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I just chose which I thought looked better and got about 2/3

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For those who enjoy the "challenge " of Where's Waldo? books
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Originally Posted by venividivicibj View Post

I just chose which I thought looked better and got about 2/3

I did this for a lot of them. Some of the colors looked off. Some of them looked wrong from a design standpoint (the Bucks antlers).


Also had no idea it was Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club. Also was ashamed I couldn't remember if the Celtics mascot had a pipe or not
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so i finally got a chance to watch a bball game for the first time in what seems like a year. USA v. France

i've been hearing about how this team is shaky and wow i see why. absolutely shit defense. like, awful, awful, awful. these superstars are getting beat off the dribble and on back cuts by guys who can't even make the NBA. it's not even a scheme thing where the other team devises screens or motion offenses to get guys open. the US was getting beaten on drives, got caught asleep on back cuts, and was lazy closing out on drive-and-kicks. and with COACH K AND THIBS coaching!!

next, is something different with the Olympic ball? the US players were losing it for totally random reasons. i did notice that the French guys seemed to have no problem with it.

lastly, it seems like the team relies on someone to catch fire and outshoot the entire opposing team. it was Melo against Australia, here it was Klay. not the best strategy when it's a layup line at the other end.

here are the players who were absolutely useless:
Derozan
Paul George
Draymond


Klay, Carmelo, Kyrie, Jordan, Cousins and Lowry played well. KD had great stats but was a total negative defensively and on the boards


i wouldn't be surprised at all if this team lost in the semis.
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Originally Posted by HRoi View Post

next, is something different with the Olympic ball? the US players were losing it for totally random reasons. i did notice that the French guys seemed to have no problem with it.

Yes, the ball is slightly smaller and has panels. Some of the panels don't have the texture of the NBA ball so can be described as "slippery".
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Yes, the ball is slightly smaller and has panels. Some of the panels don't have the texture of the NBA ball so can be described as "slippery".

the ball is identical size and has a good grip, that's a total non-story
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the ball is identical size and has a good grip, that's a total non-story

Interesting. I was quoting the announcers from USA's first game against China.
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Size is the same for sure(29.5") for both NBA Spalding and Molten that FIBA uses. Spaldings vs Moltens i played with are maybe a tad stickier but I have Trump-sized hands so it may be an issue for me but for someone with mutant sized hands like Durant or Carmelo it's not an issue at all, they also had plenty of time to get used to these balls.
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The USA players just don't appear to be playing very hard. They keep staring at the ball, double teaming players who are not going to shoot a contested shot 1 on 1, losing their man on defense constantly, and unable to box out. These are all simple things to do at the NBA level, but are just not being executed at all.

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This team is much more reminiscent of the 2004 team in terms of effort, and even the A- level of players relative to other teams, such as the 2008 and 2012. I know LBJ gets a lot of hate, but I do not see such close games happening under his watch vs. Melo's. That said, Melo suited up this year, so kudos to him.
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On the flip side, if the USA does start playing well (or even up to expectations), they could easily cruise to gold.

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Appropriately named "The Meme Team"
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Originally Posted by wojt View Post

Size is the same for sure(29.5") for both NBA Spalding and Molten that FIBA uses. Spaldings vs Moltens i played with are maybe a tad stickier but I have Trump-sized hands so it may be an issue for me but for someone with mutant sized hands like Durant or Carmelo it's not an issue at all, they also had plenty of time to get used to these balls.

Actually I read that Durant has really really small hands particularly for his height and can't palm the ball off the dribble
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i just googled him, yes small for 6'11 but not that small i'd guess most bastball players can't palm of the dribble and there were plenty of great ball handlers with small hands like Steve Nash so you'd gotta ask wheter having small hands would even play a major role in your losing it off the dribble
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