shud Melo be kicked off the Team USA ?

shud Melo be kicked off the Team USA ?

Postby GinoDB on Sun Apr 27, 2008 12:53 am

with the DUI incident and his piss poor play and attitude in this 1st round, shud he be off the team ? who shud be in instead?how bout Odom? or G Wallace? or Josh Smith?
I know how good he is in FIBA ball but how do u think it will work based on whats going on between Kobe and the Nuggets ?
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Postby DJ Qube on Sun Apr 27, 2008 12:59 am

Wow, good question. It's probably George Karl's fault, but his offensive game right now looks like one iso play after another... definitely not team ball.... Not gonna fly with Team USA. His attitude isn't impressing me too much either.
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Postby GinoDB on Sun Apr 27, 2008 1:03 am

hes still a great player, but I think him making it would be an insult to guys who work their butts off to play good basketball , it just would not be fair , another good candidate would be Josh Smith I think , he works hard and plays D
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Postby GinoDB on Sun Apr 27, 2008 1:04 am

DJ Qube wrote:Wow, good question. It's probably George Karl's fault, but his offensive game right now looks like one iso play after another... definitely not team ball.... Not gonna fly with Team USA. His attitude isn't impressing me too much either.


good point, if I recall correctly that was his main problem as a rookie/2nd year, guess hes back to square one.
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Postby Venomenon on Sun Apr 27, 2008 1:23 am

Lamar would be a nice fit to Team USA. Long arms, a passer, good defense.
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Postby BB on Sun Apr 27, 2008 2:54 am

Josh Smith or Melo are better players for FIBA ball than LAmar. All FIBA teams will zone up so Odom will have to take jumpers. You want to see that?
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Postby GinoDB on Sun Apr 27, 2008 3:08 am

BB wrote:Josh Smith or Melo are better players for FIBA ball than LAmar. All FIBA teams will zone up so Odom will have to take jumpers. You want to see that?


u got a point,

but pls note, this is NOT a "replace Melo with Lamar" thread

nothing wrong with what u said, just dont want the thread to change

its about Melo making it or not based on what he has shown in the past 2 weeks.

Lamar is just one name I threw out there,feel free to mention anyone else ud like to see replace Melo if they take him out
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Postby doggy dogg on Sun Apr 27, 2008 3:09 am

Melo should be kicked out of the team but he wouldnt.


And no Lamar is not a better fit than Melo on that team :man11:
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Postby GinoDB on Sun Apr 27, 2008 3:12 am

doggy dogg wrote:Melo should be kicked out of the team but he wouldnt.


And no Lamar is not a better fit than Melo on that team :man11:


again its NOT a Melo vs LO thread , hes just one suggestion out of many possible ones .

do I have to take out his name to make sense?


edit ---- I put other names there now, so pls no more Melo vs LO
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Postby Karl11-Caron1 on Sun Apr 27, 2008 3:43 am

how about jason kapono? or caron butler? :mhihi:
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Postby Murdock on Sun Apr 27, 2008 4:40 am

better question is: Should Wade play on Team USA? He is bad shooter, he won't get calls like he does in NBA, plus the zone is ultimate counter to his game

this player isn't needed but he will get nod becuase of his superstar status ... :bang: :bang:

on the other hand Melo have every tools an international player needs ... with Kobe the best shooter on team USA squad
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Postby KareemTheGreat33 on Sun Apr 27, 2008 5:13 am

Isn't Mike Miller a member? USABA should add Korver or Kapono too. In what they bring to the team skillwise; Lebron, Kobe and Melo are too much alike imo. Need to balance that roster with shooters. Redd can't do it alone..

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Postby JSM on Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:34 am

You can check out who's on Team USA here:

http://www.nba.com/usabasketball/
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Postby TXLAKERFAN on Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:44 am

Melo>>>>>>>>>>everyone that has been mentioned as replacing him in this thread so far. On top of that I don't think he has been found guilty as of yet and we(Lakers) have been zoning in on Melo to take away his production. Wasn't he 4th of 5th in ppg this year?
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Postby JSM on Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:54 am

^ I'm not saying he should be dropped but it will be interesting to see what roster decisions they make because all the guys that were hurt and couldn't compete last year are now healthy.

I don't think Wade should be added because his game does not fit international play in any way, shape, or form.

CP3 HAS to be added.

