James assumes leadership role as Team USA humbles France
LeBron James has eight assists yesterday and Kevin Durant scored 22 points as the US defeated France, 98-71, in each team's first basketball contest of the 2012 Olympic Games.
Sunday, James added to his illustrious credentials by subjugating his own offensive tendencies in favor of assisting others – eight, with Team USA getting 25 total in demolishing France, 98-71 at London’s Olympic Park Basketball Arena in their opening Olympic contest.
On one play in particular, a long pass from James, following a Tyson Chandler rebound of a Tony Parker shot, fell in the hands of a perfectly synchronized Kevin Durant for a massive dunk. It was the first of many such dunks in a game that made France look like more like a college squad than a world-class basketball team.
That James-Durant hookup was emblematic of how the tightness of Team USA's opening minutes began to melt away like a candy bar in the hot July sun. Both France and the U.S. began the game with numerous fouls – seemingly feeling out the FIBA (Fédération Internationale de Basketball) officiating crew that was initially calling the game very tightly.