Originally Posted by Positive
Remember when you said it was the World Championships that were the most important and had the highest amount of competition. I recall you saying that Americans could never win it because everyone else viewed this as the most important tournament. But then the Americans won with their B/C team and now it becomes EuroBasket that is the toughest?
I never said World Championship was harder than EuroBasket. I said it was harder than Olympics.
World Championship is harder to win than Olympics because pretty much all the best teams are there. In the Olympics only a small amount are there.
So World Championship is harder than the Olympics, as they both have also really weak teams as well. EuroBasket is another story.
There is no USA but other than that the tournament is a freaking war. It is by far the most difficult and hardest competition and ask any player that played in all 3 and they say the same thing. That EuroBasket is way more tougher of a tournament than Olympics and World Championship.
These are just simply facts of international basketball. Olympics is the #3 tournament in terms of the level of the competition. It is #1 in terms of hype because it is the Olympics and because of NBA marketing.
EuroBasket is an extremely hard tournament. Spain has 2 wins in their entire history and just would have 3 if they beat France. France as far as I remember I don't even think they ever won it at all.
Of course according to American NBA fans - they probably think they each have like 15 gold medals at EuroBasket due to "all those NBA players".
And really, this is just exaggerated now. Because in the past, Argentina was a power so the Olympics at least had them also. But today, Argentina is a worse team than a whole bunch of European teams that did not even qualify.
So the disparity in the EuroBasket and Olympics is even widening.