Brand, LO, Boozer, Bosh, Jamison, Joe Johnson, Marion, and Pierce are on the outside looking in and I think you could make a strong case for at least 5 of those guys.

You also have Oden. I'm not sure whether the Blazers would give him their blessing or not.
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Postby nameant on Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:58 am

Melo is one of our best international players. Do I think we need him to win the Gold? No. But I don't think we should kick him off b/c he's sucked in the playoffs. Look at the guys he is playing with. There's a reason we call them the Thuggets. Under better leaders and classy, hard-working players is where he'll be with team USA.

Speaking of team USA though...we DON'T need Wade. I just hope they don't ruin the chemistry these guys had. Wade can't play international ball to save his life.
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Postby Mr. Chicken on Sun Apr 27, 2008 8:05 am

nameant wrote:Melo is one of our best international players. Do I think we need him to win the Gold? No. But I don't think we should kick him off b/c he's sucked in the playoffs. Look at the guys he is playing with. There's a reason we call them the Thuggets. Under better leaders and classy, hard-working players is where he'll be with team USA.

Speaking of team USA though...we DON'T need Wade. I just hope they don't ruin the chemistry these guys had. Wade can't play international ball to save his life.


Agree'd. We don't need D-Whistle for the Olympics. Team USA already established amazing chemistry during the summer. I think they should stick with the team they had last year.
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Postby halekulani on Sun Apr 27, 2008 8:09 am

....no
he's still one of our best international players
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Postby Tha_Reel on Sun Apr 27, 2008 8:13 am

JSM wrote:^ I'm not saying he should be dropped but it will be interesting to see what roster decisions they make because all the guys that were hurt and couldn't compete last year are now healthy.

I don't think Wade should be added because his game does not fit international play in any way, shape, or form.

CP3 HAS to be added.

Brand, LO, Boozer, Bosh, Jamison, Joe Johnson, Marion, and Pierce are on the outside looking in and I think you could make a strong case for at least 5 of those guys.

You also have Oden. I'm not sure whether the Blazers would give him their blessing or not.


CP3 should be added, though between Kidd (who I still think will start) and Williams, maybe the coaching staff will find it tough to split time between them.

Brand's not playing in the Olympics this year (healing from achilles injury), and I don't know if Pierce and JJ are really necessary as their skillsets are would be redundant on the team with KB/LBJ. Marion's compelling to look at, as well as maybe one of Boozer/Bosh- probably Bosh because of his shooting ability. I agree that D-Wade isn't necessary for team USA either, and despite his desire to play, I think the Heat want him to get a full summer of healing. Same deal with Oden, Blazers need him to heal and at this point he's not gonna bring more to the table at the C position than Dwight/Chandler

Kidd/Paul/Williams
Bryant/Miller
James/Prince
Anthony/Stoudemire/Bosh?
Howard/Chandler

That's gonna be a fun team to watch...
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Postby OC Lakerfan on Sun Apr 27, 2008 9:00 am

BB wrote:Josh Smith or Melo are better players for FIBA ball than LAmar. All FIBA teams will zone up so Odom will have to take jumpers. You want to see that?


Actually I thought Lamar was great in the Olympics.
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Postby Radner on Sun Apr 27, 2008 9:30 am

I prefer Ray Allen over Lamar. We need all the shooters that we can get.

Allen, Redd, and Miller = Nice!!!
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Postby Murdock on Sun Apr 27, 2008 9:31 am

Sad is that i am sure D-Whistle will get the spot :'-( well maybe i will write Mike personal mail since i am from Europe so i will teach him about things Wade lack for international ball and that he has NO thing that USA team needs ... and has for being able to play in international competition
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Postby halekulani on Sun Apr 27, 2008 9:47 am

Radner wrote:I prefer Ray Allen over Lamar. We need all the shooters that we can get.

Allen, Redd, and Miller = Nice!!!


but does ray allen want to play? :\
i'd love kg to be in there too but i dont think he wants to do it
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Postby KB24 on Sun Apr 27, 2008 9:55 am

yes he should.

he is useless for that team. All he does is score and with James, Kobe, Paul and these guys they don't need that.

Melo plays PF anyway most of the time and we all know he is not a PF.

I don't mind him being there but he is redundant.
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Postby Paul on Sun Apr 27, 2008 10:00 am

The Series aint over yet, what if melo drops 30+ points in the next 4 games and the Nuggets advance?

Not that i want it, but dont talk like we won the series already.
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