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Nicolas Batum thinks a few teams could beat Team USA

Jul 30, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

US forward LeBron James (L) challenges F Getty Images

It’s not going to happen this week. Tunisia and Nigeria are no threat to the United States, and while they have some talent Lithuania really isn’t either.

But next week against Argentina then moving into the medal round play things are going to get serious for Team USA. They need to start playing better because their opponents will.

France’s Nicolas Batum said he thinks the USA could lose one game, and maybe a key one. The Oregonian has Batum’s postgame comments after France lost to the United States and he thought they were somewhat vulnerable.

“During the preparation (for the Olympics) they didn’t blow out every team,” Batum said. “They won by six against Argentina, I think they won by 11 against Brazil (he’s correct). So, they can lose one game, maybe…

“(To beat the USA) You need to play a 40 minute game, control the rebounds, take care of the ball and play good defense. Some teams can do it and I think some teams can beat them. Really. Spain, Argentina, Brazil, a lot of teams can beat them.”

I think Batum is right about this — if we were talking a seven game series we could just turn the gold over to Team USA right now. But for one night, if the USA is cold from the outside and the opponent doesn’t turn the ball over, they can be beat. Spain might only win 2 or 3 out of 10 games against the USA, but on one given night they would get the one win they need in the Olympics.

Batum added it will not be easy. Batum also talked about the perceived weakness of the USA — size.

“Everyone says they are small, but LeBron is the size of every big on the other team. And (Kevin Durant) is longer than every big guy on the other team, too,” Batum said.

Yes, LeBron is the best power forward in the game today. And the best small forward. International coaches can spend a day in Scotty Brook’s shoes and figure out how to stop him.

  1. james2111 - Jul 30, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Well Nicholas, France isn’t one of them!

    • connaniii - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:12 AM

      With Parker in shape it might’ve played out differently

  2. thegrey7 - Jul 30, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Russia could beat USA because they have AK-47 and Russian Rubio.

    • kw93 - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:00 PM

      So what your saying is that the Timberwolves are going to win it all next year? They have AK-47, Russian Rubio, and Ricky Rubio?

  3. mitchem85 - Jul 30, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    thegrey7, hate to break it to ya, but rubio isn’t playing in the Olympics this year. LOL I woulda thought someone putting their 2cents in.about who could be USA would know that..

  4. cbt22 - Jul 30, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    You clearly didn’t read thegrey7’s comment. He said the RUSSIAN Rubio also know as Alexy Shved.

  5. livingsacrifice86 - Jul 30, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Coming from a guy who’s team got smoked by 30….

  6. fnc111 - Jul 30, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    All these foreign tards say this crap right after they lose to the USA team. They sound jealous and should just shut up since they play in the U.S.

  7. robertb655 - Jul 30, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Your punishment is being stuck in Portland lol

  8. tonystrong - Jul 30, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    The United States has proven since 92 that when it sends their BEST players to the Olympics, they will go undefeated and win the Gold. Only once did this not happen and if the NBA sent out all it’s best player that year, they would have dominated and won the Gold. No Kobe, Shaq, KG, Tracy McGrady, Ray Allen, Pierce, Kidd and I can name other players who were on the all-star team that year that didn’t play in Greece. Wade, Melo, and Lebron were babies who begged to be on the team, Allen Iverson was given a spot out of pity as well. It was a sad team that had like 6 guys on it who weren’t even all-star caliber players. The United States has shown that when it sends it’s best, the Gold medal is a forgone conclusion and the NBA has it’s best over there now (minus the injured) right now! It’s funny how everyone says the United States are beatable yet they never lose. 2008, 2010, and 2012 is next. Noticing a trend? Oh yeah, it’s the trend that shows when the U.S. gets commitments from it’s players and guys actually want to go, they will win!

  9. 00maltliquor - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:27 AM

    Nic Batum also thinks he’s worth $46 million over the course of 4 years. Point being, who cares what Nic Batum thinks.

  10. paulhargis53 - Jul 31, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Another post from malt disparaging a guy for having a different take then him? Color me suprised.
    So, Batum isn’t supposed to voice his opinion? Uff.
    I don’t see them getting the Gold.
    By the way, this faux patriotism gets sickening. If the NBA guys weren’t playing, none of you would give a turkey about the Olympics. It’s easy to root for a “sure thing”.

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