In case you missed it because you were watching Cowboys fans hammer Tony Romo and then loving him all in one game, Spain and France (led by San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker) played each other for the Eurobasket championship. Spain held off several French runs and the combo of Juan Carlos Navarro and the three-headed monster of Serge Ibaka and the Gasol brothers proved too much for the French.
Size was also a big problem (no pun intended) for the rest of Europe, as they failed to keep up with Spain, especially when Pau was 100% healthy. That led Chris Sheridan to wonder if Spain's size, along with Navarro's emergence, means Spain is ready to knock off Team USA in London.
Sheridan argues Spain has two things going for it that they didn't have in 2008 in Beijing, namely the development of Marc Gasol and addition of Serge Ibaka to their team.
"Marc is still not as polished of an offensive player as Pau, but he has another year of growth ahead of him in the NBA when the lockout is settled, and he’ll have the freedom to play more physically on defense against whoever is manning the middle for the Americans (Dwight Howard and ?????), more freedom to burn a foul or two and send Howard to the line now that he has Ibaka backing him up."
Sheridan concluded he still wouldn't bet on the Spainards to beat Team USA, but he certainly wouldn't say they have no chance.