First of all I'm glad this happened because many people finally noticed the Championship. I've loved International Championships since I first saw Brazil and OSCAR SCHMIDT in the 1980 Olympics. Im a rare case of someone that enjoys these Championships much more than the NBA. Here are some thoughts: - Its embarrassing that the crowds were so small. The games were played in INDY for crying out loud. The US is known as a BIG EVENT country. The World Cup sold out here! Someone dropped the ball bigtime. 3000 people is pathetic. - It is for the lack of TV, lack of media attention, lack of fan attention, lack of NBA star attention, lack of respect for the other countries, arrogance of all of the above that I rooted AGAINST the US. This elimination was good for US Basketball believe it or not. - I Must say I HIGHLY RESPECT all the US players that showed up and the coaches. At least they understood that representing the country was a good thing. Shaq, Kobi and company are the ones that should be critizied at this time. I dont care how badly they wanted to spend the summer on the beach. Country first! - Go figure. In 1987 in INDY there were 17000 people to see Brazil take on (and beat) the USA made up of college players in the Pan American games finals. Now with NBA Pros barely 6000 show up for THE world championship. - Will the US be up for the game against Puerto Rico? I HIGHLY doubt it. That could mean 3 losses in a row. Puerto Rico is a good team and was 5-1 going into the New Zeiland game which they lost in OT.