In a hard fought gold medal game against Spain (one of the only events NBC actually aired live), the USA men’s basketball team came out victorious, 107-100.
When the horn finally sounded, Lebron James grabbed a few water bottles and doused Coach K from behind. The two embraced for a long time.
In a rematch of the 2008 gold medal game, Spain had fought back in the third quarter and cut the deficit to one point with ten minutes to go, as Pau Gasol scored 15 of his 24 points in that quarter. In the fourth quarter, Spain had a chance to cut the deficit to four or even two points, but Gasol missed two easy jumpers. Then James hit some big shots, a dunk and a three-pointer.
So Coach K will return to Duke by helping the USA win another gold medal by helping a group of highly-paid basketball players realize that it’s all about the front of the jersey, not the back.