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August 6, 2008

Olympics – Basketball: Redeem Team Arrives in Beijing With 5-0 Record

 The ‘Redeem Team’ wrapped up its exhibition schedule with its toughest test, pulling away and beating Australia 87-76 Tuesday night in Shanghai, China – their final game before heading to Beijing.

The United States led by only four points nearly halfway through the third quarter and was up by seven midway through the fourth against an Australian team that was resting its best player, Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut.

Dwyane Wade scored 22 points; LeBron James had 16; Kobe Bryant scored 13 points and Carmelo Anthony had 12 points with 10 rebounds.  We finished three of 18 from behind the arc and 20 of 33 (61 percent) at the foul line.

Team USA arrived in Beijing amid near pandemonium.  When the team arrived at Beijing’s airport on Wednesday dozens of fans, most wielding cell phones or digital cameras, who had mounted a spiked iron fence to get a closer look at their American basketball heroes were on-hand screaming and shouting.  Many shouted “Kou-bi-er” — the local rendering of Bryant’s name — in hopes of getting his attention.  Later in the day the players held a team meeting before deciding to head to the Olympic village to take in the sights.

Team USA plays China on Sunday, August 10 at 10:15am EST

USA/Russia – Sunday, August 3

USA/Australia – Tuesday, August 5

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August 2, 2008

Olympics – Basketball: USA Redeem Team 3-0, Looking Really Good

 Team U.S. A has arrived in Macau, China.  Macau is on the SE coast of China just a 50 minute ferry ride SW of Hong Kong and a three hour flight to Beijing.  Macau was both the first and the last European colony in China.  Portuguese traders first settled in Macau in the 16th century and subsequently administered the region until the ‘handover’ on December 20, 1999.  Macau is the most densely populated region in the world; with a population density of 18,428 persons per kilometer (one kilometer is .062 of a mile). 

Five percent of Macau’s population is Chinese; another two percent is of mixed Chinese/Portuguese descent, an ethnic group often referred to as Macanese. Macau is believed to have the best food on the Chinese continent and Macau is clean and fog free!

Before they arrived in China, Team USA had their exhibition opener against Canada.  They scored, they dazzled and they dunked – they beat Canada 120-65.  Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Michael Redd each had game-high total of 20 points each.

 Kobe Bryant played 23 minutes and scored 15 points, making six of 10 shots.  The U.S. shot 65.7%, Canada just 33.3%. The rebounding department was equally one-sided, the U.S. outrebounding Canada, 38-24.


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