The USA men’s basketball team fell apart on Sunday in Tokyo, blowing a fourth quarter lead to France thanks to an offense that was unable to score a basket in the final 3:40 seconds — a problem Team USA has had in exhibition games as well. The loss led to plenty of jokes at the Americans and even saw Evan Fournier get to the root of USA hoops’ issues with one sentence, pointing out that they’re a lot of great individuals but not yet a great team.
However, before the jokes arrived at the USA’s expense, the basketball world’s focus was on something that happened at halftime of the USA-France game, where a basketball shooting robot was brought out for the mostly empty arena to shoot from all over, cashing everything.
Robots are taking free throws at the #TokyoOlympics.
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 25, 2021
A basketball robot. For your pleasure. pic.twitter.com/5LZF2vpwNg
— Ann Killion (@annkillion) July 25, 2021
There were a number of camps that you could be in for reactions. My personal favorite was everyone pointing out that this robot’s release was outrageously slow and as such, you could just block this robot every time.
Slow Ass release, I would work this robot https://t.co/jYiko4JCrF
— Nick Marbles (@nick_marbles) July 25, 2021
Release is too long, I’m swatting that shit every time fr https://t.co/TysTEQzm7h
— #isaiahpilled (@TeeTooToopWhoop) July 25, 2021
I could defend the SHIT out of this clown https://t.co/kTsp1Wx0jB
— Sanford & Son Volt (@buttt_stufff) July 25, 2021
Release is too slow I’d block the shit out of that https://t.co/DOPGeMRDKi
— Josh Means (@jmeanz) July 25, 2021
I would’ve blocked tf out of this!!!! https://t.co/9P9l2tgRrg
— It Me, NBA Draft Expert (@ChampagneChonny) July 25, 2021
There were also a lot of tweets about the robot being better than Ben Simmons or the Sixers needing to trade Simmons for the shooting robot.
This is what happens when Ben Simmons asks for a living wage hope you’re happy https://t.co/Ub2xL5peCl
— k-dubs (@cowlonfull) July 25, 2021
Sixers are NBA champions if we have this robot instead of Ben Simmons https://t.co/7eVsMOOCLP
— Mike Bradley (@RealMikeBradley) July 25, 2021
The next most popular joke was that the USA squad needed this robot against France.
— celbridgegooner (@celbridgegooner) July 25, 2021
— Mike (@MainEventSwerve) July 25, 2021
Another was to call the robot Kawhi Leonard (you know, because he’s a basketball playing robot without emotions) or Stephen Curry (cause it can’t miss).
No way l thought Kawhi had a ACL injury what’s he doing in TOKYO?? https://t.co/LiWByGOTbY
— TREY$A (@Unavaillableee) July 25, 2021
Kawhi Leonard out here in Tokyo not with Team USA having fun while he supposed to be recovering from a torn acl smh https://t.co/jyeBNIGn50
— Appa Yip Yip (AKA Noah Terranova) (@TerranovaNoah) July 25, 2021
— Colin Morris (@the_cmorris) July 25, 2021
Plenty also pointed out that the robot takes about as long to shoot as Giannis does to shoot free throws.
— James 59FIFTY Rogers (@PhoenixFrostJr) July 25, 2021
Takes the same amount of time as Giannis to shoot https://t.co/5Aiv9uh3CW
— V (@V_disrespectful) July 25, 2021
The rest of the tweets were some form of “[insert team/owner/gm] sign or trade for this robot” or “we are all going to die.”
I’ll pay 100 mil, just put him on the hornets roster https://t.co/RcWzFDGkwu
— Brandon Disher (@BrandonDisher) July 25, 2021
Nah. I’ve seen how this movie goes. Shut it down. https://t.co/JyvRScPSkR
— Alex Bazzell (@alexbazzell) July 25, 2021