It was incredible to see Bryant mobbed by Chinese fans yesterday. At the same time, NBA players were ecstatic for Yao Ming who fired the opening 3 pointer. The rivalry may have been extremely lopsided in this game but good sportsmanship was all around. Although the Chinese team lost this game, everyone came out a winner.

    Posted by Tom Brady August 11, 08 11:05 AM
  1. Ray Barrows, I have to correct you..team USA didn't beat a bunch of amateur. All the teams competing in the basketball tournament (and in several other sports for that matter) are professional teams filled with professional players (just think to Yao Ming and Yi Jinlien, who are NBA players and play on the chinese team). So, they beat professional players, not amateurs.

    but really, get real people. Amaterusim in the Olympics died a long time ago. Most of the athletes in the Olympics games are professionals and they are the very best at their respective sports (just think to Federer and Nadal who will compete in the tennis tournament, for instance)

    Posted by Andrew August 11, 08 01:12 PM
 

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