Blogtable: A World Cup celebration

Each week, we’ll ask our stable of scribes across the globe to weigh in on the most important NBA topics of the day — and then give you a chance to step on the scale, too, in the comments below.


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> What’s been your favorite part of the FIBA Basketball World Cup so far?

Anthony Davis (David Dow/NBAE)

Anthony Davis (David Dow/NBAE)

Fran Blinebury, NBA.com: Watching Anthony Davis embrace the role of the big dog. He’s making me look forward, even more than I was already, to what he can do this season to lift the Pelicans into the Western Conference playoff mix. Close behind is Kenneth Faried, who most of the experts did not see as having a place on the team, as he keeps on showing that hustle and ferocious hard work always have a place in any game, on any team.

Jeff Caplan, NBA.com: Honestly, I’ve enjoyed watching the U.S. sans its biggest stars. So many of these players are young and growing in skill and leadership. To that end, I liked seeing Turkey push the U.S. I like seeing our guys with their backs against the wall a bit and having to dig down to find the answer. Especially fun as the tournament moves along will be to see which players lead Team USA when it finds itself in trouble, and then to see if maturity discovered in Spain transfers to the NBA season.

John Schuhmann, NBA.com: The atmosphere in the building when the Spanish National Team plays a good team. The crowd was loud for their first two games, but when they met Brazil on Monday, the place was pretty crazy. The team is talented, deep and cohesive. Some of their key players (Gasols, La Bomba) are in their best shape of the last few years, clearly determined to win this thing. And they have a raucous crowd behind them. I don’t want to look past what is a crowded second tier of teams, but the potential of an epic USA-Spain gold medal game is hard to overlook every single time both teams take the floor.

Sekou Smith, NBA.comThe fans. No, really. They make the atmosphere when you are on site. We’ve all seen thousands of games, some in person and some on the TV. But when you’re in the arena and the stands are jumping from the fans pounding their feet and the noisemakers (artificial and organic) are cranked up to the max, there’s nothing like it. Finland has a crew, thousands strong, here in Bilbao that have absolutely taken this city of 350,000 by storm. Everywhere you go around town you see the colors and the flags and the jerseys. It’s an awesome thing to see and it’s something that’s completely different from the NBA.

Lang Whitaker, NBA.com’s All Ball blog: I’d say the sustained play of Anthony Davis on this level, which is probably the largest stage of his professional career thus far. New Orleans fans and hardcore NBA fans saw what a great player he developed into last season, but with the Pelicans out of the playoffs hunt for most of the season, I’m not sure if his exploits received the full attention they deserved. Now the world is watching, and Davis has acquitted himself well. I keep going back to a play I saw in person in an exhibition against the Dominican Republic, when a player pump-faked Davis, got him up in the air, drove around him and put up a shot, and Davis reached those long arms way back and still blocked the guy’s shot. Oh, and he’s still just 21 years old. He’s gonna be a great one.

11 Comments

  1. helveyn says:

    The philippines won just 1 ballgame but they give thier opponents a goo challenge evrytime they played against top teams in the world,the PHILIPPINES is now celebrating in thier win against SENEGAL and hte whole nation PHILIPPINES is now looking for more in the upcoming international competition,WATCH OUT FOR PHILIPPINES….they will beat anybody in the world.

  2. mark says:

    Watching the philippines play every game with all their heart and they almost beat their opponents!!!

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  4. krespino says:

    Spain will have to play and oust several strong teams reaching the final game, teams on USA’s path are weaker. This is an advantage for US team as Spain will normally be worn out and tired, but in a way it may prove to be a disadvantage since the US team will not have experienced playing a real tough team. It would not be anything like they had faced before that game.

  5. krespino says:

    Spain will have to play and oust several strong teams till they reach the finals, all strong teams are on Spain’s side of competition, teams on USA’s side are easier to beat. This is a big advantage for the USA team as Spain will normally be worn out and tired when it’s time for the final game. It may also prove to be a disadvantage though since the USA team will not have played a real tough team until they face the real challenge.

  6. Filipino Idiot says:

    Good. Dont ever include that guy from the Philippines in discussions like these. You know what he will tell you.

  7. harriethehawk says:

    What has been refreshing to me, is to see players who don’t necessarily shine on their NBA team, shine on their own countries team. Like Gustavo Ayon from the Hawks playing for Mexico.