August 08, 2008
You've no doubt seen this video by now — at other sites, on your television screen, in the 10-man rotation three days ago — but here it is once again in all its rockets red glare glory. If you're American, make sure you have some tissues nearby.
For those without soul, Marvin Gaye performed that sexy rendition of the Star Spangled Banner back at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles. Dr. J went on to score a game-high 25 points in leading the East to a 132-123 victory over the West, its fourth in a row. Reggie Theus shot 0-for-5.
And now, after the jump, a few Olympic basketball links to take us to the weekend ...
• Kelly Dwyer — hey, that name sounds familiar — has five questions for Team USA.
• FirstCuts showcases the Nike/Jordan Brand/Converse "United We Rise" shoe pack.
• Greg Dohmann, writing at TrueHoop, has some advice for Team USA: nail those free throws, kids.
• Lang Whitaker at SLAM Online tells you why Team USA will win the gold.
• Finally, here is your Team USA preliminary TV schedule. (Note: All times are Eastern — set your DVRs and TiVos accordingly.)
Sunday, August 10th, 10:15 AM EST
Team USA vs. China (live on NBC, live bloggin' on Ball Don't Lie)
Tuesday, August 12th, 8 AM EST
Team USA vs. Angola (live on the USA network)
Thursday, August 14th, 8 AM EST
Team USA vs. Greece
Saturday, August 16th, 10:15 AM EST
Team USA vs. Spain (live on NBC)
Monday, August 18th, 8 AM EST
Team USA vs. Germany (live on the USA network)
OK, that's it. We'll see you back here on Sunday morning (hungry and hungover) to live blog the USA/China game.