Why exactly do we bother with these international basketball competitions? The U. S. team has nothing to gain and everything to lose by sending our pros into these tournaments. Nobody really doubts that America is still king of the hardwood. If we win, nobody cares. We can only tarnish our reputation by losing to relatively untalented teams that play together all of the time and are highly motivated to put their country on the basketball map.
This concludes the least original thought that I have ever committed to text on this site.