Basketball fans slam seating for Australian Boomers game against Team USA


Australia's consumer watchdog has launched an investigation into Thursday's basketball World Cup warmup game between the United States and Australia in Melbourne following hundreds of complaints from disgruntled spectators.

Walker and Mitchell were natural choices for the captaincy, as they are the only two players to have started both exhibition games that Team USA has played.

"But being a basketball person, I was there to see the game".

"Jokes on me", he wrote.

"I think once you kind of just settle into it, you are like damn these guys are just another group of basketball players so I think in the next game we'll be all a lot more prepared for that initial punch and we will come out ready".

"You don't want to pay thousands of dollars to sit on a lawn chair, so there definitely would have been people that were very annoyed", she said.

"I kept looking behind me because I knew I was going to fall off the stage", he said.

Australian media reported that some fans had been given refunds because they had bought tickets after seeing promotional material featuring stars Stephen Curry and LeBron James, neither of whom took part in the game.

"I'm one of the leaders of this team, so it's important for me to set that tone, " the Celtics guard said.

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"It was an incredible atmosphere", Tatum said, "unique experience".

Russell Crowe has added his voice to the condemnation of the seating arrangements at the Boomers' clash with Team USA at Marvel Stadium.

"My worry here is we're basically becoming a bit of a nation of whingers".

Team USA haven't lost to the Boomers in 55 years and despite the best efforts of sharp-shooters Patty Mills and Chris Goulding, their record was never in danger.

Not everyone was happy in the biggest crowd to watch a basketball game in Australia.

Both teams were rusty in the opening quarter, which ended with the visitors holding a 22-20 lead.

But, even with only two current All-Stars in the team - Kemba Walker and Khris Middleton - the USA team's class won out.

Kemba Walker scored 23 points, Myles Turner added 15 points and 14 rebounds, and the US topped Australia 102-86 on Thursday before a crowd of 51,218 - billed as the largest crowd ever to watch a basketball game in Australia.