By Michael De Leon, Project Spurs
Just like the 1992 Dream Team changed basketball for good a little over 20 years ago, another team caused changes to the international basketball landscape.
Former San Antonio Spurs center David Robinson and his teammates on that 1992 Olympic team were responsible for the rest of the world falling in love with the sport of basketball and all but ensured Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili played basketball and are not on a soccer field right now.
Just like young fans glared at their television screens in amazement at Michael Jordan, many fans in South America were in awe of Manu Ginobili 10 years ago yesterday.
While the rest of the world caught up and started narrowing the gap on the United States' domination, it took a team effort by Ginobili, former Spur Fabricio Oberto, Spurs draft pick Luis Scola and the entire Argentina national team to give the United States their biggest challenge yet during the FIBA World Championships in Indiana.
That loss and another loss left the United States with an unexpected sixth place finish.
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