1. The atmosphere is incredible.
I’m a child of the original Dream Team and before that, the 1984 U.S. team with younger versions of Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin. So, after a week-plus of covering swimming, I was eager for my first live experience with USA Basketball in the Olympics.
The scene at the U.S.-Argentina quarterfinal game did not disappoint.
Mike Krzyzewski had warned his players they’d likely face a loud, pro-Argentina crowd. And that was certainly true. There were seemingly thousands of patrons wearing the traditional white and light blue stripes, waving flags and singing their hearts out. But the NBA carries...