skangles, on 13 September 2011 - 08:46 PM, said:
Before we lock this thread, I want to make a point about classification. I see no reason, none, why Bronze in Eurobasket shouldn't automatically qualify a team for the olympics. In my opinion 1-3 should play in London. I would also expand the qualifying tournament but that is another story.
Let's assume that 1-3 qualify automatically and 4-6 play in the qualification tournament. How does that hurt the basketball world? It doesn't. What is ridiciulous is that you can finish third in the toughest tournament and potentially not qualify for the olympics. If you finish 3rd in Eurobasket you have nothing left to prove. I don't care if a team like FYROM continues their run finishes 3rd and then get's bounced in the olympics. They would deserve to be there.
They are trying to make this way too fair which is stupid. Europe is the best (about 10 teams can make a serious run) and the Americas are second best (about 5 teams can make a serious run). The rest doesn't really matter (Australia is the only competition that is capable of doing damage).
Our women got the silver at poland this year and they couldn't qualify automaticly, Silly I agree.
But USA is the best no question Americas or Europe is another story but USA is a different planet about basketball. Actually you know it better than me I guess.