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Hello and welcome to the Manchester Arena. We have a great atmosphere

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and a full house for a basketball match between USA and Great Britain.

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Great Britain are on the return to the Olympic arena for the first

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time since 1948 and as part of their preparations for the Games

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they are taking on the best team in the world. Six members of USA

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Olympic roster won gold medals in Beijing and the squad is packed

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full of NBA All-Stars. Quite simply, this is the 2012 version of

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basketball's dream team. What does it mean to you to be in

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the UK ahead of the Games? looking forward to it thoroughly.

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It will be great for us. It is great to represent your country.

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You know, the NBA season does not matter right now. It is about how

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we focus as a group and get our goal. It is the beauty of the

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Olympics, I am really looking forward to it. It is fun, you have

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the best athletes in the world and you get off on it. What about the

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British team? Luol Deng? I know a couple of guys from their team.

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You know, I think it will be a fun game. We play them and see what the

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atmosphere is like. Basketball as a game where any given team can win

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on the night. Some of the best teams in the country get upset on

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any team in the night. We have to make sure we have to stay on top of

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it and bring it. Our biggest story is our next opponent and right now

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it is Great Britain. I know those guys have been working hard and

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waiting for us to come, to come here. Who do you think other teams

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that can possibly stop you from getting the goal? Anybody, you know.

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If we don't come out focused with the execution, you can be beaten. I

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like a group of guys, I like a focus, we will see what happens.

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are immensely excited about seeing some of the superstars around the

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world at Great Britain. We can't wait to see Luol Deng in action

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tonight up against the best of American, Luol Deng signing only

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group -- a lucrative contract for Chicago Bulls. LeBron James, one of

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the superstars for the States alongside the likes of Kevin Durant,

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guys who we have only seen on television. We are going to see

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them in person today. I have a superstar alongside me, John MDG,

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Commonwealth medallist for England and a former NBA star yourself. It

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is one of those special nights. How far has Great Britain basketball

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come since the days that you were winning medals at the Melbourne

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Games? What is amazing is that when I won a long time ago a medal with

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England there wasn't even a Great Britain team. We didn't have this

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kind of star power on the floor for Great Britain SOCA leaps and bounds,

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it is amazing. To be able to see for the fans here, the superstars

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from the NBA, Luol Deng but also the guys on the 2012 Dream Team,

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that is a real pleasure for everyone who is here in Manchester

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tonight? Yes, I have been talking to people in the stands and it is a

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huge inspiration to witness this kind of game, to see not only of

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the amazing stars of the USA team but watch how far the GB team has

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come. The gap that we are going to see, we are likely to see tonight,

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between Great Britain and the USA. This is the problem. GB has come a

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long tremendously but we still have a lot of work to do and the fact is

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the USA has had years and years in advance so they are the pinnacle

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right now. There are not many teams in Europe that come close and we

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are not at the head of the pack in Europe as yet. If you were sitting

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at home, who are the players you would like to see tonight, who you

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think are the special players in the world? Without a doubt for GB

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you're looking at Luol Deng, who is going to be outstanding. But for GB,

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people should be watching to see who else can step up. Who do you

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think? I think Nate Reinking has to. They beat him to augment what Luol

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Deng can do. People are talking about the American team at St --

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and saying that Kobe Bryant could give the dream team of 1992 a run

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for its money. Some people raised their eyebrows. I had a word with

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some Perkins, who was a member of that auspicious early dream team

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and he is not sure if they are at that level yet but they are

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remarkable. The real question is do they play as 12 individuals, or do

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they play as one amazing team? has been one of the criticisms

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about USA teams in the past, that they are all individuals,

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superstars on their own, so to gel is not that easy. That is the thing.

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It is one of the problems the USA has had. They don't often get

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defeated but when they don't play well it is when they play as

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individuals. If they can come together even then this Olympics

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they will be hard to beat. Thank you, you will commentate and

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alongside you is Mike Carlson, our resident expert in American sports.

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Good evening. Good evening. It is a jam-packed seen. Just a few short

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years ago it was an open question whether Great Britain's basketball

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team would claim their place as the host nation for London 2012 and how

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things have changed. They have made their way for the tournament and

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they are fresh from impressive performances against Portugal,

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Spain and France. They UC Chris Finch, who has taken the team and

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awful long way in the past three years. As John is fighting through

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the crowd to join us now, we are saying what a good job Chris Finch

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has done in elevating this team in the past four or five years.

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certainly has. Nobody was counting on this team doing anything at all.

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Now, all of a sudden, they are up here. We have seen remarkable games,

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not least with Spain recently, so they have really been doing a

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fantastic job. To put that into perspective, Spain at the last

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Olympics played a very good game and took the USA right to the end

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of that tournament. Britain did the same thing with the Spanish last

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week. That is right. I don't think it quite tells us that Great

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Britain is up to the level of USA when they are playing well but the

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fact is Spain did hold USA tour two point game and has been the USA in

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the past at world championships so they have proven, high-quality

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competition and for GB to be able to play one consistent game, that

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is something we will talk about in this game, can she be do it in more

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than just fits and spurts? He had a shot at Mike Krzyzewski earlier,

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very interesting that a coach from college would due to them.

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reason, the popular reason out there that we have college coaches

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coaching these dream teams is that it is the college mentality of

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bringing a group of talented people together to play as a team that is

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required in order to succeed in European competition and in this

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kind of Olympic competition as well. They used see the Great Britain

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starting five out there, Nate Reinking, Mike Lenzly, Luol Deng,

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Joel Freeland and Pops Mensah-Bonsu. That will be the fight. The key is

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how that backwater can play, how the two guards than before. Yes, we

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saw yesterday, the US women's team put on great pressure in the back

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court of GB and we will see a copy of that today. It is how Great

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Britain handles the pressure, if they can break the press and make

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smart decisions that is going to be their success. For the US it is

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almost a small bald line up. Tyson Chandler will be the centre of the

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two forwards, LeBron James and Kevin Durant, they are small

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forwards. Kobe Bryant, the shooting guard, Deron Williams as well. --

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Deron Williams. They can do almost anything, they will not be many

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switches. It is an immensely talented group of athletes who have

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great skills. How likely is it that Great Britain and indeed a lot of

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the teams that the US played -- will play in the Olympics will

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plague defence against the I think they will. Maybe a couple

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of Olympics ago zone defence confused the Americans, they did

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not see it. Alone -- there is a legal defence, to prevent their own

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defence. Now they are used to it, they have college coaches making

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them aware of the zone. You saw Pops Mensah-Bonsu, a little chest

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but with LeBron James, he has one of the four players with the NBA

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It is Freeland underneath. Freeland puts Britain in front. A great

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The British are breaking. That will be a foul on Durant. I don't think

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that was intentional. Pops Mensah- Bonsu was under the basket for the

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layout. He stumbled over. It is surprising to see this being

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allowed by the USA. They have to get a man back. It is surprising to

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This is a tough match for RGB. Durant stuff sit through. A great

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Williams, three. That is to open, to open for the shooters the USA

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has. You can't leave them open on Pops Mensah-Bonsu driving to the

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Hook, foul does he went in. Good impressing driving down the lane,

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the defence is a step too late. It was just a swipe of the arm. Kobe

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Five fouls and you are out of the game in the international

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basketball game. The NBA give you six. It makes all the difference.

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 66 seconds

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You should know. You use all six of Kobe Bryant goes up for the shop.

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You see the spin move baseline, arm off, superstars going to get away

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with that. Once again, I think the defence is going to be crucial. Can

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they get that to them quickly enough to stop those 111 please?

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has to like the poor movement they have shown. It has been lovely. The

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ball Burghley -- barely touching Kobe Bryant's father, Jelly Bean,

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played in Europe for years and It is just token pressure to slow

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the offence. Doing a really good job, James, not allowing GB to get

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an easy pass. Durant anticipated the past two Deng, knocked it away.

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That is going to be another sub- plot, how often will they be able

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to get the ball to Luol Deng. game-plan must involve keeping him

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They extended themselves past the 24-second Clarke, you only have 24

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seconds to shoot the ball. That is a telling sign. They are already

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playing enough to cause shot clock violations. They have not really

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turned the screws yet. And it is a shame, because Freeland had what he

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wanted. Andrew Lawrence has come into the game for Great Britain,

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The ball goes out of bounds, to Great Britain. We said in the

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introduction, are the USA going to play as an outstanding team or as

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individuals? In the early plays, it was an outstanding team, but these

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last couple of shots, one-on-one efforts, more like a bunch of

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Rankin hits for the three! Nice penetration. Really good job of

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As it is going to be blocking foul. Well, Joel Freeland was trying to

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draw and a sense of foul there. cannot sh see his feet to see

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whether he was inside the circle or not. The half circle on the floor

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that you can say, inside it is automatically a block. Just

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sweeping round that circle now to The USA, not the kind of start that

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they would have expected, more akin to what we saw yesterday with the

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GB women's team. It was when the second unit came in for the West

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that they started playing as a team. The frightening part here, when you

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look at the USA, their second unit is as good as anybody else's first

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He spun left, he spun right, and he hits the two. The defence was not

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bad, in fairness, but really impressive feat. Deron Williams

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just schooled Andrew Lawrence. What Kobe Bryant here. He got

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everybody's head turning, leaving him with a relatively uncontested

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jump shot. If you watch Kobe Bryant, that is a shot he makes a lot.

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Oscott four or five inches on rank Was that a shot or was it a pass?

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At the end of the day, he will take The second time we have seen that

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cannot play into the middle, GB after the care of. Swatted away by

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Tyson Chandler! The thing is, although it is spectacular to put

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the ball out of bounds like that, the reality is that getting into

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the heart of the defence, it is going to cause good things as long

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as they make the shot or pass out. Chandler takes the opportunity to

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go to the bench. Carmelo Anthony is Pabst takes advantage and goes in

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for the score. The split the Double team on the baseline, did a great

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job. He took that extra European staff. We have got three players

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that we could call small forwards A great fast break finished by Pops

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Mensah-Bonsu! Good job again, GB taking advantage. So great that you

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have got Luol Deng on the floor, he Pops Mensah-Bonsu came in for the

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steel, and he will get called for Highlight the aggressive play, but

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you have to be careful with the reaching end. -- I like. The USA

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Basketball brings us together, it is great to come down and see this.

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I have been into basketball or my life, it is a great opportunity.

