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The Olympic Basketball Games for 2008 are about to begin in Beijing, China, home of the 2008 Summer Olympics.  Team USA is finishing its preparation for The Games in Macau and Shanghai and is doing quite well.  The first exhibition games have been blowouts and the games are bearing a striking resemblence to the Dream Team of 1992 with Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Isiah Thomas and many others.  This year's team is bringing back the running style of play which is creating high scoring outputs for all of the Team's superstars.  The bench is deep as any player on the team can score 20 points a night.

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The U.S. Team is going to have to prepare heavily for each game and put its best effort into each game.  Complacency could lead to an upset by any team.  Team USA will have to show that 2008 is the year to reclaim America's glory in the Olympics for basketball and will have to put forth an equivalent effort.  The Summer Olympics in Beijing are a great place to showcase the talent pool of basketball players from around the world.  The Chinese will have Yao Ming representing them, and will provide a formidable opponent for all of their challengers.  Argentina is coming in as defending Gold Medalists.  Germany has Dirk Nowtizki leading the way.  The style of play in the Olympics is different than the style of play in the NBA, generally.  It appears that Team USA will attempt to dictate the pace of the games and force an uptempo game.  This is in their favor, in my opinion, as their atheletic ability and skill level is well suited to run and gun against all comers.

It is going to be fun to watch. Go U.S.A!  This article was written by the site owner and administrator of  My Baseball Card Space

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