At the start of the championship, the US men’s basketball team was nicknamed the “B-Team” for its lack of star power. Kobe was off being MVP (well-deserved for a 5-time champ), and Lebron was busy putting on his make-up for ESPN. No worries because on Sunday the “B-Team” defeated undefeated host nation Turkey 81-64 and brought home the World Championship gold for the first time in 16 years.
Again Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant led the team to victory. and was aptly named MVP. He racked up 28 points in the final game, setting a new record for most points scored in a championship by a single player. L.A. Laker’s Lamar Odom (pictured above with Denver Nugget’s Chauncey Billups) put up 15 points and 11 rebounds. And the icing on top of the gold medal? This win guarantees Team USA a spot in the 2012 Olympic Games.
AP said it best: “The so-called “B-Team” turned out to be the best team in the world.”