Redd likely the second member of Team USA

Redd likely the second member of Team USA

Postby JSM on Thu Dec 29, 2005 10:19 pm

Journal Times: Even before Jerry Colangelo met with Michael Redd last week at a swank Chicago hotel, he knew quite a bit about Michael Redd's myriad basketball abilities.

That is why Colangelo, the chairman and chief executive officer of the Phoenix Suns who is overseeing the selection of the 2008 United States Olympics men's basketball team, arranged for an interview with Redd in the first place.

Colangelo believes Redd, with his exceptional perimeter shooting skills, could be a valuable asset for the U.S. team.

"He's a very talented young guy,'' Colangelo said in a telephone interview from his office in Phoenix Tuesday. "He can score, and he can shoot. Those are strong attributes when putting together an international team.''

Indeed, the 6-foot-6 Redd is averaging 24.8 points a game and shooting a blistering .468 from 3-point range. He is a career 40 percent 3-point shooter. But while Redd’s scoring and shooting assets helped him gain consideration for the U.S. Olympic team, Colangelo wanted to get a better feel for Redd's personality and measure how interested he was in representing his country in the 2008 Games, which will be held in Beijing, China.

Colangelo had an in-depth and candid conversation with Redd for approximately 1 1/2 hours, and came away even more impressed with the 26-year-old.

"The interview went extremely well,'' Colangelo said. "He's a fine young man. He should be very proud of what he's accomplished. He's a good one, a good person. Everyone speaks very highly of him.
"He came as advertised.''

Colangelo said Redd was one of around 30 players whom he has interviewed or will interview before the NBA All-Star Game in February. Colangelo has said he wants a three-year commitment from the players he chooses. He said Redd was up front with him during the interview and appreciated his candor.

"He told me about his personal situation,'' Colangelo said. "He told me he's getting married this summer and about his honeymoon. So, there's a little bit of a conflict there. But we talked that through also.''
While Colangelo was impressed by Redd's words, he was just as impressed by his actions.

"He jumped into a limo and it took him 2 1/2 hours to get there,'' Colangelo said. "I was really impressed that he'd go out of the way on his off day to do this. That shows you something about him.''

Colangelo said after he's done interviewing candidates for the team, he'll whittle the field to 20. Colangelo politely refused to reveal any of the players on his list, although guard Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers recently said he would be on the team. Dwyane Wade, a former Marquette University and current Miami Heat star, is also believed to be on Colangelo's short list.

In addition to the 30 players Colangelo will personally interview, it is believed he'll assemble another group of about 15 players who are either in high school, college or young NBA players. They’ll be evaluated and given serious consideration for future international competition.

Colangelo declined to mention any candidates for that group, but there has been speculation that New Orleans/Oklahoma City guard Chris Paul, New York forward-center Channing Frye and Bucks point guard T.J. Ford will be among the top prospects.
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Postby grego on Thu Dec 29, 2005 10:52 pm

Should have been on it last year.
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Postby NeoSoul on Thu Dec 29, 2005 11:06 pm

Yeah, I think we all knew they'd add Redd. They need to roll with a team of:

Sheed
KG
Amare
Brand
J. O'Neal
Bron
Kobe
RIP
Redd
Ray
Billups
Kidd

A good mix of shooters, bigs, scorers, slashers, D, and true PGs and a good mix of the Pistons squad.
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Postby Still A Dynasty on Fri Dec 30, 2005 2:25 am

NeoSoul wrote:Yeah, I think we all knew they'd add Redd. They need to roll with a team of:

Sheed
KG
Amare
Brand
J. O'Neal
Bron
Kobe
RIP
Redd
Ray
Billups
Kidd

A good mix of shooters, bigs, scorers, slashers, D, and true PGs and a good mix of the Pistons squad.


i like that team a lot, but here is what id do

Amare
Big Ben
KG
Bosh
Howard
Bron
Prince
Artest
Kobe
Redd
Ray
Billups
Paul
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Postby The Kobe Era 2K5 on Fri Dec 30, 2005 3:51 am

It's smart move by Colangelo, cuz Redd is great shooter and in 2008 he will be at the top of age.
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Postby SOAD on Fri Dec 30, 2005 5:15 am

Cool. :jam2:

Redd is the most under-rated guy in the league right now.
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Postby extreme on Fri Dec 30, 2005 9:33 am

SOAD wrote:Cool. :jam2:

Redd is the most under-rated guy in the league right now.

I think this also.

Kobe & Redd = Guaranteed GOLD :man11:
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Postby balling_nerd on Fri Dec 30, 2005 10:34 am

Cool.

Redd is the most under-rated guy in the league right now.


No. That trophy belongs to Tracy Lamar McGrady
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Postby DWadeIsGod03 on Fri Dec 30, 2005 5:30 pm

balling_nerd wrote:
Cool.

Redd is the most under-rated guy in the league right now.


No. That trophy belongs to Tracy Lamar McGrady
:jam2: :jam2: :jam2: :jam2: :jam2:


TMac is not underrated. I agree with Redd.
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Postby balling_nerd on Mon Jan 02, 2006 5:13 pm

TMac is not underrated. I agree with Redd.


Your post was half right, half wrong....

You said T-MAC was not underrated...You're wrong
You said Redd was underrated....I agree

See, here's the deal....
T-MAC is A+ in every single damn part of
the game except in...
1 on 1 defense (which Kobe has)...

T-MAC puts up scary numbers...
People don't say anything...He's not even considered
as a Top-10 MVP in the NBA...
And Lebron.......
He puts up some scarier numbers....
People goes nuts and says that Lebron is
better than MJ and list him as Top-5 MVP
after he team failed to make the playoffs
for the second straight season....
His rookie season was acceptable, but last season, he had...
Big Z
Drew Gooden
Eric Snow
and few more so-so playerzzz

Each one of these players would've made a huge impact in
other teams like Bulls who made the playoffs with
all the young talents.....
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Postby SOAD on Mon Jan 02, 2006 5:33 pm

DWadeIsGod03 wrote:
balling_nerd wrote:
Cool.

Redd is the most under-rated guy in the league right now.


No. That trophy belongs to Tracy Lamar McGrady
:jam2: :jam2: :jam2: :jam2: :jam2:


TMac is not underrated. I agree with Redd.


Tmac is underrated on this board.
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Postby High IQ on Mon Jan 02, 2006 9:33 pm

t-mac's 2nd name is LAmar? :man3:
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Postby Sharpshooter on Mon Jan 02, 2006 10:50 pm

was kobe the first playerr recruited for usa basketball.
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Postby strikemode14 on Tue Jan 03, 2006 6:25 am

balling_nerd wrote:
Cool.

Redd is the most under-rated guy in the league right now.


No. That trophy belongs to Tracy Lamar McGrady
:jam2: :jam2: :jam2: :jam2: :jam2:


Yeah Redd is an okay player but, I mean to say he is underrated is stretching it a bit. I mean great shooter but, really isn't a horrible defender. Pretty he is nothing more then a poor man's Ray Allen. Plus his contract he signed now that wasn't underrated. I think he is making like max money now or close to it. As for T-Mac is underrated. I mean offensively he is right there with Kobe if not better then Kobe at that aspect. HE is more athletic then Kobe and the game at least offensively seems to be more of a natural flow for him. I mean half the times he doesn't have to put that much effort in doing it. IMO if you put Kobe's brain in his body you would have your new MJ. What stops T-MAc from being a great great player is his unwillingness to play D. I mean last playoffs he was playing it but, in the reg season he doesn't.
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