While the non-baseball honks wait patiently for football to start, there’s something else sporting-wise to look forward to: The FIBA World Championship, which goes from August 28th through September 12th in Turkey. Granted, the FIBA Worlds won’t be as popular or fanatically followed like the soccer World Cup — I kind of miss vuvuzelas — meaningful basketball is always a good thing.
It’s true players like LeBron, Kobe, D-Wade and Chris Paul won’t be participating, and because of that, casual fans will probably overlook FIBA’s tournament, but there’s one very, very good reason to tune in when Team USA tries to win the World Championship for the first time since 2002:
The opportunity to watch Kevin Durant burn the FIBA Worlds to the ground.
The video’s a little grainy. I’ll fix that when it a better one comes up, but until then, Bolt’s otherworldly performances continue to jaw-drop, astound and yes, amaze. Consider this: Bolt has twice broken the record for the 200-meter dash, a standard that, until Michael Johnson came along in 1996, stood for 17 years. So, from 1980 until 2008, the record was beaten all of once. Now, thanks to the human hurricane they call Usain, it’s been broken twice in less than a year.
19.19. That’s what Bolt ran to break his previous record of 19.30. Folks, that’s more impressive than the 9.58 he ran earlier this week.