'Biggest night' for Aussie basketball falls flat
Espn.com - Fri 23 Aug 04:33 GMT

It was billed as the biggest night in Australian basketball history, but depleted squads, expensive tickets, an oversized venue and unsuitable seating left most fans frustrated and let down.

  When Team USA's superstars began withdrawing from the FIBA World Cup squad, it meant they would no longer be taking part in the two highly anticipated friendlies against the Boomers at Melbourne's Marvel Stadium.

  What had been billed some 18 months earlier as the greatest week in Australian basketball history turned out to be an almighty letdown, leaving thousands of fans feeling aggravated, disappointed and cheated.

  Back in early 2018 and just weeks after the Australian friendlies were announced, Team USA confirmed its 35-man World Cup squad and the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Kawhi Leonard and James Harden were all named on the roster.

  Russell Crowe watches on during the Boomers vs. Team USA game in Melbourne.

  Fans show their support ahead of the Boomers vs. Team USA contest.

  Melbourne's Marvel Stadium ahead of the Boomers vs. Team USA clash.

  "I love NBA basketball, and basketball in general, but you could not get me to pay money to see that game at Marvel," another fan posted to Twitter.