This statement refers to the Bronze-medal result USA Basketball ended up with at the 2004 Olympics and the 2006 World Championships.
And I wonder, was this latest result really a disappointment. After all the troubles USA Basketball has had in international play recently, after the world has shown that (a) International basketball is a very different game than NBA basketball and (b) the rest of the world can play, after all of that, was a Gold Medal really such a foregone conclusion?
Maybe if the expectations weren’t out of whack, maybe if the US built a team suited to international play, they might win.
As it is, I think a Bronze Medal was a good result.