Yao Ming finally had a great game -- hitting all but one of his 11 shots -- and China got a win, against Angola.
Chris Bosh is starting to seem like he might really be as cool as famous athletes are often portrayed to be. Seriously, if you have friends of family who think athletes are dumb, thoughtless, jocks, have them over to dinner with Chris Bosh. (Chris's schedule permitting, of course.) He's hilarious and thoughtful. He gets it. Here he is on video, talking about, among other things, the former lost boy of Sudan, Lopez Lomong, who carried the flag for the United States in the opening ceremonies. He is also playing well.
Dwyane Wade is not the only Olympian who is not eating the super-healthy diet you'd expect.
Talk about a lack of respect for human dignity.
TrueHoop reader Jorge wonders: "I haven't seen this issue brought up before, but are some of the basketball players competing in the Olympics facing a slight conflict of interest when they play against their NBA teammates from other countries? For example, would Chris Bosh be hesitant to give Jose Calderon a hard foul when the US plays Spain? How would he react if another U.S. player did it? What if Nate McMillan had some inside info about Rudy Fernandez that would help Team USA? Would he divulge it, or try to keep it hidden? Is there an etiquette about this sort of thing"
Britt Robson of the Rake: "What Wade did today was put himself back in the LeBron-Kobe conversation about who is the best player in basketball today. As he was before his injuries, Wade is an intriguing third, and might embolden his followers to try and bump him up if he continues to play defense like he has in these games. I know it is sacrosanct to make comparisons with the original Dreamers, but how amazing is this USA ballclub that they can actually ambush opponents with a guy like Wade? I mean, Greece can honestly say they didn't really see Wade coming; they were too busy preparing for LeBron and Kobe. The play of the game was the second quarter steal by Wade and his immediate dish--in the course of saving the ball from going out of bounds--to Kobe for the alley oop. Wade dropped another gleaming dime shortly after that. Then LeBron had a steal where he shrugged off a Greek trying to mug him before he touched the ball, grabbed the ball, and did a backwards over-the-head slam after bringing the rock below his waist. Then Chris Bosh scored twice in transition in the final minutes of the half. No disrespect to Dwight Howard, who had his best game defensively when the team needed him most, but Bosh is as good on D in the low block, better at showing on the pick and roll, and light years better at catching and finishing in transition. The play of Bosh and Wade in particular have made me look smart (when in fact I don't know the international game at all) by claiming that the USA doesn't need to load up from long-distance, just shut down the opposing treys and get hoops in transition. When the defense is as good as it has been thus far, and you've got guys elevating their passing, like Wade, and finishing, like Bosh, it's go-go all the time. Wade hit 17 of his first 20 shots of the tournament."
If you wish you were in Beijing, shuttling around from event to event, bumping into athletes who recently became vegan, and coping with the stench of cooked silkworms, then you must read this first-hand account. And when people ask the difference between a sports writer and a sports blogger, I guess part of the answer involves pointing out that a sports writer probably wouldn't have this line in a story from the Olympics, as Dan Steinberg did on his Beijing Sports Smog: "I guess sports were played, somewhere."
This has nothing to do with basketball, but swimmer Natalie du Toit has to be one of the most inspiring athletes I've ever heard of. She competes in both the Paralympic and Olympic Games.