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Dream on

I don't blame Mike Krzyzewski for being miffed. When the media loses its collective mind and starts asking idiot questions, annoyance would seem to be the only rational response.

And so the other day he professed a profound, and well-earned, weariness when confronted with more questions about why the U.S. isn't beating everyone at the Olympics by, like, 937 points. What's wrong with these guys?

I've got the obvious answer: Nothing.

I mean, consider that Coach K was confronting this line of questioning after LeBron 'n' them had blasted Argentina, one of the stronger teams in the tournament, by 29 points. Um, really, people? Really?

Look, here's the deal, and I'll talk slowly so my media brethren can keep up: The reason why the U.S. isn't destroying everyone it plays is because (well, duh) we're no longer the only country that can play this game. And that's a direct consequence of the original Dream Team, which exported the game to the rest of the world at the 1992 Games.

So, yes, we're going to get a game every so often now. And that's not necessarily because the U.S. team is flawed or isn't playing well or has a tendency to let up on defense, as if any of that matters at all when you're pounding one of the best teams in the Olympics by 30.

Bottom line: Going into today's quarterfinal against Australia, the Americans are 5-0. And except for the five-point squeaker against Lithuania, they've won their games by an average of 46.5 points.

But, yeah. They've got problems.

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