Tall Blacks face high hurdleBy DANIEL GILHOOLY | Thursday, 17 July 2008 (www.stuff.co.nz)
The mountain New Zealand must scale to reach Beijing became obvious as they tried to leave the venue of the men's basketball Olympic qualifying tournament in Athens today.
After losing their final pool match 71-89 to Germany, the Tall Blacks found themselves stuck for nearly half an hour in the car park.
An enormous crowd was arriving to watch hosts Greece, the team New Zealand must somehow topple in the quarterfinals on Saturday morning (NZ time) to have any chance of competing at the Beijing Olympics. more...