The USA is no longer the evident global leader in basketball. There’s no denying that anymore. After two exhibition game losses against Nigeria and Australia, the USA lost their Olympics game opener against France 83-76, following a monster game by Evan Fournier.
Team USA will have to make serious adjustments if they plan to reclaim their golden fame. This was their first loss at the Olympic games since 2004. Here’s what the internet had to say about the shocking loss.
Easiest money I’ve ever made only sorry I didn’t have enough to give it out as I had France +12.5 on a gut play !looked at team and who coached them and it was a no brainer ! #usabasketball #gamblingtwitter told my boy @jjansen34 we ain’t that good @WinDailySports @ESPN1000— Mike North (@North2North) July 25, 2021
#USA first loss in the #Olympics since 2004.
Credit #FRA for playing like a team and fighting through runs.
16-2 for France to end the game.
Embarrassing for Popovich and Co. pic.twitter.com/Eelp9KrCgz— CHRIS TORELLO (@TorelloSports) July 25, 2021
The last three NBA MVPs and the Defensive Player of the Years were Europeans (including one European Rookie of the Year). Three of the five players in the All-NBA Team this year were Europeans. And people are shocked when #USA lose games. #Olympics #Basketball #Fra— Çetin Cem Yılmaz (@cetincem) July 25, 2021
Oh…playing isolation basketball almost every possession down the floor doesn’t work…? #usabasketball— Tyler Terens (@TNTerens) July 25, 2021
#usabasketball doesn’t look good at all this morning. Not only are superstars playing timidly, the team doesn’t have chemistry and looked terrible down the stretch.— Isaiah Thomas (@candidateTHOMAS) July 25, 2021
Jrue and Draymond were solid but otherwise definitely a lot of questions. It starts with Dam & KD.
Not surprised, The USA has to circumvent having an AAU roster playing against seasoned teams! #usabasketball Legler: Team USA should feel embarrassed after loss to France – via @ESPN App https://t.co/bThsd6UrGo— Eddie A Johnson (@Jumpshot8) July 25, 2021