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MSantoine
Post #31
Saturday August 2, 2014 1:04pm

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Original post from admsghs27

That select team will get killed by many teams. Spain, Argentina, Croatia, turkey, Greece etc... I want to see the final roster. Seems line the world is.getting better at basketball by the years just like usa is catching up in soccer but at a rarer rate.


The select team would get at least a bronze. And be in contention for gold. They'd still be considered one if the favorites. But again I'm talking about no countries getting nba players. Not just USA.

MSantoine
Post #32
Saturday August 2, 2014 1:05pm

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Hope there's no Indiana pacer fans here. Because if the need to win by 80 points a night they lost their best player for the year.

hamsamwich
Post #33
Saturday August 2, 2014 2:20pm

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No, I'm a Bulls fan. Terrible news about George, he's one of the few Pacers on a team of jerks I enjoy watching. Great player too, sort of a Stu Holden moment if you will.

skangles
DC
Post #34
Saturday August 2, 2014 6:00pm

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That looked disgusting on the replay. Best wishes to him.

admsghs27
Post #35
Saturday August 2, 2014 6:17pm

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Original post from MSantoine

The select team would get at least a bronze. And be in contention for gold. They'd still be considered one if the favorites. But again I'm talking about no countries getting nba players. Not just USA.


Maybe a bronze. In 2006 the team we had was wayyy better than the select team now and they just got bronze don't think this select team will even medal. But usa should get gold tho, but it will be a hard fought final vs most likely Spain.

admsghs27
Post #36
Saturday August 2, 2014 6:20pm

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Sucks what happened to Paul George hope he recovers soon and comes back stronger. But the pacers are done this year they will be lucky to make the playoffs but their in the East so they have a good chance.

EKneezy
Atlanta
Post #37
Saturday August 2, 2014 6:56pm

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Thank god I didnt watch it live. So gruesome. Hope he comes back stronger.

skangles
DC
Post #38
Sunday August 3, 2014 3:25am

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Besides the unfortunate George injury, I have to say that Rose looked incredible. I give him a lot of credit for opting to make his comeback for Team USA when he easily could have sat out until the start of the NBA season and nobody would have blamed him.

On the flip side, I really like Kevin Love but skipping out on the tournament because of his club situation is completely ridiculous. Especially when there isn't a club situation, he has a valid contract with the Timberwolves for next season.

Now, Timberwolves Execs are rumored to be talking to Cavs, Warriors and Bulls Execs but there isn't anything Kevin Love needs to do in this situation. In fact the only influence he has in this situation other than answering his phone to hear the news is to say whether or not he would sign with a team long term. Otherwise it's out of his control.

So Derrick Rose can mentally overcome two devastating knee injuries in two years but Kevin Love is mentally broken down by club uncertainty? Good to know.

skangles
DC
Post #39
Sunday August 3, 2014 5:18am

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Basketball will never close the gap with Soccer and it is because of this mindset.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-paul-george-...

In the build up to the World Cup Riccardo Montolivo and Luis Montes both suffered nasty injuries. Marco Reus picked up an injury that canned Arsenal's bid for him.

AC Milan, Leon and Dortmund must have face palmed when they saw these injuries happen but its part of the game and nobody is going to successfully convince players not to suit up for their national team, it means too much. Even Ronaldo, arguably the best player in the world, played in warm up Friendlies while still not fully recovered.

admsghs27
Post #40
Friday August 8, 2014 1:26am

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Kevin Durant withdrew form team usa. Usa chances of winning gold have gone down. Idk if they can beat Spain at their house. Would be fun to watch the team play now.

EKneezy
Atlanta
Post #41
Friday August 8, 2014 2:36am

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Sucks that he of all people had to drop out. Nevertheless time for other guys to come through and step up.

MSantoine
Post #42
Friday August 8, 2014 8:02pm

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Still have rose, harden, curry, Davis, cousins. Us will still crush everyone else and should still beat Spain with ease.

skangles
DC
Post #43
Saturday August 9, 2014 5:18am

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This reminds me of 2004 when players were turning down the Team USA invite due to security concerns in Athens. If the US fails in Spain I think it will spark the competitive spirit in Rio that we saw with the Redeem Team in 2008.

skangles
DC
Post #44
Saturday August 23, 2014 1:36pm

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The US has named its 12 man roster Lillard, Parsons, Hayward and Korver were the final cuts.

I am pleased to see Mason Plumlee make the team. I was not thrilled with his inclusion prior to the Blue White game but he's pretty much a perfect fit for this team. He gives you energy, rebounding and strong defending and he doesn't try to create too much in the paint which frees up the wings to do their thing.

I'm really surprised to see Drummond make the team. He seems redundant and didn't offer much relative to the other bigs. It's crazy to see a US team with 5 legitimate big men. Its been a few decades since we've had that kind of depth.

Personally, I would have taken Korver over Drummond to sit at the end of the bench. If the US finds itself trailing, I'd want the option to bring in Korver's shooting. They have Steph Curry and a lot of players that are good shooters but I would have taken Korver as an insurance policy.

DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Rudy Gay (Sacramento Kings); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors).

tylercocinas
Post #45
Saturday August 23, 2014 2:50pm

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I would have left home Rudy Gay and brought Korver. Even though he's from the DMV I cannot stand him. He is a black hole and prevents anything resembling team offense from being played as a result of his need to dominate the basketball. In international basketball you have to continuously keep the ball moving and have shooters who can knock down the deep ball and Gay will be a detriment in both of those areas. Look no further than the USA basketball teams of the early 2000s. Lot of guys who liked to dribble the air out of the ball, try to take their man 1 on 1, and take shots that disrupted the rhythm of the offense.

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