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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Learning from basketball for US

Playing by world's rules isn't enough, respecting and internalising them is essential. Otherwise, you play for third place.

However, there were some important learnings for USA from it's recent flop in World Basketball championships.
  1. The first is that overconfidence will kill you.
  2. The second is that the Miami Heat model of hoping you will get hot at the right time and win a championship will not work. You need a team which is greater than the sum of its parts.
  3. The third is that American superheroes do far better within the boundaries of the country. Flash isn't Flash anymore, when you pass the international border.
  4. The fourth is listen to Dan Wetzel, the wisest analyst in any field that I have seen coming out of USA in the last few years.
  5. The last and most notable one was that 'you can't win by just going in and firing from close range, sometimes you need carefully planned out shots from the outside.' This is true for the country as well.


Anonymous Dodo said...

This isn't a big deal for the majority of Americans, who are oblivious to the existence of anything/everything beyond their borders. They play 'World Series' among themselves, and become 'World Champions' of the USA.

Saturday, September 02, 2006 2:43:00 PM

Blogger pentium77 said...

This is hardly surprising. The US Basketball team traditionally consists of more foreign Born players than the natives. The Olympic Gold which they won sometime in the 80's also had a record number of foreign born players.

Sunday, September 03, 2006 3:57:00 AM

Blogger dhoomketu said...

Dodo, yes, but over here, the American's actually tried real hard to win the championship. Other than perhaps, Kobe Bryant, all other available superstars were tried for selection. Still the team lost.

Pentium77, I am not sure that holds true for this bunch. And the Dream team with which every team will be compared. Magic, Larry, Michael, Charles, Clyde, Karl, Scottie, David, John were all born in US.

Sunday, September 03, 2006 6:53:00 AM


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