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While admitting the Boomers failure to capture an elusive Olympics medal sucks, Matthew Dellavedova believes their efforts at Rio will only help improve the sport back home, while warning Australia would be a much fiercer opponent at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Nike Tanjun Cheap Outlet .Four wins and a narrow loss to eventual gold medallists the United States in the group stage cemented the Boomers as a favourite to make the final at Rio. But a humiliating 26-point loss to Serbia in the semifinal was followed by a one-point loss to Spain in the bronze medal match.Speaking in Melbourne, star guard Matthew Dellavedova acknowledged the teams disappointment, but said the buzz the Boomers created during the event was a great sign for Australian basketball.Its tough to think about because we put everything into it and we had such a big preparation, Dellavedova told ESPN.Everyone sacrificed so much and it sucks that we didnt come away with what we wanted, but thats sport sometimes.But just hearing stories about how people were glued to their TVs, getting up late at night or early in the morning to watch our games - I think its been really good for basketball in Australia.Despite reaching the semifinals at four Olympic Games since 1988, Australia has never managed to win an Olympic medal in mens basketball. With four NBA champions in Patty Mills, Aron Baynes, Andrew Bogut and Dellavedova gracing the court, the Boomers were resolute in their belief they could finally secure a medal - even gold - before they fell short.Dellavedova, who made the switch from Cleveland Cavaliers to Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA off-season, said the squad was confident of an improved showing in Tokyo.I think [this year] we had a great team with great chemistry. We played some great basketball, especially early on in the tournament, Dellavedova said.In 2020 well see [Ben] Simmons, [Dante] Exum and Thon [Maker] getting amongst it and committing to the program for the lead-up years.The biggest strength as Australians is having that camaraderie and chemistry and thats something you have to build in the non-Olympic years. Nike Tanjun Shoes Outlet . Jon Montgomerys gold medal in skeleton at the Whistler Sliding Centre and his subsequent auctioning off of a pitcher of beer in the village square elevated him to folk-hero status. Discount Nike Tanjun Shoes . Having already announced that the race will start May 9 with three stages in Northern Ireland and Ireland and finish in Trieste on June 1, the rest of the route was unveiled Monday. http://www.niketanjunoutlet.com/ . Their experience showed Tuesday as the No. 10 Badgers blunted a Saint Louis surge to win 63-57 and advance to face West Virginia in Wednesdays finals of the Cancun Challenge. It is the year that Australian football went mad. Tell anyone a fortnight ago that mighty Hawthorn were to trade out Sam Mitchell and Jordan Lewis, first and second in Crimmins Medal voting in 2016, for a few pieces of silver in the form of draft picks, and you would have been certified.The fans did not even have the chance to say goodbye to a couple of iconic, multiple premiership heroes, so little wonder many of them are shifting about uncomfortably as the AFLs trade period winds to its end.Meanwhile Alastair Clarkson, the Hawthorn coach, has some explaining to do, a point the debate will inevitably reach. Hawthorn have been nothing if not pragmatic and upfront, clearly identifying their list was well off the pace in 2016, despite the top-four finish, and that changes were needed to make room for Jaeger OMeara, Tom Mitchell and Ty Vickery to join the club.But it has shaken the game to its core.Now for perspective: this is part of professional sport. Ask the Adelaide folk how they felt about Patrick Dangerfield winning a Brownlow Medal in blue and white this year, for instance, and that is before you even consider the rest of the world. In truth, we are miles behind the English Premier League or the American professional sports for levels of callous moving of players, although that is the direction we may well take.Is it actually good for footy to see Mitchell, king of the nifty sidestep and slick handball, and Lewis, the bulldozing left-footer, leave a club like Hawthorn? Surely not. Was it good for the game that Steve Johnson, James Kelly and Paul Chapman, Geelongs premiership superstars, had to play out their careers elsewhere when the Cats went in a different direction, or that Jimmy Bartel will be pushed into retirement this week, just as Brent Harvey was by North Melbourne?It is the $10 million salary cap that causes the issue, along with the widely-held belief that success in the AFL comes around in cycles. As Scott Watters, the former St Kilda coach, observed this week, any player now knows he is at the whim of the cycle. ANY player indeed, if you remember that Mitchell is an all-time greaat Hawthorn and AFL player, a walk-up Hall-of-Famer. Cheap Nike Tanjun Shoes. But there is a solution right before the AFLs eyes, a feel-good compromise that has been tried before. The veterans list was a fabulous rule introduced a few years ago, initially allowing clubs to nominate one long-term player on their lists so only half of his salary was included in the cap, then tweaked over time to allow an unlimited number of veterans, then watered down more recently so that clubs only have to include a percentage of their salary in their total player payments figures.Instead of diluting this rule, the AFL could have made it stronger, more definitive. It is the rule that might stop us heading down the path of the big professional sports elsewhere, for just because something happens in another country does not make it right. We dont want Moneyball; we dont want players dehumanised, and clubs that draw zero loyalty from their employees.Twelve year, one-club players should have their salaries excluded from the salary cap as iconic players. This would mean, for instance at Hawthorn, that Mitchell, Lewis and Luke Hodge would not be under the scrutiny they have been under this year. Their salaries would be outside the cap and it would at least give a Hawthorn the chance to ride out the end of those great careers.There would be no real advantage to a club with a cluster of great veterans because if they hold on too long, they run the risk of failing to regenerate the list. But at least it gives them a chance to provide something of a farewell tour for their greatest players, for the fans to wave goodbye.Footy is not a business, despite what people say. Its like a business, but in business, your aim is profit, and your ambition is to crush the opposition and create a monopoly. In footy, everyone needs opposition to play against, no matter how bitter the rivalries.There must be room for romance, an explanation for the kid with the No. 5 Sam Mitchell guernsey who cannot work it all out this week. ' ' ' 

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