Originally Posted by TaLvsCuaL
Here several factors:
NBA rules favor the athletic players much more than FIBA rules.
NBA players are not used to playing under FIBA rules.
Spain has been playing a long time together.
Spain is enjoying a unique generation of players, especially Pau and Navarro are two of the best European players in history.
USA did not take some of their best players.
FIBA rules are now almost identical to NBA rules, even the way refs interpret fouls is 100% copied from the NBA now.
What you claim was only true in the past.