Indiana's Paul George had yet to be wheeled into the operating room, and the naysayers and sports pundits were speculating as to the response of the Pacers' Larry Bird and his fellow NBA front office cohorts.
The rightful inclusion and the Hall of Fame's recognition of former NBA Deputy Commissioner Russ Granik is a wonderful message for the many behind-the-scenes contributors to the global game of basketball.
The "program" that Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski have built -- as well as stars' ability to put away their egos -- has once again made it cool for multi-millionaires to represent the red, white and blue
LeBron and Kobe Bryant have made it clear that they believe their 2012 team would beat the 1992 Dream Team, but word to the wise: Get through this field before making any other declarations about the single greatest team ever assembled.
This week, Anthony and his teammates have improved gradually as they begin to gel. The gold medalists from '08 and the younger crew, from the world champion 2010 squad, will be reaching for Olympic excellence once again.
While there wasn't much suspense to the bold prediction that the USA will win gold at London 2012, the first part of this preview begs an answer to the question; Who might upset the US in men's basketball?
The boys in Vegas won't be shocked with this chalk-laced prediction that the United States will successfully defend its 2008 title as Olympic gold medalists at London 2012. But the forecast for the road to gold for Team USA will come with severe storm warnings.