Aussie basketball fans including Russell Crowe have been left steaming after last night's exhibition match between the Boomers and Team USA at Melbourne's Marvel Stadium, thanks to some, uh, interesting seating arrangements at the definitely-not-a-basketball-arena venue.
Australian Twitter featured a number of complaints on Thursday night from people taking issue with the distance from the court and the plastic chairs, although such configurations have been used for boxing or MMA events at football stadiums.
"I think we will take a few lessons from this one and you can expect us to come out next game and be a lot more disciplined, better defensively, on the glass, and everything else". AUS v USA. Jokes on me.
"We have guys that are just starting to play with each other", said USA guard Donovan Mitchell, who had 13 points.
Australia's own National Basketball Association superstar Ben Simmons also withdrew from the Boomers squad after being a part of the initial advertising campaign. They were angry and wanted a refund. I kept looking behind because I knew I was going to fall off stage.
"It was an incredible atmosphere", Tatum said, "unique experience". Mills, who plays for Popovich with the Spurs, drilled a 3 just before the buzzer to complete a 15-5 run and reduce the US lead to one at the half.
"My worry here is we're basically becoming a bit of a nation of whingers".
The two squads play again in the same stadium on Saturday.
In front of a crowd of 51,218, apparently the largest crowd ever for a basketball game in Australia, Kemba Walker led the United States of America with 23 points.
With only two current All-Stars in Kemba Walker and Khris Middleton, the US were still a class above on the drop-in floor.
Both teams were rusty in the opening quarter, which ended with the visitors holding a 22-20 lead.
The crowd was subdued as well, producing only a smattering of applause for American baskets.
Kemba Walker scored 23 points, Myles Turner added 15 points and 14 rebounds, and the USA topped Australia 102-86 on Thursday before a crowd of 51,218 - billed as the largest crowd ever to watch a basketball game in Australia.
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