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could see when Kobe Bryant was pulling out some of his tricks, you

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were getting out of your seat, are you a big fan? The athleticism is

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great to watch. We know that Manchester is the home of football,

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the two best sides in the country here, but what about the two best

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basketball sides here? We are just lucky people, I am sure everybody

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in this crowd is, a great opportunity to come down and see

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this. Football is one of the main sports, but we will get a chance to

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see a lot of different sports over the coming months. Back to work on

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Monday, we have got a chance to watch some great basketball. Let's

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and back to Mike and John. I love seeing football players wearing

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basketball hats! It looks out of place somehow. It is interesting

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that you watch football players, a completely different type of

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athlete, tiny! And you are what, 6 ft 8? Maybe I don't count! We saw

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GB taking advantage of mistakes by the USA defence, really porous.

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Pops Mensah-Bonsu splitting the defence for the dunk. We need more

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of those easy baskets. Kobe Bryant playing some great events at there,

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on the smaller players, but I'm sure the US must have been talking

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about stopping Britain getting the quick passes and breaks. Yes,

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nobody here was calling the idea that it would be Great Britain

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leading the USA in terms of fast break points. That is something

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they have to do something about, because I imagine they will try to

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A foul before Pops Mensah-Bonsu swatter that one away. Foul called

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Dan Clark is going to come in and replace Joel Freeland. What you

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have with Joel Freeland, he is mobile, he can get up and down the

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floor. We saw him receiving the ball from Luol Deng. Now we have to

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see if they can maintain that fees. LeBron James, his Miami heat took

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the NBA title, it seems like just a week ago. The way the season went,

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the truncated season we have had, 60 games instead of 80, or

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compressed together, it seems like everything just ended. I imagine if

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you are plain, it feels like it's just ended. Maybe a week's back --

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The Deng, it does not bother him, and he tries through, and

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Surprise in to see this really Good ball moment, Durand, three

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points. Amazing passing, lovely to see, that is what the young players

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Deng hits! Really good ball moment, That is going to be on Lawrence for

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bonding Chris Paul. The US line-up, basically two point guards and

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three small forwards. Now we are getting a substitution. Lawrence is

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out. Kevin Love, you know, big by most definitions, and Andre

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Iguodala, they are both in. Driving right down the middle, not really

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the best pursued by Kevin Durant, and certainly no help from the

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If you want a prediction, Iguodala is going to pick up Luol Deng.

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Yeah! He is known for being able to defend any player on the court.

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Chris Paul makes the second. We are Westbrook knocked it away, and GB

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will keep possession. That pressure was not a press, it is simply heavy

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Carmelo Anthony gave Dan Clark a um band took the ball away from him.

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Iguodala slams at home. That is where the USA is great, getting the

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turnovers in the open floor for the easy twos, a mirror image of what

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You can see Chris Finch screaming at the referee about the chest bump

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on Dan Clark, he is saying, you called it when it happened in the

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middle of the court. One of the eternal frustrations of players and

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coaches, you do not always get equal calls on both sides. And this

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is just a great fast break. You see, I mean, again, for players watching,

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every player does not feel the need to put the ball on the floor, they

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get it, they look for the next open The ball moves faster through the

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air than it does Underwood. One of those messages you wish that teams

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would understand. Get it moving through the air, you get the easy

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buckets. Kyle Johnson has come into the game for Great Britain. He has

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had 21 points against Portugal, 18 against Lithuania. Chris Finch is

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rotating his guards, try to find a combination which will give them

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what they need to sustain the work It goes inside to Carmelo Anthony

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for an easy hook. Again, just floating around the baseline, an

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Pops Mensah-Bonsu was fouled as the hit the bottom of the backboard.

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His unconventional underneath, you see the Pope fake, there, and if he

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had not been fouled, he was too far under the basket to make that shot.

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Sometimes, in the heat of the moment, he cannot resist reaching

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Kieron Achara and Robert Archibald are both losing out on the side.

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Luol Deng will get a little bit of a break with just two minutes to go

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in the period. Again, I cannot imagine he is going to get too many

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breaks. I know this is technically an exhibition game. It is one of

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the classic things you do, give him an extra couple of minutes between

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periods. Instead of taking him out for four. You get the break at the

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end of the court as well. Now the question for GB, without that kind

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of pivotal person on the floor who has been taking a lot of defensive

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attention, can everyone else step And Pops comes out after making a

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shots, Archibald, second generation The pass goes straight out of

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bounds. Iguodala, kind of like, what was that? Yes, the same

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movement against the zone that got Chris Paul commits a foul. That

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will send to Kyle Johnson to the line. A really good job by GB,

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maintaining their composure. Despite the fact they are not

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really firing on all cylinders in terms of their offence, it is still

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fits and starts, they have had great individual efforts by Pops,

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Mensah-Bonsu and Luol Deng. They haven't had that storm moment that

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the women had yesterday. That is the big difference between the men

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Anthony's hence it -- Anthony Slams They are so quick. Russell and

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Achara looking for some help now. There is a tug going through.

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tell you what, USA picking up their defence, GB catching the ball

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further and further out of bounds. We see this, the first dunk.

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watch this, this is just There is no shame with the dunk at

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this level of basketball. People think this is a moment that should

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stay with you forever. The truth is if you have never been dumped on

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you were not playing at a high The USA have slowed down for the

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It is Anthony, for three. I don't think exactly what you would have

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called coach drawing up destroying up the play, rather a pass for an

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exceptional shot on the wing but still did the trick, pushed the

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lead ahead. Anthony's three. To Exit 33-20 at the end of the first

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period and it was that collapse in the last couple of minutes when the

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pressure came up. It is exactly right, we talked about it and we

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may have jinxed it, the fact is they had that collapse and they

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can't afford this in the second quarter. Let's go to the courtside.

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We have more guests. Thank you, Mark. The USA stretching their lead

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at the end of the first quarter. The two guys are big basketball

:34:09.:34:14.

fans and have been watching a game alongside me. You guys met in

:34:14.:34:20.

Melbourne. That is how you became friends? Yes, we met at a festival,

:34:20.:34:24.

the Future Music Festival in Melbourne and stayed in contact and

:34:24.:34:30.

we have been out a few times and got to know each other well. Harry,

:34:30.:34:33.

2006, Commonwealth champions, Australia. This is a game you

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considered taking up? No, I am missing one or two in the

:34:39.:34:43.

department. I am a massive and fan, I love watching it. I'd want a

:34:43.:34:48.

chance to watch a live game in -- at Christmas. My team played in

:34:48.:34:52.

Chicago which I was happy with. I am just a fan watching the sport.

:34:52.:34:57.

week and a half until the Olympic Games, this is a taster. What are

:34:57.:35:01.

you expecting when the Olympics come to the country? For this sport

:35:01.:35:05.

for the hall? General. It will be massive it. There will be traffic

:35:05.:35:12.

jams but... Is that the only thing you can think about?! Hopefully I

:35:12.:35:17.

can get down to a few events. It is great to see his great sportsman in

:35:17.:35:21.

the country doing the stuff they are greater. It will be great,

:35:21.:35:30.

thank you for talking to us. Traffic jams! Traffic jams, is that

:35:30.:35:34.

what you are looking forward to in the Olympics? I am very glad that

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where I am staying is very close to the Olympic Park. The second

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quarter coming up now. Britain down by 13 after playing quite well for

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probably 80 out of the ten minutes. There is Luol Deng, coming back on

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court. What can they do to try to slow down the US attack? It is the

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turnovers. This is some of the outstanding player. You split the

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Double team. This is when GB was at their best, running the floor,

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forcing the USA to take their chance. They were penetrating with

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Deng. Uncontested to the basket, almost unheard of. In the season he

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has just played he will not have had shots like this wide-open.

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Deng, right in front of our position. Starting the second

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:36:33.:36:50.

It is Carmelo Anthony. With the Pops, but the -- Pops, but there is

:36:50.:36:55.

a foul called. This is the problem. How do you cope with the pressure

:36:55.:36:58.

in the back court? It has been one of the weaknesses of Great Britain

:36:59.:37:03.

basketball, not just this Great Britain team. Finding point guards

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especially, guards who can handle this kind of intense pressure and

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get the ball into the attack zone. We have had this second quarter

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running, GB has not been able to get the basketball into the attack

:37:18.:37:28.
:37:28.:37:55.

We saw the beard again. I love it. Harden has been growing it since

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GB needs to maintain their composure. So get the run that is

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happening to them. -- forget the run. Try to break it and a good

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:38:28.:38:33.

Chris Paul off the front of the ring. A great rebound by Russell

:38:33.:38:43.
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Harden takes the pass from Paul and don't sit through. -- and dunks it

:38:55.:39:05.
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It is amazing, Luol Deng, he can't do it on his own. He can't take the

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ball into his hands and fight against five people. He needs the

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rest of his team to stay put. Britain have taken a time out. Luol

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Deng was talking to the referees as he came off and we are about to see

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Anthony Davis come on for the US, the only player on the US team who

:39:37.:39:47.
:39:47.:39:47.

has not played in the NBA. Of course, he was the first overall

:39:47.:39:51.

track man on the NBA. He is a replacement for Great Britain,

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people are quite disappointed that he is not here but it is good to

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see fresh talent that is going to be plying their trade in the NBA

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next year. Only 19 years old, the youngest player on the court.

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Frightening to think they have such amazing depth. Let's go back to the

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point we made coming out of the first quarter. What does Great

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Britain do against the pressure? They did not do anything to change

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what had been happening in the last two minutes of the first quarter.

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What is frustrating me and will be frustrating Chris Finch, the coach,

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is the idea they are being trapped in the same place every single time.

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It is very tempting for players when they are under pressure to

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turn their back but if you do that against a defence that is over. The

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moment you turn your back, there pressure will get you and you can't

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see the floor to see -- to make a good pass. Think back to last night

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when the US put pressure on the British women, Amy steward came up

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from the back quarter, came across the half line and they may be easy

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passage time. Exactly right. The thing that is hurting G B is they

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are -- is the turnovers are happening so quickly and the

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transition is quick, they can't stop that easy break points.

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crowd are being entertained during that time out was Great Britain

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trying desperately to get their moment back as they have fallen

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behind by 17. There is the great Britain's women team that we're

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talking about. They did a great job last night. I was really pleased to

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see the development of that programme. Nice to see she has let

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:41:43.:42:00.

In and out. For GB that is the kind An ice feed into Luol Deng, he puts

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it through for an easy two. -- a Dan Clark hits. This is what

:42:28.:42:38.
:42:38.:42:42.

