Australia basketball: Not all in crowd happy with seating

Kyle Kuzma & Jayson Tatum

Getty Jason Tatum and teammate Kyle Kuzma of the U.S. Team warm up prior to the 2019 Mtn Dew ICE Rising Stars

But in a venue that usually hosts Australian Rules and football, a raised basketball court was dropped in meaning those on white plastic seats at ground level had restricted viewing, including Crowe.

Even the VIP section was a let down for some, with Australian actor Russell Crowe saying people who chose to watch from home had made a "good decision". He said he was sitting in a seat that cost 1,500 Australian dollars ($1,000) but could not see the players. "It was a farce".

The win was the 78th in a row in major global exhibitions and competition for the US national team, a streak that started with the bronze-medal game of the 2006 world championships.

"Play 2-3 games there everyone goes home happy", mentioned one Twitter person.

He added that the commission takes such allegations "very seriously" with the potential penalties "significant". "Our transition defence was poor, and they got three 3s in a row and that's what happened down the stretch in the second quarter", he said.

"We can well understand that if something is advertised with certain elite players. if you don't have the key players that could well significantly affect whether you're still interested in attending".

On Thursday afternoon, before the event even began, promoters TEG Live began issuing refunds based on "concerns that the advertising for the event was misleading".

The Boomers, featuring a core of experienced stars led by Patty Mills and Andrew Bogut, held their own in the first half on Thursday evening (August 22) before a third-quarter blitz from the Americans put the game in Melbourne beyond reach.

It claimed that of 11,000 floor seats, only 200 people wanted to be moved, and just two asked for a refund.

Despite the huge crowd, Australian media reported that some fans were issued refunds because they bought tickets based on promotional materials depicting Stephen Curry and LeBron James - who were part of the USA player pool when the deal was struck past year to play these games.

Team USA will play their first game of the FIBA World Cup on Sunday, Sept. 1 against the Czech Republic. Still, the Boomers' starting lineup included four National Basketball Association players: Mills, Aron Baynes, Joe Ingles and Matthew Dellavedova.

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