Washington Post: The ever-present focus and intensity that defined the United States men’s basketball team as it steamrolled through the preliminary round of the FIBA Americas Championship was evident only in spurts Monday against Mexico.

The Americans still won in blowout fashion, 127-100, but often appeared uninterested as the second round of this Olympic qualifying tournament began. Carmelo Anthony again led the team in scoring with 28 points. Kobe Bryant had 21, and LeBron James and Dwight Howard had 19 apiece, but the United States failed to win by at least 40 points for the first time.

Before the game, U.S. Coach Mike Krzyzewski greeted a familiar foe with a huge hug before the game began. Nolan Richardson, the former Arkansas coach who is leading the Mexican national team, had the highlight of his career against Krzyzewski, defeating Duke for the 1994 NCAA championship. He has brought his “40 minutes of hell” philosophy to Mexico, and his team stayed within 20 points for most of the game before falling into purgatory.

Mexico got within 15-11 in the first quarter, but the United States closed out the period on a 30-12 run that featured seven dunks — including three each by Anthony and Howard — and two three-pointers.

But the Americans’ intensity level dropped considerably in the second period, and they appeared to become complacent in anticipation of an inevitable romp. They got caught up playing one-on-one and forced tough shots on offense and surrendered easy baskets on defense.

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  • MILO

    Im not to good on this whole wanabe GM stuff but Id give up Lamar Odom Brian Cook as an even swap for JO.It’s quite ovious that Bird want’s LO not bynum!!!

  • MILO

    Everyone seems to be oblivious of the fact that LO went thru surgery and we quite frankly don’t know how good he will be come next season.Plus not to mention his geting lost during the game just like space cadet (Vladi)maybe not as bad as him but JO is more consistent.

  • MILO

    I like Lamar’s drive to the basket and his play off the dribble but JO will give us more defense and ofense.

  • MILO

    If you guy’s agree with me good, if not tell me off and tell me what you think.Would Bird go for a trade like that or do we have to add a pick or something?I wana keep Bynum and see what he does next season.DO YOU GUY’S THINK BIRD WOULD GO FOR A TRADE LIKE THAT???TELL ME WHY IM WRONG OR IF YOU THINK IM RIGHT???

  • MILO

    LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK

  • LA All The Way

    ‘Milo’… I realy think that if this trade was a possibility, JO would already be a Laker! Like you, I would do this one! But it seems that Bird told LA: “Or them both (Bynum and Odom), or no trade”.
    Bird realy want to much from us in a trade for JO!

    Of course that’s just my thoughts, but if Odom and Cook for JO was available, I think that even our FO would go for it!

  • http://www.lakers.com Ed

    Milo, I think that Bird make that trade because if he is going to trade JO than that means that the Pacers will be in rebuilding mode. No one wants to take on Cook’s contract. He is paid way too much and he doesn’t bring anything to the team. He is probably the worst defensive player I have ever seen.

  • MILO

    Ed, thank you! who do you think the Lakers should replace Cook with?Can you tell me what Cook’s contract is?What kind of a package would you make for JO?Dont include Bynum cause it’s ovious that Bird wants LO.Who else would you throw in there? keep in mind that we dont want the team to be degutted.After all im not shure JO is worth giving up too much of our roster/prospects if you will.

  • MILO

    I want to see if Bynum is going to bring anything to the table this coming season.I hope it’s at least enough to give us some leverage to pull off some trades come deadline time.

  • http://www.lakers.com Ed

    Milo, honestly, I don’t think that the Lakers have anyone that they can trade for JO, other than LO and Bynum. It has gotten to the point that I actually think that the Lakers are better off trading both LO and Bynum for JO. The reason why is because I am sick of seeing the same sorry team year after year. I want their to be a change. I know for a fact that if we have JO and Kobe on the team we won’t be that far away from a championship.

  • foxxy

    CANT BELIEVE THE MIGHTY LAKERS HAVENT MADE A POWER MOVES AT ALL THIS SUMMER…LOOKS LIKE WE’RE FACED WITH THE SAME OLD SORRY ASS TEAM!!!!!!

