Never a big fan of the culture that seems to surround basketball in the US, I’ve been indulging in a bit of schadenfreude over the travails of the US team in Athens. Now it looks like my other homeland is providing some satisfaction of a different sort.

Revenge was gained in the sweetest form as the New Zealand men’s basketball team turned the tables on world champions Serbia and Montenegro with a last-second 90-87 win at the Athens Olympics today.

Would I like to see New Zealand play the United States? You bet.