***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Although I don't want to be misunderstood by appearing somehow 'nationalistic,' I'm tempted to say the victory of Greece against USA by 101-95 at the world champioship in Japan could be understood as quite the outcome of a network type of moves and manoevres in the international basketball arena (perhaps a little reminiscent of the Medici organizational model - maybe not at all, others could say). Just a few ingredients of this network process: mobilization of resources and Greek players coming from the USA or going to NBA, deployment of coaches and athletes from ex-Yugoslavia, once a recognized power in world basketball, coupling with a strong link to athletic Russia, implementing a national policy aiming to decouple from the most popular sport of football (soccer) and risking a shift towards basketball etc. etc. By the way has anyone done a network analysis of the current world champioship in Japan? --Moses PS. That this is a sort of "national" network type of success is discerned from the celebration and festivities taking place allover Greece right now.. which is not so "rational" from my point of view.. _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.