Team USA scrimmage: Rudy Gay excels

LAS VEGAS -- We have some advice for Rudy Gay, whose knowledge of Turkey is basically this: He had a college professor at UConn who was Turkish (he couldn't remember which subject the professor taught), and he knows that Hedo Turkoglu hails from there, too.

Beyond that, nothing.

So we would suggest that the youngster from the Memphis Grizzlies familiarizes himself with the following: the value of the Turkish lira versus the dollar; the relative merits of playing in Izmir instead of Ankara; the history of Muslim secularism and the achievements of one Mustafa Kemal Ataturk; the beauty of the Bosphorus; and, lastly, where to find a decent meal if you can't really stomach three straight weeks of olives and yogurt as your dietary staples.