Britain needs. Big forwards hitting Clark is mobile, big. Archibald

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drew a foul. Iguodala running into him as he came across the middle.

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Archibald took position, went down and drew the offence. Archibald as

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in the middle. You see it here, smart play. It is not pretty but it

:42:58.:43:08.
:43:08.:43:23.

This game is not non-contact. fate high into the air and Druze a

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foul. Harden knew he had been faked or stock yes, make sure that Deng

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did not have anything easy. You see how Deng moves forward. Make sure

:43:40.:43:46.

he draws the contact. The reality years, we mentioned earlier, if

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Luol Deng is going to spend an entire Olympic tournament working

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this hard for almost every point it is going to be exhausting. If you

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look at the team's the debt to -- if you look at the depth of teams

:43:59.:44:04.

like the USA, Argentina, Spain, even Turkey, they do rely on one

:44:04.:44:14.
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person. -- they don't rely on one It doesn't look like the USA

:44:38.:44:44.

offences running smoothly. There is a little -- whistle, Deng went up

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and Harden has drawn another foul. A slap on the elbow. It is a

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foolish foul. Any time Fowler shooter. It is a foolish waste of

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foul. A especially when he is that far out. Just an elbow lift.

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Sometimes you get away with it in which case you are a genius, that

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time, not so. LeBron James and Kobe Bryant coming back on the court.

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Harden goes to the bench. indication that USA is not taking

:45:18.:45:23.

this game lightly. Getting the normal rotation back on the floor

:45:23.:45:30.

quickly. Chris Finch has a big line up in there. Clark, Archibald, Deng

:45:30.:45:40.
:45:40.:45:40.

and Pops Mensah-Bonsu, all make. -- Big. He has done a better job

:45:40.:45:46.

bringing the ball to floor, adding pressure. Deng shooting three shots

:45:46.:45:56.
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because he was fouled behind the He makes it 39-30, the lead cut to

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nine. 4GV, those easy points, and contested points, when the clock

:46:08.:46:18.
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stops, important to make those. -- James and Archer bought collide,

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and the foul will be on Robert Archibald. The USA team may have

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interchangeable people, but Robert Archibald is certainly not the

:46:31.:46:34.

person you want switched out to LeBron James. I could feel that

:46:34.:46:38.

collision, and we are 20 ft away. LeBron James did not look pleased

:46:38.:46:48.
:46:48.:46:58.

about it either. That might be a His I have to say, Durant looks

:46:58.:47:03.

last lustre. He stopped the fast break, because he knew that would

:47:03.:47:10.

be an easy two. That is a smart Spa. Durant does look lacklustre. It is

:47:10.:47:14.

a smart move. LeBron James, with a full head of steam, that never ends

:47:14.:47:19.

well for the opposition. They are not in the penalty situation yet,

:47:19.:47:29.
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five fouls in a quarter before you Good effort on the board by Davis,

:47:35.:47:45.
:47:45.:47:48.

It is an offensive foul on Pops. On Kobe Bryant, rather, but the foul

:47:48.:47:54.

is on Pops Mensah-Bonsu. I wouldn't mind seeing the replay, seeing if...

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Pops looks like he was done an injustice. The crowd does not like

:47:58.:48:08.
:48:08.:48:18.

Again, the pace of the game is very As foul inside on Archibald. Sorry,

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it is on Deng. Good interior Let's take a look at that one that

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was called on Pops. Oh, yes, Kobe Bryant is quite famous for a move

:48:34.:48:40.

they caught pulling the chair at, putting pressure on the offensive

:48:40.:48:42.

player so he thinks there's something to lean against and then

:48:42.:48:47.

just walking away so that you fall over. It is embarrassing. It is not

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normally a call for an offensive foul. Clearly Kobe pulled the chair

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Anthony Davis misses the second. Anne looking backwards for Reinking.

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Look at the matter of time it takes for GB to get into their offence. A

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great pass into Pops, who misses the short shot but get the foul.

:49:24.:49:30.

Good interior play, frustrating that he did not make the shot. But

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none the less good pressure. It is a great move by Deng, he keeps his

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Exactly the kind of interior passing we have seen from the USA,

:49:46.:49:56.
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Pops played for four different NBA teams. He is no stranger to that

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competition. He currently plays in Turkey with Besiktas. They won the

:50:08.:50:18.
:50:18.:50:20.

Turkish championship this year. Reinking is going to shoot from

:50:21.:50:30.
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three, in and out. Durant, a basket hanging, he dunks. Durant had a

:50:31.:50:35.

look of relief on his face there after a couple of misses, finally

:50:35.:50:39.

at easy opportunity, he made no mistake of that one. We are under

:50:40.:50:46.

the five-minute mark of the first half. Deng's shot is blocked.

:50:47.:50:56.
:50:57.:50:57.

His penetration right into the middle of the key, that is always

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Archer Board stepped up, he cannot get his body directly in front,

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foul on him. -- Archibald. And I like what Archibald has done on the

:51:14.:51:19.

floor, in fairness. He has been physical, and frankly that was an

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important thing. GB needed someone to step up and match the

:51:23.:51:27.

physicality of the USA team. have to let him know that you're on

:51:27.:51:33.

the court. He has done that, he has hit Kobe, he has hit LeBron, is

:51:33.:51:37.

making sure that every superstar in that team knows that he is there.

:51:37.:51:42.

Joel Freeland comes in for Archibald. He picked up two quick

:51:42.:51:46.

fouls in the first period. It will be interesting to see how he

:51:46.:51:49.

responds to that, sometimes it is difficult to get thrown back into

:51:49.:51:59.
:51:59.:52:06.

Can you make sure that you catch up 43-31 as Kobe misses the second.

:52:06.:52:15.

Again, noticeably the pressure has Freeland fighting for position

:52:15.:52:21.

inside our LeBron James. Dan Clark finally gets to give him the ball.

:52:21.:52:25.

Freeland tried to get it inside, it was tipped away, Carmelo came up

:52:25.:52:35.
:52:35.:52:39.

No hesitation to put it in the air, what great hands, what a great play

:52:39.:52:42.

by Pops Mensah-Bonsu, but what quick hands inside to stop it. It

:52:42.:52:46.

was a good look from Reinking, but the ball cannot get through.

:52:46.:52:53.

talked about that yesterday, Howard is great to move your feet, but

:52:53.:52:57.

really important to get your hands away. The fake got in the extra

:52:57.:53:07.
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It is a very physical game. men's game at this highest level,

:53:13.:53:21.

sometimes it is like playing a rugby match. Get the rugby players

:53:21.:53:31.
:53:31.:53:46.

back and asked them! They may The I have to say, if you are GB

:53:46.:53:52.

and his point, you cannot be displeased with the scoreline. --

:53:52.:54:00.

You have got to track those down, you do not want to give away the

:54:00.:54:04.

second shot, always a higher percentage chance of the offensive

:54:04.:54:12.

rebound. Chris Paul bringing Reinking way away from the basket,

:54:12.:54:19.

James just lays it in. Easy, easy play, and again the simple pressure.

:54:19.:54:29.
:54:29.:54:36.

Reinking was tried to turn the Durant was outside and stepped on

:54:36.:54:41.

he and line. He is having one of those games that you have in your

:54:41.:54:45.

nightmares. He is not playing terrible basketball, but so many

:54:45.:54:50.

easy things, he is just not getting it. That would just went out of

:54:50.:54:58.

The cross-court passes are really difficult to make against them.

:54:58.:55:02.

Especially in transition, as you are running and moving. Those

:55:02.:55:08.

passes lead to interceptions, as we saw there, or at least deflections.

:55:08.:55:12.

It is great awareness, the players are playing off the man they have

:55:12.:55:16.

got and anticipating those passing lanes. They are sagging, and a

:55:16.:55:21.

dragon on the floor, there is really one great shooter. -- Nate

:55:21.:55:31.
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Deng fighting for the ball, he had bodies hanging on him. He's still

:55:32.:55:41.

at the strength to get the ball up to the basket. -- he still had.

:55:41.:55:51.

Possession stays with Great Britain. Deng will be unbounded. -- will in

:55:51.:56:01.
:56:01.:56:10.

Dan Clark into Pops, Carmelo is on Finished by Kevin Durant. Once

:56:10.:56:14.

again, the quick hands on the one end, transition, the ball barely

:56:14.:56:21.

touching the floor, easy lay-up, dunk in that case. 47-33. Again,

:56:21.:56:31.
:56:31.:56:33.

tipped away on the pass by Kobe Two passes, dunk by James, time-out

:56:33.:56:41.

Great Britain. Two minutes and 12 seconds left in the first half, the

:56:41.:56:47.

USA is a 49-33. A mirror of the first quarter, sustaining some kind

:56:47.:56:57.
:56:57.:56:58.

of effort, giving the USA team continuity, but then a breakdown

:56:58.:57:04.

really hurt them. A breakdown in his last three minutes of the game

:57:04.:57:08.

leading to a layer after layer up. Demoralising. In fairness, what it

:57:08.:57:14.

is, the US is there in -- the US is lifting the defensive intensity.

:57:14.:57:18.

That is key, that is when we start seeing highlights like these, and

:57:18.:57:25.

it becomes essentially a dunkvest. Run and shoot! Yes, and it is not

:57:25.:57:31.

the kind of basketball that GB can beat the USA, and with the Olympics,

:57:31.:57:36.

the idea of GB running the ball up and down the floor in transition

:57:36.:57:40.

and beating teams is unrealistic. They have got to play controlled

:57:40.:57:43.

basketball, run opportunistically, as we saw in the first quarter, but

:57:43.:57:47.

for the most part get the ball safely up the court in as short a

:57:47.:57:52.

time as possible and run an open offence. I think you have made a

:57:52.:57:56.

good point. The problem with that kind of offence is that it takes

:57:56.:57:59.

them so long to get the ball over halfcourt that you do not have time

:57:59.:58:04.

to run it efficiently. That is what every coach will tell you. You need

:58:04.:58:07.

your point guard to bring the ball up in about three seconds so that

:58:07.:58:13.

you have got 21 seconds, the maximum amount of time are in your

:58:13.:58:17.

offence. GB has been taking the full 10 seconds to get the ball

:58:17.:58:20.

across the Harcourt Line, meaning that they have to rush into some

:58:20.:58:25.

kind of offence, often ending up with a one-on-one effort, or as you

:58:25.:58:31.

saw with Luol Deng, a one on two effort. If you have not watched a

:58:31.:58:35.

lot of basketball, this may look like a horse race, but the game can

:58:35.:58:39.

be very tactical in the halfcourt, and there are lots of things you

:58:39.:58:44.

can do to get your players open four shots. Mike Krzyzewski never

:58:44.:58:48.

looks at the exclamation I it is his trademark, if you look at his

:58:48.:58:55.

face, you would imagine his team is down by 50. It is a good way of

:58:55.:59:00.

masking, I think. They are up by 16, two minutes and 10 seconds

:59:00.:59:10.
:59:10.:59:22.

