With stars sidelined, Oden and Durant on Team USA

With stars sidelined, Oden and Durant on Team USA

Postby Lord Johnny on Tue May 22, 2007 5:22 pm

Greg Oden and Kevin Durant are in, and Tayshaun Prince and Tyson Chandler are joining them.

USA Basketball is making a number of changes to this summer's roster, with the Americans adding the two college stars and a couple of defensive specialists but losing Dwyane Wade and some key players because of injuries.

Managing director Jerry Colangelo is set to announce the additions to the roster at a press conference Wednesday in Las Vegas, where the Americans will train and compete this summer in the FIBA Americas tournament.

Jason Kidd, Mike Miller and Utah teammates Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams also will be in camp in July with a chance to make the roster for the Olympic qualifier that runs from Aug. 22-Sept. 2.

Oden was at camp last summer after completing high school but wasn't able to play because of his broken wrist. Expected to be one of the top two picks along with Durant in the NBA draft, he fills Colangelo's desire to add another shot blocker and rebounder.

So does Chandler, the New Orleans center who was second in the NBA in rebounding. Prince is a top defensive forward who helped limit LeBron James to 10 points Monday night in the Pistons' victory over Cleveland.

Wade and Chris Paul were key contributors on the U.S. team that won the bronze medal at the world championships in Japan, but are sidelined after surgeries. Also unable to participate this summer because of injuries are Paul Pierce, Lamar Odom, Gilbert Arenas, Joe Johnson and Brad Miller.

Pierce and Odom also were sidelined last summer.

Kidd was a member of the Olympic gold medal-winning team in 2000 and Boozer played for the Americans in Athens in 2004, when they won bronze.

The new additions join 17 players eligible to participate from last year's original pool Colangelo picked for the world championships through the Olympics.


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Postby Weezy on Tue May 22, 2007 5:27 pm

Tayshaun Prince :jam2: . Exactly what team USA needs. And lol @ "Wade and Paul being big contributers to the USA winning the bronze medal", yeah, big whoop.
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Postby westcoast21 on Wed May 23, 2007 7:00 am

has there been any mention of KB24 on the USA team this summer? I thought he was suppose to play this year?
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Postby lakerzkb8 on Wed May 23, 2007 8:24 am

Kobes repeatedly said this year that hes up for it, but i've yet to hear/read a public comment by Team USA regarding his status on the team. Its a nobrainer they're going to want him with scorers like Dwade and possibly Lebron James out.
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Postby karacha on Wed May 23, 2007 8:54 am

That team looks much better now. kidd, Kobe, Prince and the young guns. Chandler, Boozer, Deron... lots of defense, and rebounding. But they will need a real shooter aside from Kobe. Someone who can really capm at the international 3pt line and sink jumper after jumper.

Yeah, this is much better team than before.
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Postby Tragic on Wed May 23, 2007 10:03 am

Good, all they needed to do was to ditch wade and Lebron and now this team is light years ahead of last year or previous years. Our standard of USA basketball should not be bronze or anything less. We should be competing for gold and I think we have a legit chance now.
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Postby ladam24 on Wed May 23, 2007 2:51 pm

Oden and Durant would contribute more than Wade anyway. He can't play the international game.

This is also great for me, i get to see Durant, Oden, Kobe all at the same time on the same team. Pretty cool IMO.
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Postby Showtime is Magic on Wed May 23, 2007 5:30 pm

ladam24 wrote:This is also great for me, i get to see Durant, Oden, Kobe all at the same time on the same team. Pretty cool IMO.
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Postby Radner on Wed May 23, 2007 5:56 pm

Mike Miller and Michael Redd might help us with shooting also.
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Postby grego on Wed May 23, 2007 8:06 pm

For Lakers sake, its better if Kobe didn't play. Summer takes a toll on players who have to carry a huge load or go deep into playoffs.
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Postby KB24 on Wed May 23, 2007 11:05 pm

Prince, Oden, Durant, Kobe....good additions....
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Postby CrazyLikeCatfish on Wed May 23, 2007 11:32 pm

grego wrote:For Lakers sake, its better if Kobe didn't play. Summer takes a toll on players who have to carry a huge load or go deep into playoffs.
That's true, but it's been something he's been meaning to do, and most of us would like to see how he does playing for Team USA.
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Postby LakRfAn on Wed May 23, 2007 11:50 pm

grego wrote:For Lakers sake, its better if Kobe didn't play. Summer takes a toll on players who have to carry a huge load or go deep into playoffs.


you're right, but the only basketball team i care about more than the lakers is the us national team, and we need all the top talent we can get after the last few pathetic international showing

kobe won't have to carry this team... he should be fine

as far as Oden & Durant going - it will be great for their development and great for the US national team since they will likely be important contributors on the team for years to come
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Postby KareemTheGreat33 on Thu May 24, 2007 10:59 am

ladam24 wrote:Oden and Durant would contribute more than Wade anyway. He can't play the international game.


