September 4, 2002 in Indianapolis; it was the day when basketball will never be the same again. It was the day for the first time a USA team with NBA players was beaten, by non other than Argentina.
Almost two years later both sides met again in the Athens Olympic semi-final match. This time the Americans brought the likes of Tim DUNCAN, Allen IVERSON, Stephan MARBURY and future stars Le Bron JAMES and Carmelo ANTHONY. But the result was still the same and Argentina went on to create sporting history by winning the gold medal.
Now both sides will meet again today. From what I've read this is what the Americans really wanted.
The Americans have learned their lesson and they have accepted that this is no longer their game. They are on a mission to restore their pride and dignity. Judging by the results they have been getting, they are clearly on their way.
I'm not throwing the towel just yet because surprises do happen in life. Clearly our boys will have to be at their very best against the "Redeem Team". On paper the possibility is there, at least.
Manu GINOBILI and Luis SCOLA are wreaking havoc on opponents, Andres NOCIONI providing his usual toughness on both ends of the floor and Pablo PRIGIONI distributing the ball, coming up with the occasional steal and hitting the odd three-pointer. They've also got a lift from Carlos DELFINO from the bench.
But having the personnel may not be enough. Argentina must avoid making unnecessary turnovers that will USA to get some easy basket. The defense and offense has to be tightened up. Perhaps some luck on their side a well.
It will be match fill with high emotions and intensity. Logics aside, my heart is with Segio HERNANDEZ and his boys to play the game of their life.
Tip off time will start at local hours 2215 hours. Vamos La Selección!!! VAMOS ARGENTINA!!!