Deng puts it on the floor and comes up short. James Sweet sit-in. Look

:59:22.:59:28.

at Durant running, he is fouled. That is a good, sportsmen like,

:59:28.:59:36.

intentional foul! Deng did not want that lay-up to happen. UCU Freeland

:59:36.:59:39.

having a word with the referee, there is a lot of contact going on

:59:39.:59:46.

down there. At this level, what the referees have said, we are going to

:59:46.:59:52.

let you play. At both ends, we have seen Archibald for GB, certainly

:59:52.:59:57.

LeBron James giving Friedland a hard time. It has happened in two

:59:57.:00:00.

of the last three possessions, he has had the ball poked away from

:00:01.:00:05.

behind. It is the difference between the NBA and the European

:00:05.:00:10.

game, that in the NBA people think you make a lot of dribbles and then

:00:10.:00:14.

go, but it is really one trouble and then you go. When you start

:00:14.:00:18.

pounding the ball, you attract a lot of attention, you end up losing

:00:18.:00:28.
:00:28.:00:30.

Kevin Durant makes them both. USA pulls off the pressure, which

:00:30.:00:34.

is surprising. I am surprised they don't force more turnovers but they

:00:34.:00:40.

have pulled off the pressure for the moment. Luol Deng for three.

:00:40.:00:50.
:00:50.:01:01.

A beautiful little move. crossover, the pullback, great jump

:01:01.:01:11.
:01:11.:01:37.

Look at the pressure to keep the Kevin Durant. He is the player

:01:37.:01:47.
:01:47.:02:15.

And King brings a touch. -- Kobe Bryant is going to the

:02:15.:02:25.
:02:25.:02:30.

pensioner. Iguodala was back in the game, as is Westbrook. Again, this

:02:30.:02:32.

two. Card competition -- combination with West Brookend

:02:32.:02:42.

Chris Paul and three small Fords. - - Westbrook and Chris Paul. With

:02:42.:02:52.
:02:52.:03:03.

Pops makes the second. Another substitution, Tyson Chandler, it is

:03:03.:03:11.

now a two small Fords, two point guards and a centre. Joel Freeland

:03:11.:03:21.
:03:21.:03:31.

which -- Joel Freeland goes to the And when there is a foul. He was

:03:31.:03:38.

going for Russell Westbrook, much as they did earlier in this period.

:03:38.:03:46.

He just put it up for Russell Westbrook. Now Kyle Johnson comes

:03:46.:03:52.

back in the game. Luol Deng will get a little bit of extra rest,

:03:52.:04:02.
:04:02.:04:24.

with 12 seconds slower. -- 12 Westbrook makes both foul shots.

:04:24.:04:34.
:04:34.:04:51.

55-37. GB to inbound the ball with Westbrook misses and that ends the

:04:51.:04:58.

first half was as a score USA 55, G B 37, pretty much like the women's

:04:58.:05:08.
:05:08.:05:11.

game yesterday as the British men fell behind. John has gone to talk

:05:11.:05:17.

to Whishin. Let's hear what they have got say. It is the scoreline

:05:17.:05:21.

we would have expected. How well do you think Britain have coped with

:05:21.:05:24.

the class from the USA? I think they came out really strong, I

:05:24.:05:28.

think they came out and played and surprised the USA with their

:05:28.:05:32.

composure. What has been the difference is the USA's transition

:05:32.:05:36.

has been remarkable. When Great Britain misses, the USA grab the

:05:37.:05:40.

ball without the ball dribbling sometimes, just hand to hand to

:05:40.:05:44.

hand, to easy basket at that has been the difference. We know the

:05:45.:05:48.

USA has a number of high-class players and it was amazing to see

:05:48.:05:52.

at first time some of the skills on show. Kobe Bryant come we have seen

:05:52.:05:56.

him so many years at the NBA doing it, we have seen it here tonight.

:05:57.:06:01.

Exactly, he has a remarkable athlete. He makes extraordinary

:06:01.:06:06.

shots look easy. This is a fake, a term, he got everybody on the court

:06:06.:06:09.

looking the wrong way including some of the people in the stands

:06:09.:06:14.

and made one of his trademark jump shots. The great thing is he is not

:06:14.:06:18.

the only player in the American team capable of that sort of skill?

:06:18.:06:23.

No, the fact is there are eight All-Stars on the floor and any one

:06:23.:06:27.

of them can break out. The USA is doing well and is up by double

:06:27.:06:32.

figures without Kevin Durant really having had a good game. He hasn't

:06:32.:06:36.

missed several easy shots. He has been back in the flow with a few

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lay-offs but he is not as he was in the finals. Great Britain have a

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player in Luol Deng, more than just a glimpse of his enormous class?

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Absolutely, Luol Deng has been remarkable. The problem is he has

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to be outstanding every single play and team has to work so hard to

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estimate the shot. Everything he does, he finds himself surrounded

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by three or four people. Here he is coming down, this was his and

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O'Meley and contested shot for the entire half. -- it was his only

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uncontested shot. If you watch the way the players who are not

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guarding, inviting anybody else on the floor score apart from Luol

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Deng, it puts pressure on Luol Deng to make remarkable shots, or give

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the ball up and hope one of his team mates can get the job done.

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What you would like to see is one or two of his team-mates stepping

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up. Any evidence of that in the first half? One of the things that

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I would like to see his Robert Archibald has been hitting of real

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start on the USA team and it is important. Sometimes you have to

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say look, we are here, we are strong, we will not back down and

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that has been a good sign. Reinking has made a couple of jump shots. We

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need to bring the ball up the floor. Let's look at the half-time

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statistics. What they are going to show is that America has dominated.

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Is there anything you can see that Great Britain here has held their

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own? I think there are some areas where Great Britain has done a good

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job. They haven't allowed too many offensive rebounds, which has been

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key. There have been a couple more on the run. They have controlled

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the backboard, which is vital but it is the fast break points

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differential. Britain had a couple of early fast breaks but the USA

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running away with fast breaks in the for late first underly second

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quarter. Before we joined the half- time shows, I was watching Deron

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Williams at close hand, he said where is the scoreboard? The

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scoreboard is up behind us, but high. The players on cop can't see

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it, can they? It is very unusual. It is the first thing I looked up.

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You are used to scoreboards being everywhere so you can't miss them.

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It is time for the half-time show How are you doing? Trying to be a

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superstar like everybody else, listen, but being myself is

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# Whatever you do, Lord, Lord, do # Manchester, express yourself. I

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# It is not what you look like when you are doing what you're doing,

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# Here we go now. Labyrinth, come # Ladies and gentlemen, this is

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something like caller ground breaker. So let me first apologise,

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to the shops and the ties beyond # Sake, I predict an earthquake. #

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# Ladies and Gentlemen, what you # HAI, Simon, everybody rock, let's

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# Say, I predict an earthquake. Everybody say, say I predict an

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# I predict an earthquake. Let me # Because we threw bombs on it, HAI,

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# Manchester, and I want to know # If you came here to see some slam

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dunking basketball I want to hear # Everybody say, yeah. I predict an

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# I predict an earthquake. Here we # Now we can make an earthquake.

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Come in. Ladies and gentlemen, let's hear it

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The best team on the planet are starting to make themselves known.

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The best players on the planet's, but we have got some massive stars

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here, NBA p last night, you did not get much of their reception last

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night, are you able to appreciate the crowd now? Absolutely, it is

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just fun to be in a building with so much energy, so much talent and

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excitement for basketball. You are quite used to getting the President

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coming down to watch your warm-up game against Brazil, he was

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watching you take on Brazil, you did very well in that game, quite

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intimidating, what about 17,000 people watching you? I love it!

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Playing for the University of Connecticut, it reminds me of this

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building, the atmosphere, it is so packed, and people just want to see

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good basketball, so I love playing in those conditions. You were not

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intimidated by Tamika Catchings, what was it like taking her arm?

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was amazing, it was the first time we faced the USA, so the

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opportunity was fantastic, a great bunch of athletes, phenomenal. We

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are taking it one step at a time, but we are making strides. Enjoy

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the rest of the game, second half to come, thank you for talking to

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us. Amazingly, it is just eight days until the start of the

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Olympics, the opening ceremony, and it just seems like it is going to

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happen tomorrow, it is so close. Two of Britain's biggest stars are

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looking ahead to the London Games, Basketball is fun because it is not

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a slow game, it is amazing at least, you have got to show your skills.

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It is an up-tempo game. important is the Olympics to you?

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It is a great opportunity for us to show British basketball can compete

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with the rest of the world, but also, for me, I know important it

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is for the basketball community, it is a special time for us and all

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the kids that love basketball to finally stand proud and say, you

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Luol Deng is the NBA star on the team, do you click with him, or is

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there a clash of egos? No clash whatsoever, he does not have an ego,

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I don't. You would think somebody of his talent, his calendar could

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easily have won, but I think the one thing that defines him as a

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person is the fact that he is so down-to-earth. There could not be a

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clash of egos, because I'm probably his biggest fan. He is a south

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Londoner and an Arsenal fan, I am a north Londoner and a Tottenham fan,

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that is the only time we clash. had a fantastic season in Turkey,

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straight into the Olympics, surely you should be asking yourself, is

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this really the pinnacle? By far, by far. I had a great season in

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Turkey this year, one of the best clubs seasons that I have had, but

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it is the London Olympics! Just that is a big deal, but the

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Olympics in my backyard is huge. How well can you do? As well as God

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permits. Everybody has got to win one game at a time, nobody is going

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to win 6 in a row, you have to go one at a time, and we will take it

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from there. We will try to win the first game, then the next game, and

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at the end of the tournament you look back and see how you have done.

