Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
LeBron James tallied 18 points and 6 rebounds as Team USA routed Yao Ming and host China, 101-70, in the Beijing Olympics. President Bush took a break from trying his hand at beach volleyball to watch the game.
Dwyane Wade led Team USA with 19 points. Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard scored 13 apiece. Yao tallied 13 for China.
“This is what we’ve been dreaming about,” James told Craig Sager of NBC Sports. “It it took us three years to finally get it under way. We’ve been waiting three years for this opportunity and this is our chance to show the world what we’ve been doing behind closed doors.
“This is the biggest stage I’ve ever been on, by far….I’m happy I can be a big part of it and I’m happy I can help Team USA get a win.”
Next up for the Americans is a date with Angola Tuesday night.
“We’re going to take one team and one game at a time,” James said. “We’ll get ready for Angola on Tuesday.”
Pete Thamel of the New York Times has a great story today on the growth of basketball in China and its increasing popularity.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.