  • http://www.lakers.com Ed

    I feel the same way foxxy. It’s actually very depressing to think about it, but it’s reality and WE can’t do anything about it. It’s up to Mitch and the Buss family to make the right choice, but I don’t have faith in them at all.

  • MILO

    ED, I as well as most people (exept the Lakers) would have given up Bynum.The problem is that the Lakers seem to get hooked on the idea that we have to let our prospect’s grow.The Lakers are not considering the fact that the same thing was thought about Kwame and he never did!!!

  • MILO

    Well i guess they Kept Kwame for defensive purposes but to me, that is not enough we need ofense as well!!!

  • MILO

    Maybe eventualy they will give up both LO and Bynum and that probably explains why they signed that new center Larry Turner.I hope im right!!!

  • MILO

    LA All The Way, maybe the Lakers FO has a few trick’s up their sleves like the one i posted in my last comment.Or maybe they signed Larry Turner to let Bynum know that they are not satisfied with his work and that they are looking to replace him if he does’nt improve (DRAMATICLY)

  • MILO

    I mean the last i heard is that Bynum was failing to show up to practice with Kareem, so this kid does’nt have dedication so why keep him (HE IS HEARTLESS) does’nt have passion for the game.Show’s no agression, and i realy hate when he swings his head side to side when he is walking of the court!!!

  • Fan of the Mamba

    Well I’ve asked the question but haven’t gotten an answer. Why does everyone put so much stock in Bynum? When he was drafted he was an uproven entity. There were better choices when Bynum was drafted such as Sean May or Danny Granger that we passed up because Jim Buss was enamored with his game. If he was a natural, after two years of working with Kareem who should be great. I expect that he’ll be better this year but not as good as Tyrus Thomas.

    I know Tyrus Thomas is controversial because of his Allstar game “free money” comment but when I watch that kid play, he has naturally what Bynum doesn’t possession after two years in the league. If Bynum had the athleticism, passion and hops that Thomas displays then I would understand why Jim Buss doesn’t want to part with him.

    He’s okay for the amount of basketball he’s played but I don’t see him being as good as Tyrus Thomas, Greg Oden, Kevin Durant, Monta Ellis among others.

    A horse trainer chose Bynum. Why cause he’s tall. Never doubt what your eyes see, regardless of all the rhetoric to the contrart. I know Buss said he liked what he saw when Bynum worked out for the Lakers but he’s a horse trainer, no basketball expertise or know how. Truthfully his only qualification for making the decisions he makes is he’s Jerry Buss’s son. And I have no problem with nepotism, parents just should match their children’s skills with their abilities and knowledge.

    The Lakers weren’t the only team Bynum worked out for but we were the only ones chumping at the bit to get him.

    I think he was great trade bait for Jason Kidd and now I do believe that we’ll be stuck with him being an adequate center not an allstar or great center. All because a former horse trainer is making player personnel decisions.

    Dang!

  • MILO

    Fan of the Mamba, i totaly agree with you we dont even need a superstar center, the Spurs got it done without one why cant we, ship Bynum and Lo out for JO NOW!!!

  • MILO

    Andrew Bynum= .Dam he does’nt even amount to trash ha ha ha!!!

  • MILO

    Ship that ass out!!!

  • MILO

    Do you guy’s feel me???

  • MILO

    Fan of the Mamba, i would even take Monta Ellis as a center over Bynum ha ha ha! na but on the real i like Monta Ellis he’s the NBA’S version of the road runner/speedy Gonzalez

  • MILO

    Nevermind i always confuse Monta for Devon Haris from the Mav’s but id still take both of them for center over Bynum ha ha ha! PUL (POINTING UP LAUGHING)

  • MILO

    If the Lakers have not gotten rid of Bynum come next season we should all launch an agresive campaign by going to staples center with banners that read SHIP HIS ASS OUT!