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Once the anthem comes on, I might shed a little tear, then I'm going

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to get ready to compete for my country. It will be one of the

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biggest on as I have had in my life up until this point. -- honours

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forced Doctor Who guys looking forward to what could be a fabulous

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Olympics for Britain. It is one of the strengths of the GB team that

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they have players who can step up, but one of the weaknesses that

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every team knows, if you can stop Luol Deng, it is a huge part of

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slowing down the GB team. We have seen that today. The focus of the

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USA team has not just been to play a tough defence but made it hard

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for Luol Deng. It is a fascinating story, how he came to the UK from

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Sudan, how he makes it in America, �47 million contract for the

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Chicago Bulls, fascinating. They are mind-boggling numbers, and the

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reality is that we like to see stories where good people have

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overcome adversity against all odds and rise to receive their just

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rewards, and Luol Deng is a prime example of that. And how much of an

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example is the two youngsters in Great Britain wants to take up

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their game? How much of an inspiration can he be? I hope he

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will be a remarkable one. There are many athletes, you might say, I

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could not possibly be that good, whereas Luol Deng is not so

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remarkable that people you would think that is the only reason he is

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good. He has worked on his game, he has focused on the scale elements,

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and every young player watching can do that. Hopefully there will be

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one or two watching tonight he may take up the game and maybe the next

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Luol Deng. You can now rejoin might as we start the second half of this

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match, Great Britain trailing USA Thank you, Rishi, and I think John

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Amaechi is being a little bit modest, a player who made the most

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of his abilities or throughout his career, that was John Amaechi. At

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half-time, 55-37, USA over Great Britain, and looking at those half-

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time statistics, there is one that really jumps out at you, 12 steels

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for the US team, led by Chris Paul's 3, zero for Great Britain,

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and that is what makes those turnover points that John was

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talking about so much at half-time. The leading scorer for Great

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Britain with 15 is Deng, Pops has John Amaechi, he is just sitting

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down to read join us, putting the headphones on so he can hear what

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I'm saying, but I just mention the statistic which jumped out at me,

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the 12 steels for the US, zero for Great Britain. Yes, that has been

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the difference. We remarked on it yesterday, there is a team with the

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USA Basketball programme, men and women's, juniors and seniors, they

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are working on their defence, making sure they capitalise on

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their athleticism at both ends. change for Great Britain on the

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team which started the game, Dan Clark is in for Mike Lenzly,

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The real question is, can they take advantage of this? The US have the

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same five restarted the game. -- who started. Great pass! Really, a

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great interior past, safe bounced into the hands of Luol Deng for the

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easy reverse. Just threading a needle, easy lay-up, that is basic

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basketball, but it is pretty and it wins. Those are the two guys that

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Durant draws the first foul are the second half. It looks like he was

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not quite ready, he tried to get ready when the ball was in Deng's

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and, that is too late. You see the penetration, the screen, and the

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help did not come until far too late. Joel Freeland not wanting to

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give away that third foul. He got two Burghley, he could not afford

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Deron Williams doing a nice job of arguing that call but not winning!

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I think players think that if they argue enough, they will get it

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Kobe Bryant took that away, great Nice inside move by Joel Freeland,

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good to see and get some points. Absolutely, he has been working

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hard but he has not been able to put the ball in a Hoare just yet. A

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favourable match-up against the That would be a good place to see

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again, excellent bigging by the USA team led to a wide-open shot,

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Williams with a fantastic screen. - Possession will stay with Britain,

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he is another look at that three- pointer by Deron Williams. This is

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Pops on the drive, slapped a wave. Good call. We have not seen much

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from Chandler has so far. We have not really seen him try to assert

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themselves and dominate. And just as I say it, he proves me wrong!

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Tyson Chandler with the stuff. Williams hits two in a row. I need

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to insult players so they prove the Freeland tries to get it off to

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Pops. The sets for the three. shot. I think you see the

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intimidation factor with Chandler in the middle. The US benches are

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out of their seats and running up the court. Three straight three-

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pointers for Deron Williams, a time out caught by Great Britain. Quite

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different body language from the two Ventures, the USA bench came

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all way onto the floor to greet their team-mates. The GB bench

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looking a little down at his Fife. Chandler's Watts Freeland away,

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keeps it in play for Kobe Bryant. - - Jan Blair swats. Good work by

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Chandler at the other end, setting the screen, giving Deron Williams

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and Open Look at the basket. Yes, it is to open. It comes too late,

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the hand in the face, the All Star you cannot give Williams that kind

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of look, it is just too simple. I am not sure that the move to

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increase the size of the GB team has paid off at his point, they

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have not been able to capitalise on the inside. Ore has got another

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interview courtside. We may be in Manchester, but forget Piccadilly

:26:57.:27:00.

Gardens, more like Madison Square Garden, who needs Tom Cruise when

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you can have Jack Whitehall? This is like a huge night for you, isn't

:27:05.:27:10.

it? It is amazing, I have never been here before, and it is like

:27:10.:27:14.

nothing else, it is so good. I love all the dancing, they need more of

:27:14.:27:17.

that at football matches, rather than some weird guy doing a raffle,

:27:17.:27:24.

or the honeys shaking it, it is brilliant. No doubt you are going

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to use the Olympics for material, are you going to the Edinburgh?

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I am filming here, doing a film here in Manchester, here for the

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Olympics. Hopefully I will see some of the events appear. I have got

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tickets to the artery as well, my mum got some tickets to the archery,

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so we will be going down there at San point. Sonali will be glad to

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know that! Basketball is not your first love, but it is a game you

:27:53.:27:58.

could get to love? I played it at school, I started out on the school

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basketball team, and I think they are actually playing... We will

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hand back to John and Mike, cheers, Jack Whitehall! They got are off

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the courts just in time. -- they got orate off the court just in

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Williams was put in that one up for a pass, and when you're at 66-41,

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you can laugh about those things. In a normal game, I think they

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would be upset with that error. will tell you is upset, Mike

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Krzyzewski. Look at that from LeBron James. It looks like they

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are not quite ready inside, GB, on set plays. Simple move, a great

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move by Freeland. Joel Freeland, starting to get into his rhythm a

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An excellent move, the defences fall in the middle, everyone goes

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Williams, three again! That is the third time that very same play, the

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back screen by Williams, leaving him free for the jump. Again,

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pressure, Pops nearly loses it, but At three for Lawrence. A big shot,

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LeBron James could have destroyed that basket if he had wanted to. He

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A nice move by Deng. Two substitutions for the US, Anthony

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and Iguodala both come into the game. One of the problems is the

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bigs are being asked to get inside on defence. Exactly, they are being

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asked to expend energy at every Just like that, two handed Slam.

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From LeBron James. A every score the USA is getting is either a

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wide-open shot, or an easy dunk The pastor James, he misses that

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one. He slams it through -- the pass to James. That is two from

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There is another three from Lawrence, he has hit two since

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James puts it in, Great Hall None Carmelo Anthony has been on

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Deng draws the foul and gets the basket. A great move, the crossover

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between his legs first and then a crossover to the basket. Again,

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what we are seeing, degrees of difficulty against great

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competition. Not the same on the other end. Pops Freeland go to the

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bench, Archibald and charter -- and Jara coming to replace them. They

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Archibald asserting himself a bit too much that time with his hands.

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You want to show you are physical, you're not going to back down. They

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need a presence on the floor. If he puts his hands on people that is a

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 66 seconds

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far all that is wasted. -- a foul Anthony Kim been as he goes in. The

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whistle. -- Anthony tripping as he goes in. The foul will be called.

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Archibald is fouled out of the game. Archibald wasn't intending, but it

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was his foot that Anthony went over. It is unfortunate but it is a good

:35:06.:35:12.

call. The thing is, players think it is a tap -- league foul at the

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end that gets you but it is the foolish foul with their hands on

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the body, that is the foul that Pfahls them up. There was nothing

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he can do about that. Now RGB is without the physical presence and I

:35:29.:35:34.

know it seems strange but having someone on the floor who is showing

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that they are going to hit you Westbrook is called to the

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offensive foul, he made contact, Kevin Love is called, that will his

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-- there will be his 4th. He has had a frustrating game, Kevin Love.

:36:23.:36:28.

He has not had a chance to get into the swing of things. He is used to

:36:28.:36:38.
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a physical style of basketball. You He jumps higher than I used to, but

:36:50.:37:00.
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Three lent Bocking Kyle of -- Paul Now there is a far wall behind the

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play. It is called on Lawrence. big back-pedalling in the lane

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against the guard, still sharp enough and fast enough to get his

:37:52.:38:01.
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hands in their and disrupt the past The Westbrook hits the three.

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gods have -- the guards have asserted themselves for the USA in

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GB is working ten times harder for Achara misses. Eric Boateng, sorry,

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Carmelo Anthony with the Dunk. That is the end of the third quarter,

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Thanks, I have been joined by Amir Khan, commiserations on your defeat

:39:12.:39:16.

to Danny Garcia at the weekend. Is it nice to take your mind off

:39:16.:39:22.

boxing for a bit? I have come here from London to enjoyed GB versus

:39:22.:39:27.

USA. It takes my mind of boxing and everything and relaxes me and I can

:39:27.:39:31.

be myself. The when you're competing in Athens in 2004, did

:39:31.:39:34.

you get time to see these guys? They came away with bronze but

:39:34.:39:40.

these guys are good. I never had a chance in Athens to go to any other

:39:40.:39:46.

event apart from boxing, but this time having the Olympics in London,

:39:46.:39:51.

I am in the best position ever because I can go to at any event. I

:39:51.:39:55.

am not going to be in training and do what I want to do. I am an

:39:55.:39:59.

ambassador for the Olympics so why will go to events. When you are

:39:59.:40:03.

here caught sight you can appreciate the skill of the guys.

:40:03.:40:08.

LeBron James is on fire. LeBron James is amazing. I have never seen

:40:08.:40:13.

him play live. I live in LA so I go to the Lakers. I could not believe

:40:13.:40:19.

how quick and explosive LeBron James is. For the size he is, so

:40:19.:40:24.

quick. I would not like to get into a fight with him! Fortunately for

:40:24.:40:27.

you, different weights. We look forward to seeing more of you in

:40:27.:40:37.
:40:37.:40:40.

I think Ore is looking for a second career as a matchmaker her, a fight

:40:40.:40:44.

between Amir Khan and LeBron James. People would pay money for that, it

:40:45.:40:50.

could be dangerous. He had it right, it is the athleticism and

:40:50.:40:54.

explosiveness that has built up the huge lead. That is the thing about

:40:54.:40:58.

basketball in fairness, it is exemplified with this USA team.

:40:58.:41:02.

