Kerr: This isn’t 1992 anymore
John Bryan Ulanday – The Philippine Star
September 10, 2023 | 12:00am
MANILA, Philippines — For the second straight edition, the mighty, ever-formidable and once untouchable Team USA will settle for a consolation at the other side of the world.
It may be shocking and revealing up to the point of a need to press the panic button. But for head coach Steve Kerr, it’s the natural evolution of the world basketball landscape today – and the revolution of the rest of the world against the basketball superpower.
“The game has been globalized over the last 30 years or so. These games are difficult. This isn’t 1992 anymore,” said Kerr in the aftermath of an earth-rattling 113-111 loss of Team USA to Germany Friday to crash out of the FIBA Basketball World Cup semifinals at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“The players are better all over the world and teams are better. It is not easy to win a World Cup or the Olympic games.”
Kerr was referring to the 1992 USA Dream Team, led by Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, which lorded it over the world by an average winning margin of almost 44 points to win the Olympics.
Since then, the USA still has been a consistent force in the Olympics, except for a bronze-medal finish in the 2004 Athens Games. The World Cup is a different story though as Team USA failed to advance to the gold medal match for the second straight time after bowing out in the quarterfinals of the 2019 edition in China.
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