Aug. 11: Hoops afterthoughts

August, 12, 2008
8/12/08
2:13
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From ESPN reporter George Smith:

After the U.S. win over China, Chris Bosh told us he was surprised by the intensity of the atmosphere when he got to the court before the game. "You could feel the buzz inside the arena," he said.

It was an amazing atmosphere. A packed, bright and loud arena. Former President George H.W. Bush and current President George W. Bush were on hand with some of their family members. Actress Glenn Close in the crowd, just a few rows in front of me.

Dwight Howard said the younger Bush briefly met with the team before the game and told them to get the W for W.

By the end of the third quarter, the game was all but over. Since ESPN is not allowed to take cameras into venues, we had to take off to meet the team away from the arena to get postgame interviews. The 26-point lead seemed safe.

The last image as I walked away: Glenn Close sipping on a brew.

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