Since my social life is so out of this world awesome and my life is just one big wild party, I spent my Friday evening watching :03 From Gold. Some of you have probably seen it (released in 2002) and most of you know the history of the 1972 gold medal basketball game with the Soviets but, if you’re a basketball junkie and history nerd like me, it’s definitely worth the hour or so of watching. It captures all of the fundamental basics of the story (USA gets robbed) but offers some interesting facts and theories behind what led up to what would go down as US basketball’s first Olympic loss.
According to the film, the Soviets, while putting a premium on athletics, neglected to put an emphasis on basketball until American coaches like Adolph Rupp hosted international coaches for basketball clinics. It also takes an interesting look at how the amateur game was affected way back then by the allure of a paycheck as guys like Dr. J left school early, thus making them ineligible for the Olympics. This, along with college basketball’s most dominant player, Bill Walton (who the Russians make fun of for being “a hippie”), opting not to play, left the Americans with what the film called a “seventh or eighth string team” that included Georgetown College’s Kenny Davis. The picture also says that the Americans wanted to leave after the tragic shootings of Israeli Olympians and the Soviets, who did not attend the memorial because they didn’t recognize Israel as a state, never stopped focusing on the game.
Overall, a pretty interesting flick. You should take the time to check it out the next time you’re having a wild Beisner-like Friday night.
A few notes….
– First of all, our man Dustin continues to have a monopoly on all of the good posts on KSR and is still in Virginia covering the NBA Top 100 camp. Tonight, Zag’s Blog cited Dustin’s tweet about Harrison Barnes and UK as the top one of the day regarding the camp. Here is what was said:
Barnes denies “the” comment was meant to be a knock on KY & that any “leaders” would b premature cuz he hasn’t seen other schools, like UK
Sir Rumbaugh will have a Day Two wrapup shortly (tonight maybe?), but make sure you follow him on Twitter here. He dishes out solid info all day, every day.
– As you anxiously await our NBA Draft Live Blog, I have something else you can get ready for: Bruce Pearl will serve as a draft analyst on NBATV. Pearl, I’m sure, was not invited for his colorful personality or his goofy clothing. He had to have been asked to analyze the draft because he’s sent so many players to the NBA. Oh wait….
– Speaking of the NBA Draft, The Bo says that he believes Jodie Meeks will be taken in the first round Thursday. Of course, he follows it by saying that Meeks will be “midfirst to early second round”, which confuses me a bit. But, he said he talked to four scouts and two had Meeks in the first. Let’s hope he’s right.
– Also, I hope I’m not stealing any of Sir Rumbaugh’s thunda here, but Jody Demling is reporting that Mychal Parker will be visiting UK. The 6’6″ four-star prospect is ranked as the # 6 small forward in the class of 2010 and 34th player overal. Here he is at work:
See you in a few. Until then….