Duncan won't play for US team again

Duncan won't play for US team again

Postby scheven on Sat Jan 07, 2006 8:56 pm

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2284166

PHOENIX -- Tim Duncan has officially notified USA Basketball that he will not be a part of the U.S. team that will compete at this year's world championships and the 2008 Olympics.

Jerry Colangelo, managing director of USA Basketball, said Saturday that Duncan's agent, Lon Babby, had called with the news earlier this week. Because of the call, Colangelo did not meet with Duncan when the San Antonio Spurs were in Arizona this weekend.

Colangelo, chosen to form a team to bring the U.S. back to world prominence in the sport, is requiring players to make a three-year commitment. The commitment includes a training camp in July, probably to be held in Las Vegas, as well as exhibition games in China and South Korea leading to the worlds in Japan in August.

There will be another training camp next year, followed by another and more exhibition games prior to the 2008 Games in Beijing.

Colangelo said has met with 15 to 18 players, and Duncan was the first to say he would not take part. Some, including Shaquille O'Neal, have said they were still considering it, while others, including Allen Iverson, have said they were willing to make the commitment.

Duncan was part of the U.S. team that won the bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics. He was selected for the U.S. team at the 2000 Olympics but had to withdraw with a knee injury.

Duncan played for the U.S. teams at the FIBA Americas qualifying tournaments in 1999 and 2003.

Colangelo, who has said the team will include role players and not be simply a collection of superstars, plans to announce the first batch of camp invitees by the NBA's All-Star break in mid-February.
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Postby theinsanity on Sat Jan 07, 2006 9:23 pm

Duncan said that either during or after the Olympics in 04. He got frustrated with the officiating.
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Postby KSMGF on Sun Jan 08, 2006 7:06 am

I can't believe Duncan turned down a opportunity to play along Kobe in the Olympics! I know he still pissed about the refs!
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Postby Neener on Sun Jan 08, 2006 7:25 am

Deport him immediately. :man9:
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Postby kwamejoke on Sun Jan 08, 2006 8:18 am

KSMGF wrote:I can't believe Duncan turned down a opportunity to play along Kobe in the Olympics! I know he still pissed about the refs!


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Postby KB24 on Sun Jan 08, 2006 8:55 am

I don´t miss him. He sucked in the last olympics with constant foul trouble and terrible defense because Euro centers play way more perimeter than in the states.
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Postby High IQ on Sun Jan 08, 2006 9:05 am

Neener wrote:Deport him immediately. :man9:

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Postby Real Deal on Sun Jan 08, 2006 9:17 am

It really has nothing to do with him being upset...it's all about those knees.
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Postby extreme on Sun Jan 08, 2006 10:37 am

too bad for usa
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Postby scheven on Sun Jan 08, 2006 10:52 am

Real Deal wrote:It really has nothing to do with him being upset...it's all about those knees.

doesn't the same thing go for snaq?
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Postby lakerfool on Sun Jan 08, 2006 11:12 am

hmm, replacements..Howard hasn't been doing too bad..and neither has brand

lets see how amare heals up
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Postby Kasumi on Sun Jan 08, 2006 11:35 am

It's a 3-year committment, Duncan plays deep in the post-season and his body just can't handle adding in a full summer as well. He also just had a baby and wants to spend some time at home.

And yeah, it was a bad experience for him last year and gave him a distaste for playing again.
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