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What kind of dominance has the US team had in the history of the Olympics?
From basketball being officially included in the competition in 1936, to the 11th Olympic Games in 1988, they won 9 championships, once lost to the Soviet Union, which had a controversial penalty, and once did not participate because of the boycott. Basketball is the “game” of the Americans.
Without even a foil, this kind of plot didn’t end until 1988, when a basketball player “hated” by Americans appeared in this world-Avedas Sabonis.
Olympic Games knock out U.S., force out Dream Team
In the men’s basketball semifinals in 1988, the Soviet Union played against the United States. The end of the Cold War made the political significance of this match less and less. The proud Americans have David Robinson and Danny Manning, two NBA No.
With Richmond, a super scorer, and a group of young talents who have made a splash in the NCAA, they have no reason to lose to the Soviet Union.
But not long after the start of the game, the Americans realized that they were too arrogant. There was a monster with a height of 221 cm hidden in the Soviet Union. David Robinson was the starting center for that game, and Sabonis was beaten too hard.
Bei, “He is unbelievable, his huge body is still flexible, I have never met such a big man.”
The guy wearing the No. 11 jersey can jump up behind Robinson when he is stuck, hook the rebound, and then take advantage of the momentum to score a slam dunk. His signature jumper is repeatedly blocked by Sabonis.
After getting a backcourt rebound, Sabonis can throw the ball directly to the frontcourt to find a running teammate… Back pass, baseline support, and distribution of the ball, a center is actually organizing the offense.
Sabonis scored 13 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block in the whole game.
Position, block, turn and hook, dodge, force, you come and go, evenly matched.
He single-handedly built an insurmountable line of defense in the penalty area, blocked the United States’ attacks again and again, and kept the Americans out of the final gate. They lost convincingly for the first time in 36 years.
In 1992, a lineup of NBA superstars including Jordan, Barkley, Malone, and Magic Johnson, including Robinson, who had hated four years ago, appeared in Barcelona. It can be said that the existence of Sabonis forced the strongest American team to a certain extent.
These NBA superstars gave up their vacations and came here without hesitation, just to re-defend the dignity of the basketball country, and of course there is an opponent worthy of all efforts-Sabonis.
Almighty king of Europe, the roof of the world other than the four major centers
At the age of 13, Sabonis started practicing basketball because he was far taller than his peers. At the age of 15, he joined the Soviet youth team. At the age of 16, he joined the Kaunas team in Lithuania. At that time, the final destination of all outstanding sports talents was CSKA Moscow.
The domestic league juggernaut has an officially sanctioned “attraction”.
Kaunas played a trick and let him register as a student at a local agricultural college, and CSKA could only be “greedy”.
At the age of 18, he has become the best player in this great country that occupies one-sixth of the world’s land area. He won the gold medal in the World Championships and the European Championship. From 1985 to 1987, the Kaunas team won three consecutive championships in the league.
At the age of 19, Bill Walton, the former champion center of the Trail Blazers, saw Sabonis play for the first time. “Sabonis got a quadruple-double in almost halftime. A few colleagues and I looked at each other in surprise.
mouth shut. He can do everything on the court, like a Larry Bird and Maravich hybrid, Olajuwon’s athleticism, and can shoot the three-pointer? My God
, pass the ball, play fast breaks, handle the ball, there is nothing he can’t do.” Walton joked, “We should have kidnapped him to the United States at that time.”
He earned the nickname “The Roof of the World” for his height on the basketball court.
Under the national conditions at that time, he was the “state property” of the Soviet people. Just like Yao Ming, he had to play a lot of games, and he couldn’t miss even the unimportant warm-up games.
Found this genius.
In 1992, Sabonis joined Real Madrid, one of the best clubs in Europe at the time, and the later NBA Qiansheng coach George Karl had just left. Karl was very sorry when he heard the news, “I missed the opportunity to coach Sabonis.
What a pity. I told all the NBA scouts that Kukoc and Sabonis were the best players in Europe at the time, and Kukoc was already NBA-caliber. And Sabonis was the best player.”
Landed in the NBA at the age of 31, but his weak knee still defeated the United States
“He has everything in basketball except a durable body.”
The Hawks and Trail Blazers drafted him twice without his permission, and the chances are slim, but what if Sabonis comes?
They understand what it means for this all-round European MVP to come to the team, but what lies between Sabonis and the NBA is the great power game between the Soviet Union and the United States. Under the circumstances at that time, let alone a Soviet fly
Flying into the United States may be regarded as a spy.
At the age of 31, the Soviet Union has disintegrated,