Since 1992 when NBA players started to compete in the Olympic and World games, the superiority of US basketball has thrilled (and humbled) the rest of the world. However since the legendary Dream Team of 1992 each US basketball team has gotten weaker (with the best of the NBA deciding that they had better things to do in the summer). Despite this, the US continued to dominate until 2 years ago when they lost 3 times in the world games. The talk of the international basketball community is that the dominance of Team USA (the NBA) is no longer! Indeed, my brother in-laws are visiting from Spain (both basketball fanatics), and they have been telling me this since they got of the plane. Neither feel that Team USA is going to win a gold medal. I assured them that Team USA would be fine, and that their performance 2 years ago was a fluke (and they had a bad coach in George Karl). Well no sooner did I say that when Team USA lost to Italy!! Now Team USA needed a buzzer beater to get by Germany yesterday. I realize these are exhibition games (and that many of these European teams now have NBA players on them). However this being said, what is wrong with Team USA??? Can we still afford to not send the very best of the NBA against them? I am not very patriotic, but this is becoming a matter of pride for me. If not national...then racial because Team USA is mostly African American, and the European teams are mostly lily-white. Come on Team USA basketball is suppose to be our sport, and you are embarrasing us!!