There are others out there, you look and it is remarkable that

:41:02.:41:06.

players and athletes of that size who would normally be confined to

:41:06.:41:10.

much more physical, less speedy and agile roles, all the sudden they

:41:10.:41:16.

have the whole package and can do a bit of everything. The ball will be

:41:16.:41:20.

put into play in front of our commentary position by the US to

:41:20.:41:26.

begin this 4th quarter. They lead 89-55 of the Great Britain and you

:41:26.:41:36.
:41:36.:41:48.

can see the head of John Amaechi as You look for the composure after a

:41:48.:41:58.
:41:58.:42:18.

time out and there is more of the It is going to be a three-second

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violation. The painted area under the basket, the blue area, one, two,

:42:26.:42:32.

three, he hasn't done anything with the ball and it is a violation.

:42:32.:42:35.

mentioned in the first half, in Europe you can get away with a bit

:42:35.:42:39.

more time dribbling around but against NBA Caliber players you

:42:39.:42:49.
:42:49.:42:56.

have to catch that Paul and make a West book is fouled as he does

:42:56.:43:06.
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drive. -- Westbrook. Nate Reinking picks up the foul, like myself, a

:43:07.:43:13.

naturalised citizen of Great Britain. He is a remarkable

:43:13.:43:23.
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character on that team, he is nearing of my age. A 38. Very old.

:43:24.:43:29.

If you look at him, he is one of the most in shape players on the GB

:43:29.:43:35.

team. He is as resilient as he ever was and able to contribute fully.

:43:35.:43:40.

The problem we have seen today is that instead of playing that two

:43:40.:43:45.

guard role where he can shoot the ball, he is doing double duty,

:43:45.:43:50.

point guard and double guard and defended. He is giving up a lot of

:43:50.:44:00.
:44:00.:44:31.

size. When it comes to the Open Lawrence and was fouled. It was a

:44:31.:44:35.

good call, it was delayed, but a good core. You saw Luol Deng

:44:35.:44:40.

looking frustrated because it took away uneasy two points, maybe this

:44:40.:44:50.
:44:50.:45:07.

You seem Pops Mensah-Bonsu taking advantage of a youngster, Davis, he

:45:07.:45:12.

got sealed inside. He will learn not to do that in the NBA.

:45:12.:45:19.

Literally a youngster, only 19 years old. Reinking could be his

:45:19.:45:29.
:45:29.:45:31.

dad! That is alarming even to think Davis was are banned at them! The

:45:31.:45:36.

US bench is a band celebrating. think we can safely say that young

:45:36.:45:46.
:45:46.:45:53.

The ball is going to go over to the US. It must have tipped off that

:45:53.:46:03.
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and, we did not see the replay. William's coming back in. --

:46:04.:46:10.

Williams. A catch, notable, slightly frightening, potential for

:46:10.:46:20.
:46:20.:46:24.

the NBA if ever I saw it. -- no Backwards, over the Ed dunk by

:46:24.:46:29.

Kevin Love, and they are celebrating, it is show time now in

:46:29.:46:34.

Manchester! Watch this! I do not think it is the completion that he

:46:34.:46:38.

was looking for, but the idea was remarkable, very simple basketball.

:46:38.:46:44.

We keep talking about this, it is not advanced play, simple cuts and

:46:44.:46:54.
:46:54.:47:00.

passes, easy shots in the basket. This 4th period has been a poor USA.

:47:00.:47:10.
:47:10.:47:42.

That is his move, that hesitations Reinking knocked it away, Westbrook

:47:42.:47:48.

picked it up. Hesitation, Davis stood sit through. Again, what you

:47:48.:47:58.
:47:58.:48:08.

said, that is the simplest of Harden cannot hit the three, it

:48:08.:48:18.
:48:18.:48:19.

climbs the backboard, and it sits What people do not realise, I do

:48:19.:48:24.

not think, at this level of basketball, every single player is

:48:24.:48:28.

doubt it. Everyone on the USA team knows exactly what Anne is going to

:48:28.:48:34.

do with that move. Here we see again, that they can slip, really

:48:34.:48:40.

simple basketball for easy baskets. Our man Ore is down on the

:48:40.:48:45.

sidelines. The stars keep rolling in, Alexandra Burke, good to see

:48:45.:48:50.

you. Are you enjoying it? It is amazing. You are performing here

:48:50.:48:55.

last night, entertainment and sport. Last night it was such an honour to

:48:55.:49:01.

be here, to perform. The boys are playing well, it is great to be

:49:01.:49:05.

here. You have spent a lot of time in America, to get a chance to see

:49:05.:49:12.

these people are close. I have seen Miami and the Lakers play before,

:49:12.:49:18.

so has seen James and LeBron play a few times, I love him! This is like

:49:18.:49:22.

a poor all over to the other side, we do not get to see crowds like

:49:22.:49:26.

this. It has been an amazing turn out, it is great that it is in

:49:26.:49:30.

Manchester, of all places, it is great that it is here. Great to see

:49:30.:49:39.

you, cheers. Thanks, sweetheart, The LeBron James fan club has just

:49:39.:49:45.

picked up one more member. I am hoping that seeing basketball at

:49:45.:49:49.

this level, seeing the Manchester Arena full of people, I'm hoping it

:49:49.:49:54.

will mean that some of the younger players will be inspired, because

:49:54.:49:58.

they are just as good athletes as we are seeing out there, coming

:49:58.:50:03.

through the system, getting an opportunity to show their staff.

:50:03.:50:07.

question that anyone watching this would say that this looks like fun.

:50:07.:50:13.

I can tell you that it certainly is, there are times when the work can

:50:13.:50:18.

get you down, when the competition to be at the top, there are only

:50:18.:50:23.

300 players in the NBA, it can seem insurmountable, but the rewards in

:50:23.:50:28.

terms of knowing you have pushed past an entire world of basketball

:50:28.:50:33.

players, it is tremendous. 6 1/2 minutes to play in his game, the US

:50:34.:50:41.

leads Great Britain 99-58. John Amaechi with me, Mike Carlson. John

:50:41.:50:47.

has played in the NBA, for England, all across Europe. I have been, as

:50:47.:50:54.

they call them, a journeyman. driving to the middle, he draws the

:50:54.:51:04.

foul. Once again, an individual effort by Deng, bump, bump, and on

:51:04.:51:14.
:51:14.:51:15.

the third bump he gets the call, He will attempt two foul shots.

:51:15.:51:21.

have to say, I have been impressed by Moran's today. After wandering

:51:21.:51:25.

early in the game if he was tough enough to handle the pressure that

:51:25.:51:29.

was being thrown at him, if he was going to bring anything offensively,

:51:29.:51:33.

he has answered both those questions. In fairness, they are

:51:33.:51:37.

not gone to play against too many teams that have guards as quick as

:51:37.:51:42.

the US does. Well, certainly not against guards as quick and

:51:43.:51:48.

formidable physically as well. One or the other, but not both. Right.

:51:48.:51:58.
:51:58.:52:10.

He comes down the court celebrating, Boateng underneath, and Boateng

:52:10.:52:20.

puts it in. Sullivan in the game It is a good job on the offensive

:52:20.:52:30.
:52:30.:52:34.

board. Sullivan is really tight I think it was Boateng who knocked

:52:34.:52:38.

it away and out of bounds. Sometimes it is so quick, it is

:52:38.:52:44.

hard to see what happened. Last week and asked the beard! Johnson

:52:44.:52:46.

and Freeland coming in, Pops Mensah-Bonsu coming out and getting

:52:46.:52:56.
:52:56.:52:59.

a great hand from an appreciative I mean, I think those two guys have

:52:59.:53:02.

showing you what they have got, and you know what they have got, and it

:53:03.:53:07.

is up to other people to step up. You are absolutely right. Give them

:53:07.:53:13.

more dimensions to the GB game. Game is going to struggle and

:53:13.:53:23.
:53:23.:53:37.

He we will have a job for. I will tell you what, you have to like to

:53:37.:53:40.

see that. I know this guy is a youngster, so he has not produced

:53:40.:53:45.

to the idea that NBA players do not necessarily go on the floor, but

:53:45.:53:51.

good to see people going after that. Did you know is that? Yes, great

:53:51.:53:59.

shooter for Dallas. Was it Dallas? From Woking, went to the American

:53:59.:54:09.
:54:09.:54:15.

College in Charleston is not a huge power in American basketball, but

:54:15.:54:20.

it is good to see in there. It is remarkable, athlete that come out

:54:20.:54:26.

of the small schools, and people do not always remember people who came

:54:26.:54:31.

out of... I do not know what school, a tiny college. Good question, I am

:54:31.:54:36.

drawing a blank. But it was a smart move. Sometimes you do not have to

:54:36.:54:39.

go to the biggest names schools, sometimes you need to find a place

:54:39.:54:45.

where you can play. I want to say San Diego State, but that might be

:54:45.:54:50.

because he played in San Diego, he was drafted in San Diego. I think

:54:50.:54:53.

he went to a New England school, to be honest, but I'm not sure where

:54:53.:54:58.

it was. That is my backyard! Somebody will throw me a message on

:54:58.:55:04.

Twitter and let me know. If you know his Twitter address, send him

:55:05.:55:10.

a tweet! The Great Britain team are trailing 102-62 with five minutes

:55:10.:55:18.

to play in this game. The thing I want to see here, I want to see the

:55:18.:55:21.

process continue with as much intensity as possible. I am less

:55:21.:55:25.

worried about the outcome now, but what I do not want to see his

:55:25.:55:30.

people letting down, people reducing their intensity, he will

:55:30.:55:34.

not play in defence, people losing their focus. No. This is

:55:35.:55:38.

preparation time still, right now, this is preparation time. If they

:55:38.:55:43.

can make a stand in these final five minutes, it will not make a

:55:43.:55:46.

dent on the score, but those extra five minutes of quality play

:55:46.:55:50.

together could make all the difference in the games down the

:55:50.:55:55.

road. It is a good point. Do what other trivia question? Joel

:55:55.:55:59.

Freeland has signed a $9 million contract with the Portland Trail

:55:59.:56:06.

Blazers, he was the first pick with the 30th pick in 2006. He was the

:56:06.:56:11.

first pick in the overall draft in 2006? I can already tell you but

:56:11.:56:21.
:56:21.:56:26.

