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Old 09-03-2007, 12:44 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by clipps
And team USA didn't get beat year after year in the olympic games by accident.

I knew someone who has no clue would come up with it. A regular NBA team actually plays together for months, not only for a week ask past Team USA did. And even the best Euroleague teams don't come close to the individual talent of national teams like Greece, Spain and Argentina. And only the former has no NBA player on it.

The best players from the best Euroleague teams come over to the NBA and are only average players. You really think a team like the Pistons wouldn't murder any team from Europe?
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Old 09-03-2007, 12:46 PM   #17
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That McDonalds thing - taking place in October - sounds like a preseason game to me. I know that kind of stuff happens every year.
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Old 09-03-2007, 02:27 PM   #18
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the McDonalds' Championships were always great. It was much different than the NBA Europe Live thing they have going on now. the McDonalds' was all of the world's championship teams only (most years).

the Bulls went more than once if i can remember right. the last time i dont think they had Pippen at all and they still destroyed the other championship teams of the world.

i wish they'd bring this back. NBA teams will always have the disadvantage because its their preseason vs mid-season or just crowned champs, but the NBA team will almost always crush the competition.

NBA Europe Live is better than nothing tho. It still usually shows you how even the worst NBA teams are superior. Last year's preseason Sixers (a lottery team) absolutely annihilated the EuroLeague champs (CSKA Russia).

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Old 09-03-2007, 10:55 PM   #19
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highlight vid of the 97'98 Bulls winning the McDonalds Championships.

i also forgot that Rodman was out too for a game or two. so it was basically MJ and Kukoc leading the team.
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Old 09-04-2007, 01:55 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by GOBB_Junior

Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls playing against Olympiakos Piraeus in the McDonald's Championship in Paris, 1997.

The NBA's current participation and fascination with international basketball began in 1987 when the Milwaukee Bucks hosted the first-ever McDonald's Open. Yet, that first McDonald's Open may not have come about if not for the foresight NBA Commissioner David Stern and then-FIBA Secretary General Boris Stankovic. Before then, the NBA and FIBA had never talked about getting together, let alone worked together.

But in 1986, FIBA explored the idea of opening the Olympic basketball competition to professionals for Seoul in 1988. The measure, however, did not have enough votes to pass. Still, the NBA and FIBA wanted to see how each other's brand of basketball would fare when pitted against each other. And hence, the Open, sponsored by McDonald's, was born.

The NBA was willing to host the event. FIBA had a team and a coach who were willing to participate. Alexander Gomelsky, the legendary Soviet Union coach, had long taken his team on exhibition tours of the United States, playing college teams including Indiana and North Carolina.

But Gomelsky, who entered the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995, wanted his Soviet team to take on the best basketball players in the world.

The NBA agreed. Yet, instead of the host city hosting a single game, it was suggested that there be a mini round-robin tournament featuring three teams. With the Bucks and the Soviet national team already set to participate, Tracer Milan, the 1987 Euroleague champion and one of the great European club teams of the decade, was invited to take part.

With the teams set, the first McDonald's Open tipped off in Milwaukee's MECCA on Oct. 23, 1987. The Bucks topped a Tracer Milan team that featured future Hall of Famers Bob McAdoo (a three-time NBA scoring champ) and Dino Meneghin, and the future Phoenix Suns coach, Mike D'Antoni, 123-111 as D'Antoni recorded a triple-double with 16 points, 11 assist and 10 steals.

The Bucks would go on to win the tournament by defeating the Soviets, 127-100, two days later, but Gomelsky's team received the experience they needed. The next year in Seoul, the Soviets defeated a U.S. men's team featuring the best college players en route to a gold medal.

For the next McDonald's Open in 1988, the NBA took its show, and the Boston Celtics -- featuring future Hall of Famers Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish -- on the road to Madrid. The Celtics cruised in that tournament. Over the next five years, the Denver Nuggets, the New York Knicks, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns would go on to win their respective McDonald's Open tournaments.

In 1995, the NBA Board of Governors voted to send the NBA champion over to what was now being called the McDonald's Championship, featuring championship teams from around the globe. The Houston Rockets represented the NBA well, winning the tourney, as did the Chicago Bulls (who took Paris by storm in 1997) and the San Antonio Spurs, who won in Milan in 1999.

In all, nine McDonald's Open/Championship tournaments were held and the NBA teams lost nary a game. And while the McDonald's Championship hasn't been held since 1999, the NBA continues to be deeply involved in international basketball.

Recently, the Memphis Grizzlies and Spurs played an exhibition game in Paris, while the Grizzlies and Spanish native Pau Gasol took on FC Barcelona in Spain. Also, six times since 1990, the NBA has played regular season games in Japan. In 2003, the Los Angeles Clippers and Seattle SuperSonics met at Saitama Super Arena north of Tokyo for two regular season games.


Did the players have to eat any McDonald's food while they were participating in this event?
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Old 09-05-2007, 05:28 AM   #21
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