Blame NBA and their referees for USA struggles!!!
Team USA is 5-0, but they have struggled in a couple games. This struggle should be traced back to NBA games and how they are calling the games. There is NO superstar treatment in international play!!! This is why USA has struggled in the recent past and even today. James, Wade and the rest are so accustomed to getting "superstar" calls, they are having to adjust to the way they are calling the games in the WBC. In the NBA many players hate playing against the likes of Nocioni because he plays so hard. In international play ALL players play like that. In a way, and in my opinion only, I believe the NBA pampers their stars a little too much. They aid in making superstars. Is the NBA that worried about it's future? It's beautiful to watch games like USA vs Italy because Team Italy has NOT ONE NBA player on the team, yet they had a chance at victory! They play hard and most importantly, they play SMART BASKETBALL!! USA has been relying too much on there athleticism to the point it makes me wonder if they can win any other way. In NBA games there are too many touch fouls and "and one" calls for superstar players. Imagine a rookie guarding Kobe Bryant at the end of the game. Instant FOUL no matter how good his defense. Team USA is not getting those kind of calls in international play. That's the way it should be. These refs don't give a damn what your name is. They just call the game!! That's the way it should be in the NBA.