I'm going to struggle to answer any Joel Freeland went in that same

:56:26.:56:29.

daft and is just now getting to the NBA. That is one of the things

:56:29.:56:33.

about the NBA, they never let you go if they know that you're a

:56:33.:56:43.
:56:43.:56:49.

talent. When you're ready, they Blocked by Davis, what an athletic

:56:49.:56:54.

block, he kept it in play, and Westbrook finishes. Fantastic block

:56:54.:57:01.

on the inside. It is one thing to swat the ball's away, spike them,

:57:01.:57:05.

but it is another thing to keep it in place or your team-mates can get

:57:05.:57:09.

to it. If you can keep it in play, all this and you have got an extra

:57:09.:57:16.

fast break opportunity. Anthony Davis, the youngest player on the

:57:16.:57:22.

court. Eric Boateng defence that won strong and picks up the foul.

:57:22.:57:26.

do not mind seeing that, it is good to make sure you're not going to

:57:26.:57:31.

continue to get all the easy looks inside. Again, that cross-court

:57:31.:57:36.

pass, that is too easy across the key. But I like Boateng, I like the

:57:36.:57:43.

idea that he will say, no! Eric Boateng, one of two players on the

:57:43.:57:48.

Great Britain team who actually played at Duke University for Mike

:57:48.:57:53.

Krzyzewski. Luol Deng spent one year before he transferred into the

:57:53.:58:03.
:58:03.:58:24.

Quite a good pedigree from his camp, Sullivan will pick up the foul.

:58:24.:58:31.

Trying to force the contact. foul was called on Iguodala.

:58:31.:58:37.

really through the shoulder into them, a smart move. Then he turned

:58:37.:58:47.
:58:47.:59:02.

around to her career and said, Sullivan makes both. 106-64, of

:59:02.:59:12.
:59:12.:59:15.

We used to call at carrying the ball! Especially when you take a

:59:15.:59:21.

couple of steps. I will say, from Love, that was a speculative pass,

:59:21.:59:28.

but confidence in your team-mates that you can jump that high. The US

:59:28.:59:38.
:59:38.:59:43.

is playing a little zone now for As though mentioned, you know, GB,

:59:43.:59:48.

we want to see them focused here. It is interesting, you can see the

:59:48.:59:58.
:59:58.:00:01.

They are preparing for the next opponent. They know that they are

:00:01.:00:07.

going to have to play it a solid so that some time. They're using it as

:00:07.:00:11.

a prep time and GB needs to do the same. Sullivan hits three at the

:00:11.:00:21.
:00:21.:00:54.

Davis! Anything that requires that Oh! It is hard, I know it is

:00:54.:00:59.

difficult, the fans are distracted because it is a run and dunk first

:00:59.:01:03.

but G B needs this time. The need every second they can get to

:01:03.:01:13.
:01:13.:01:50.

prepare. Sullivan is showing he can I am trying to think if that was

:01:50.:02:00.
:02:00.:02:06.

James Harden plays it in. Going into the basket, Haden Lady Uddin,

:02:06.:02:11.

it went in, but the two hands that were closest to the basket were the

:02:11.:02:14.

USA, there for the offensive rebound. You cannot break down at

:02:14.:02:18.

the end of the game and that people have free run on the backboard. It

:02:18.:02:22.

builds habits, every second you spend playing builds habits and if

:02:22.:02:32.
:02:32.:02:41.

you spend that time doing the wrong Davis has another block. But his

:02:41.:02:46.

four box for him. He is going to be a factor in these Olympic Games.

:02:46.:02:53.

You can imagine him anchoring the back of a zone defence. It is tough

:02:53.:03:03.
:03:03.:03:12.

Just catching up with the scoring as Joel Freeland goes, that is one

:03:12.:03:17.

of the disappointments for the GB team. Deng has 25 and Pops has 12,

:03:17.:03:22.

nobody else is in double figures and they really need more from

:03:22.:03:25.

Freeland in particular, from the back court in particular.

:03:25.:03:30.

Absolutely. We have seen Lawrence has a couple at one point. There

:03:30.:03:34.

have been several players who managed to step up but only for

:03:34.:03:38.

moments. One of the things about basketball, it is a game of

:03:38.:03:42.

consistency. You can only have bursts if those bursts are so

:03:43.:03:47.

remarkable that you can blow the team off. That is what is happening

:03:47.:03:57.
:03:57.:04:12.

It is amazingly predictable play Sullivan hits another one. It is

:04:12.:04:16.

consolation time in terms of the input. Sullivan into double figures

:04:16.:04:26.
:04:26.:04:44.

That is the final buzzer, the end of the game. USA 118, Great Britain

:04:44.:04:49.

78. I have to say that from the start of the match I would not have

:04:49.:04:52.

expected a 40 point margin at the expected a 40 point margin at the

:04:52.:04:56.

end. No, the way this started, we were looking at a similar start to

:04:56.:04:59.

the way the GB women's team started yesterday. They looked like they

:04:59.:05:02.

were going to control the tempo but no sooner did we talk about how

:05:02.:05:06.

they were hanging in the game than the USA turned the screws and the

:05:07.:05:09.

interesting sorties they did not do it on a fence, they turned the

:05:09.:05:13.

screws on defence. They put them in a situation, GB in a situation,

:05:13.:05:18.

where they were taking really difficult shops, missing them,

:05:18.:05:23.

leaving the USA on the run, quick passing, easy laps and dunked on

:05:23.:05:30.

the other end. Very much like last night's game, the women. In the end

:05:30.:05:35.

the athleticism overpowered them. That is right. The point people

:05:35.:05:40.

need to note, it is the defence that overpowered them. It was not

:05:40.:05:45.

backed one or more one, because when the USA was playing 111

:05:45.:05:50.

Basketball they did not look that good. When it was James, Kobe

:05:50.:05:54.

Bryant, some may be spectacular but they look stilted, as if they would

:05:54.:05:58.

not get any think running. It was when they played together, when

:05:58.:06:02.

they turned up the defence and ended up with easy shots, that is

:06:02.:06:11.

when they won it. Again, the very impressive trophy we saw yesterday,

:06:12.:06:20.

Deron Williams left sit for the USA. Barely lifted. Exactly, it is big.

:06:20.:06:30.
:06:30.:06:33.

It is like my coffee cup! That is a big trophy and well deserved. Four

:06:33.:06:43.
:06:43.:06:44.

rebounds for Deron Williams. Not a bad show. Leading scorers, 19 for

:06:44.:06:47.

him and 19 for Carmelo Anthony and then otherwise a very well-balanced

:06:47.:06:52.

scoring on the US team. We saw Carmelo Anthony, in fairness to him,

:06:52.:06:57.

he did a fantastic job when the USA was looking still did, he came in,

:06:57.:07:01.

had a couple of drives to the basket, a couple of three point

:07:01.:07:05.

shops, did a great job. He is one of the guys who in a sense can play

:07:05.:07:09.

better in this setting than he does and his club setting, where he

:07:09.:07:17.

wants to dominate the play and we can go down now to courtside and it

:07:17.:07:22.

is the player of the game, Deron Williams, who is with Ore. Thank

:07:22.:07:29.

you, congratulations, you made it look easy in the end. It was a

:07:29.:07:33.

tough team, we tried to come out, that is what we're doing, we have

:07:33.:07:36.

only been together for a short amount of time. These practice

:07:36.:07:41.

games, warm-up games, go a long way. It could have been a number of you

:07:41.:07:46.

guys, you were incredible tonight. That is how it is, it is not just

:07:46.:07:50.

one guy, it is a team effort. The defence is our bread and butter.

:07:50.:07:54.

Once we get turnovers and easy baskets we get going pretty well.

:07:54.:07:58.

You were the most experienced guys want the USA roster as far as

:07:58.:08:01.

playing Great Britain but this is a different ball game. What was it

:08:01.:08:07.

like with the atmosphere? 17,000 fans. It is my third game in

:08:07.:08:12.

England, the crowds have been great. I expect them to be great for the

:08:12.:08:15.

Olympics and they were great night here in Manchester. You did not

:08:15.:08:19.

know much about the GB team as a group before the game. What did you

:08:19.:08:24.

see -- what would you say now? are a tough team, they ran into a

:08:24.:08:30.

tough team. We were hotter the second half. They are a tough team,

:08:30.:08:34.

led by Luol Deng and some other guys who can help him come to bid.

:08:34.:08:39.

You have a week or so until the Games. Are you ready? Definitely,

:08:39.:08:44.

we have a lot to work, practice. We have two more warm-up games and

:08:44.:08:51.

these are important for us., adulation. Thank you.

:08:51.:08:56.

It was the defence that was key to the US? Absolutely right, they

:08:56.:09:02.

turned it up. We saw the defence, a simple man Press Club and it -- and

:09:02.:09:08.

it kept increasing. GB took longer and longer. Sometimes the referee

:09:08.:09:13.

was about to call a ten-second violation, then they had a short

:09:13.:09:18.

period of time to get a good shot and often they did not. OK, we have

:09:18.:09:22.

Rishi Persad, who has Pops Mensah- Bonsu caught sight. Let's go over

:09:23.:09:27.

to him. Indeed he is, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, he

:09:27.:09:31.

has fans everywhere. People wanting to congratulate him and shake his

:09:32.:09:37.

hand. Pops, a difficult night, there could scoreline suggests you

:09:37.:09:40.

were well beaten but what did you find encouraging for Great Britain

:09:40.:09:45.

coach ran a obviously it is a 40 minute game, we played greater the

:09:45.:09:49.

first half and showed -- and they showed their greatness. We lost gas

:09:49.:09:54.

and the second half and they tended to be a bit. They had a lot of

:09:54.:09:57.

threes and transition buckets, turned us over, got some easy

:09:57.:10:01.

baskets as well, so we have to take something positive from this, you

:10:01.:10:06.

have to have fun and it was a great opportunity and we will take things

:10:06.:10:10.

from it and move on. I was talking to John Amaechi, we were talking

:10:10.:10:14.

about the idea of you and Luol Deng being the senior players leaving

:10:14.:10:18.

the -- leading the youngsters. It is a heavy defeat but it is good

:10:18.:10:23.

experience for guys like Andrew Lawrence, coming through?

:10:23.:10:26.

Definitely this is the pinnacle at peak of the players in this world.

:10:26.:10:30.

If you want to get to that level you have to know what you have to

:10:30.:10:34.

do and we saw the best players in the world today. They showed it.

:10:34.:10:37.

