The US continues to disappoint regarding COVID-19, so we’ll continue to Fill The Void to give you something to do between re-watching The Office, baking bread and vacuuming your house for the 6,409,386th time.
Today: USA vs. Spain – Men’s Gold Medal Game, 2012 Olympics
The 2020 Summer Olympics were supposed to start on the 24th of this month, but since 2020 has bitch-slapped the world, we’ll be waiting until next summer. So, instead of watching hours of gymnastics, I’m taking a look at the Men’s Gold Medal Final basketball game between the USA and Spain from the 2012 Olympics in London.
Team USA was comprised of a little guy named LeBron James, who had just won his first championship as well as the NBA MVP and NBA Finals MVP, at power forward. He was joined at the position by Kevin Love and Andre Iguodala. At small forward were Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony. The point guards were Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams, and James Harden with Kobe Bryant as shooting guard. At center was Tyson Chandler and backup, Anthony Davis. Can you believe Anthony Davis was ever a backup? Me neither.
The power forwards for Spain were Pau Gasol and Serge Ibaka, small forwards were Rudy Fernández, Victor Claver, and Fernando San Emetorio. The point guards were José Calderón, Sergio Rodríguez, and Victor Sada. Shooting guards were Juan Carlos Navarro and Sergio Llull. At center, Spain had Marc Gasol and Felipe Reyes.
Looking at Team USA, you’d think this game would be a beatdown. However, Spain had other plans.
Many of the names on the Spanish team are familiar to me, but not the player who brought the offense in the first half – Juan Carlos Navarro. He played one year in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2007-08 season, but played most of his career with FC Barcelona. He scored 19 points in the first half, giving Spain a much-needed boost against the USA. Spain trailed by just one point at the half (59-58).
Pau Gasol was also a key player on this team, as he was/is on every team he plays for. His ability to run the floor and his ability to score over nearly any defender gave him 24 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists in the game.
LeBron being LeBron
Spain managed to keep up with the USA for nearly the entire game, trailing by only one point after the third quarter. James was pretty quiet throughout the game, you know, for being LeBron James and all. But he turned it on in the fourth quarter with a monster dunk, followed immediately by a 3-pointer giving the US a 102-93 advantage.
The man knows how to win a basketball game. Team USA won the game 107-100, the second-closest Olympic final ever.
- Deron Williams has a sick, behind-the-back no-look pass to Kevin Love for an easy dunk. He was really great before he was plagued with his ankle issues.
- Melo’s shot is a thing of true beauty.
- The half-time show is an incredibly impressive jump rope performance.
- Lots of random celebrities at the game – Vin Diesel (in a wifebeater), Jesse Eisenberg, and Arnold Schwarzenegger sitting with Boris Johnson (the current PM of the UK) for some reason???
- Marc Gasol looks much better with buzzcut (now).
- Kobe Bryant looks like he gave great hugs.
- Team USA had 3 players from the Oklahoma City Thunder – James Harden, Kevin Durant, and Russell Westbrook. REMEMBER WHEN THEY WERE ALL ON ONE TEAM?!
Overall, this was a great watch. This was a few years before I started really getting into basketball, so it was fun seeing players whose game I’m familiar with now play 8 years ago, and how they’ve changed. 10/10 would recommend this game from the 2012 Olympics if you’re feeling the Olympics blues.
- / 2 years ago
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