Today Nigeria is ready for the Americans’ best but may probably face their bench as their Coach K continues to tinker with his ueber team and will leave his sharpest swords for the knock out stage.
As advertised the US has looked unbeatable on paper as well as on the court s o far and after having a day off will arrive aiming to pummel the Africans right from the gates. A stifling defense will compliment an even more wicked fast break and if D Tigers cant hit their jumper as they failed to do against Lithuania, it will be lights out quickly. But Coach Bakare already knows this.
Guard Skinn summates the Nigerian position perfectly saying “I mean, listen, man, I’ve been playing ball for a long time,” said Skinn, who was part of George Mason’s improbable Final Four run in 2006. “At some point in time, I played against those guys or seen those guys play. A lot of us, obviously we’re Nigerians, but we play in the States and I don’t think we have that mentality to just come in the game and just, you know, get our (butts) whooped.”
As we know Skinn and the Patriots beat Michigan State, North Carolina and Connecticut — all perennial powers who had been recent national champions. He wasn’t in awe of those teams and he shows no fear of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, or any other U.S. player, either.
Gentle giant and center Diogu agrees adding “”A lot of us went to school in the U.S. and have played against those guys. We have no reason to feel overwhelmed.”
Having played in more than 200 NBA games one certainly can not question his confidence as well of that of Nigeria who have