Hopefully the guys want to get to that level and we can go back to

:10:37.:10:41.

the drawing board and see if we can get there. I have played there

:10:41.:10:44.

before and I tell the young guys it is a great opportunity against some

:10:44.:10:48.

of these guys. Watched the tape, see how you can improve and get to

:10:48.:10:52.

that level. We will take positive from it, it was a great game.

:10:53.:10:56.

have been involved in British basketball for a long time. How

:10:56.:10:59.

important is tonight you guys and for the sport around the country?

:10:59.:11:03.

It is the biggest basketball event to date and Great Britain and I am

:11:03.:11:07.

glad that the fans came out to supporters and had fully we did

:11:07.:11:15.

them proud but obviously we were outplayed but it was a good day for

:11:15.:11:18.

British basketball and the younger generation will see this and go out

:11:18.:11:23.

and pick up a basketball. When do you guys go to the Olympic Village

:11:23.:11:26.

can start your countdown to preparation for the first game on

:11:26.:11:31.

the 20 night? We had to Belgium tomorrow for a game against Belgium

:11:31.:11:37.

and Tunisia, then to the Olympic village on Monday and we will be

:11:37.:11:40.

there for a week or two until the Olympics starts. Hopefully going

:11:40.:11:43.

back to the drawing board to see how we can improve and come to the

:11:43.:11:47.

Olympics a different team. You know you have to cut support of the

:11:47.:11:53.

country behind you. Best of luck. Thank you very much. Plenty of

:11:53.:11:57.

experience, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, somebody else who has experience,

:11:57.:12:02.

Robert Archibald. It doesn't get much tougher than teen USA?

:12:02.:12:06.

they are an incredible team. You grew up watching the skies and

:12:06.:12:10.

dream about being on the same court as them so it was a special

:12:10.:12:14.

experience -- watching these guys. I wish the result had been closer

:12:14.:12:19.

but we will get another chance at the Olympics. It was a tight start,

:12:19.:12:24.

the first quarter also. What was going through your mind the second,

:12:24.:12:27.

third and 4th when it started to get away from you? They made some

:12:27.:12:34.

threes, they opened up the game. The most obvious thing is they were

:12:34.:12:39.

taking laps and dunks at the other end before we got a chance to get

:12:39.:12:44.

back. But is the first thing we have to improve on in the game.

:12:44.:12:50.

played against some of the best teams in the world already, Spain,

:12:50.:12:53.

France, the USA, but where would you put yourself engaged way you

:12:53.:13:01.

are at the moment? It was tough. We played close with France and Spain.

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Tonight was a lopsided result. When we get into the group, if we play

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well in the games we have a chance to win and move forward to the

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quarter-finals so that is the first thing we are working for. You have

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Tunisia and Belgium to come. Absolutely, we have to take

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advantage of the time and those games to get to the point we want

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to be at going into the Olympics so we are firing on all cylinders when

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we get there. Are you looking forward to it? Very much so. Thank

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you. Thank you. John Amaechi has joined me. It was what we expected,

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the USA dominating, a 40 point deficit for Great Britain. Just

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talking to Pops Mensah-Bonsu, he sounded down about the manner of

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defeat. I think he will be disappointed. I think he knows that

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he has seen his team when he gets other people to step up, not just

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Pops, not just Luol Deng, when other people step-up consistently

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come up because we saw sparks from Lawrence and other players who gave

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them a lift, who handled the pressure and did a great job on

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defence but it was a piece of bacon -- it is episodic and when that

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happens you can lose by 40. He knows when they can pull together

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that it is unlikely they would have been them but we would be talking

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20 points, not 40, which is significantly different aspirations.

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They started with the STAND enthusiasm but the class of the USA

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wore them down by half-time? Yes, what we saw was similar to

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yesterday in the women's game, when the USA starts to run dead trouble

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starts. The reality is you cannot beat a team that is shooting a high

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percentage shot at the basket, dropping the ball through the net,

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when you are taking unbelievably difficult shots and we saw Luol

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Deng and pot Bose, incredibly difficult shots against two or

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three people -- and Pops. There were encouraging signs from Andrew

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Lawrence. That is the most important thing, not the time

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looking past the Olympics at all but what I want is for this team,

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these events, these games, to be an impetus for these young players to

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beat the new nucleus of teams moving forward. Let's look at the

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group's, USA and Great Britain will Realistically, I can Great Britain

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get out of that group? It is an incredibly difficult group. They do

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not have any games where you can say, yes, as long as you play well,

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you will win that. The fact is it is going to be really difficult to

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get out of the group. I am looking at his first game against Russia,

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an incredibly tough opponents. Can they pull some of these components

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that we have seen for a couple of minutes at a time, can they do it

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for four quarters? If they can, who knows? I think we are about to be

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joined by the start of the Great Britain team, Luol Deng. How are

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you? I will ask you to operate the Mike! Your reaction to the defeat

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You know, we did a lot of good things, but there is a lot we have

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got to work on. We have got to do a better job of handling pressure,

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that is where we lost the game. They pressured us and we turned the

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ball over. They are a hard team to maintain focus against for 40

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minutes, 80 coming in with manpowered. One of the things we

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mentioned was the fact that the USA know that you are a major threat,

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like every team that he will face, so that this enormous pressure on

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you, and you need the guys to step up around you. You feel that is

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going to happen? Definitely, we have just got to understand, a team

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like this, you have got to keep it close. They came out and made them

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run pretty much just kept building their run. As a team, we have got

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to understand that when they make a run, we have got to get the best

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shot that we could do. As soon as they made a run, we got out of

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character, we tried to do too much, but that is what happens when they

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take a lead. As a team, we cannot do that. Knowing that you are the

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number one man, is that pressure? do not believe in pressure, I work

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hard, and I leave it on the floor. Pressure is only if I do not have

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confidence in myself. I am working out, I believe in the guys working

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together, every night might not be my night, but the ultimate goal is

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to win. Playing hard and play in defence, that is not pressure for

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me. John, tell him your summary of the game. Exactly the same as yours,

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the fact is you know there has got to be other people stepping up, and

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the thing is, I think we are seeing signs of it. For two or three

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minutes, Lawrence, the younger guys doing their thing, being in exactly

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the right spot when you drive a dish, but only for a couple of

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minutes. What are you going to do to say, look, how can we get that

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going for a quarter? That is something we have been talking

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about, making sure that we get the best shot. The guys have got to

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understand, they have got to tell me not to get out of character,

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keep it simple, make the right place. Like you said, Andrew

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Lawrence is learning, and tonight, this is probably the best

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competition they ever played against. We showed that when we

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took care of the ball, we could play against them, we showed that

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we could play against Spain. It is all a learning process until it

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becomes comfortable, then they will relax and just play. When you

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started playing in this country so many years ago, could you have

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imagined playing in front of 17,000 people in Manchester against NBA

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players? A lot of people do not realise how far we have come along.

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I always got mad when there was no basketball on TV, and there was

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talent in this country. Now we have proved it, we are proving we can

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play with the best in the world, there is talent in this country,

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there is more for us towards the sport, especially with the an kids,

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and this is amazing. A few weeks ago, we had Scottie Pippin, Charles

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Barclay, and now we have these superstars, but people have got to

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recognise it is because of what GB has done, that is what brought them

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over. Absolutely right, thank you for chatting to us, we wish you all

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the best at the Olympics. Thank you. Thank you for having me. Luol Deng

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will be representing the Olympics, just around the corner. We are

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pulling out all the stops on the BBC to bring you all the action

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from the great events. We have but a new and innovative way to watch

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sure that you get the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime event.

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we have created a live interactive video player that allows you to

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I cannot wait for the opening ceremony, it is on Friday the 27th

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July on BBC One at 7pm. Well, back in Manchester, we have seen some

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tremendous action tonight. It has been a real pleasure to watch the

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NBA stars, guys like Kobe Bryant, such tremendous thrill, Deron

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Williams, there was a spell where every time he attended a three-

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pointer, he was sinking it. It is one of the amazing things of that

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standard, new line at a point were missing surprises you, where really

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your job every day is to make shots. You are not surprised by doing

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amazing things. In fact, we noted that there were some of the phases

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when people missed, Kevin Durant was surprised when he missed. That

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is not normal. These athletes are remarkable, and I'm hoping it will

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show some British kids that they can reach that level, too. I found

:22:28.:22:32.

it quite amusing that every time they slammed and was missed, the

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crowd seemed really upset, and then about 20 seconds later, someone

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would nail a three-pointer and the crowd would give polite applause.

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Yes, as if making a shot from inside is really the thing you are

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watching for, but making a shot from 25 ft is nothing at all. I

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think we have raised the expectations of crowds watching

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basketball now. They know that they should make it almost every time.

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As you know, the Olympics can propel sports further, give them

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more support in the country. How much do you think basketball is

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going to benefit from what we have seen tonight at what is coming up

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over the next three weeks? In an emotional and inspirational sense,

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it is going to be really helpful. People have never seen it before

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will see remarkable play that will inspire them, maybe to try the

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sport. My worry, my concern is that they are going to be inspired and

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then when they try to find some infrastructure, a place to play, a

:23:26.:23:30.

coach to coach them, that may be missing. So I'm hoping that the

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coaches are scrambling right now to make sure they have the capacity to

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take on newly inspired kids. one thing I also wanted to ask you,

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do you think, having seen the NBA team at close, are they a match for

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the 1992 dream team? Or are they miles behind Quest are the problem

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I have is that I know a lot of the 1992 team. I am an old timer, I

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like that team, there was something Stapeley about it. This team is

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very different. It is younger, more dynamic, more athletic than any

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team we have seen on the floor. But in terms of the way they play

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together, they are not quite the dream yet. Let's remind you of some

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of the sport coming up on the BBC in the next couple of days. We have

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got athletics, the Diamond League in Monaco, the last lap of

:24:20.:24:25.

athletics action ahead of the Olympics. And also tomorrow, we

:24:25.:24:28.

have got action from Match of the Day live, Great Britain's women

:24:28.:24:34.

play Sweden, then the men will play against Brazil, we believe Daniel

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Sturridge will get a run-out. It has been a fantastic night, thank

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Rishi Persad presents live coverage from Manchester Arena as Great Britain's men's basketball team gears up for the Olympics by facing the world's best side, 2008 gold medallists, the United States. The game offers fans the chance to watch some of the biggest names in the NBA, with LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard all part of the USA's Olympic set-up, but the home team has NBA pedigree of its own in the shape of Chicago Bulls star Luol Deng. Commentary comes from Mike Carlson and John Amaechi.


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