The international referees do not call phantom fouls so Wade will never be effective..
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Amare Commits To Team USA

Postby Massacre on Thu May 24, 2007 11:17 am

Amare Commits To Team USA

With more recuperation time than he anticipated due to the Suns' second-round exit, Amare Stoudemire committed to play for the senior national team this summer with a Tuesday phone call to USA Basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski.

"It's exciting," Krzyzewski said Wednesday. "Amaré said, 'Coach, it's going to be an honor to play for the U.S. I'm ready. What do you want me to do over the next two months?' That type of commitment shows great maturity. It's a verbal commitment that is strong. We expect him to be a strong player. I told him to relax for a little bit because getting to be a first-team All-NBA player after that (microfracture) surgery is really one of the more remarkable accomplishments for a player."
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Postby Iceberg Slim on Thu May 24, 2007 12:06 pm

Amare is going to be a straight horse out there. But if he has to matchup with the Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol, Andrei Bargnani types, he's going to be in for a matchup.

Personally, I think the team is going to suck...again. Call me negative. But the formula we are trying to use is not going to get it done based on the players that are available. With that said, we have no choice to use the players that are willing to play. Double edged sword.
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Postby Weezy on Thu May 24, 2007 12:21 pm

Iceberg Slim wrote:Personally, I think the team is going to suck...again.


I don't know man, I think this team has a shot. I mean look at this lineup

Billups/Kidd
Kobe
Prince/LeBron
Stoudemire
Chandler

And that's just possible starters. That's a much better team thatn last years team. Kidd/Billups >>>>>> Hinrich, Kobe>>>>Wade, and I can't even remember the rest of the team, not a memorable team. My main point is defense, look at that lineup I listed, all great defenders.
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Postby Iceberg Slim on Thu May 24, 2007 1:03 pm

Weezy wrote:
Iceberg Slim wrote:Personally, I think the team is going to suck...again.


I don't know man, I think this team has a shot. I mean look at this lineup

Billups/Kidd
Kobe
Prince/LeBron
Stoudemire
Chandler

And that's just possible starters. That's a much better team thatn last years team. Kidd/Billups >>>>>> Hinrich, Kobe>>>>Wade, and I can't even remember the rest of the team, not a memorable team. My main point is defense, look at that lineup I listed, all great defenders.


[b][i]The 2004 Summer Olympic team looked better than the team above and this past summers team. They ended with bronze, as we all know.

Chandler and Stoudemire. They have defensive SKILLS but they lack defensive intelliegence in my opinion. They may block shots but can they play sound man-to man D that doesn't show up in the stats? That's going to be vital when they are defending those 6'10" to 7'0" Euro's who can step out to 21 feet.

Lebron's defense sucks.

Kobe is the greatest, no need to speak on him.

Prince is good.

Kidd can't shoot.

To me, the USA is looking for speciality players. Guys that can "shoot" or "rebound" or "defend". And I think this is the problem with American basketball circa 2007. We have developed a basketball conscious of NOT building overall great basketball players, but rather players that can fit a mold or a position. And it starts when these men are boys in little league, AAU, and so on. Oscar Robertson was considered a "guard"...period. Not a point guard or a shooting guard. That was reflected in his stats; 25.7 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 7.5 assists for his career. Larry Bird, same thing. He wasn't just a small foward or a power foward. But just a foward. The one example of a player I see that is just a great post player is Tim Duncan. He just is what he is. But like I said, its a catch 22. We have to use what is given to us.

P.S. I noticed you used the term, "they have a shot". I think you can sense as well that they may, and probably won't, dominate.
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Postby Weezy on Thu May 24, 2007 4:00 pm

Iceberg Slim wrote:[b]P.S. I noticed you used the term, "they have a shot". I think you can sense as well that they may, and probably won't, dominate.[/b


You'd be correct if you thought I meant they won't dominate. The rest of the world has caught up, simple as that, and I see nothing wrong with that. It's no longer a given that the US wins, it's a real competition now, the Spain team is great, the Argentinian team is great, Puerto Rico gives the US trouble, it's just not that simple anymore. I do think that smart experienced players like Kidd and Billups playing with other smart and experienced players like Kobe and Prince give us a better shot than we've had in years though. Nobody on any other team is going to be able to stop Kobe, nobody stops Kidd from making the passes he does, he doesn't have to shoot. Billups may have been on before, but not with the right players. None of the teams we've had in recent years were the absolute BEST players at their posistions the NBA has to offer. It was simply big names, star power, now it's big names WITH offensive and defensive skill.
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