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#16 King Taharqa

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 05:17 PM

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USA Basketball says Lamar Odom won't try to earn an Olympic roster spot, leaving the Americans with 15 players for 12 spots.

Odom informed USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski that he was unable to play this summer. He had previously been expected to take part in training camp this week despite a difficult season in which he and the Dallas Mavericks parted ways early.

With the Americans lacking size up front, Odom's departure could strengthen new Los Angeles Clippers teammate Blake Griffin's hopes of making the team, or perhaps open the door for Memphis Grizzlies' Rudy Gay.

The remaining players that are expected to report to camp Thursday in Las Vegas are: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Tyson Chandler, Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook, Andre Iguodala, James Harden, Eric Gordon and rookie Anthony Davis.

Davis, however, sprained his ankle Saturday and his status is not yet known. Despite the injury, Davis' father, Anthony Davis Sr., told ESPN.com's Andy Katz on Tuesday night that his son will be in Las Vegas on Thursday ready to play for Team USA.


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Posted 06 July 2012 - 09:16 AM

Dear God,

Please do not let the abomination that is Blake Griffin's offensive game anywhere near team USA.

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 09:23 AM

They might not have a choice. They need some size and length in the paint since Dwight, Aldridge, Bosh, and Odom arent competing.

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 10:36 AM

At least Blake will be there to make some awesome highlights during blowouts

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 10:19 PM

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LAS VEGAS -- LeBron James knows that some skeptics are doubting Team USA's chances in the London Olympics, but the reigning NBA MVP is still confident his team can win a gold medal.

When asked specifically about what the team didn't have without injured stars Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard and Dwyane Wade, James took it upon himself to display the confidence that helped him secure his first NBA championship last month.

"There's nothing that we don't have on this roster," James said after Team USA's first practice Friday afternoon.
James acknowledged that he felt sorry for players such as Rose and Howard who couldn't be on the team because of injuries, but that didn't change his mindset.

"Anybody, anybody who gets hurt, honestly," he said. "Not only D-Rose, but Dwight, Chris Bosh, LaMarcus Aldridge is supposed to be here as well. The list goes on. I wish all of them just get back healthy."

Given the status of some of USA's injured stars and the fact that Chris Paul (thumb) and Anthony Davis (ankle) are not at 100 percent, Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski said it will be difficult for him to build his team the way he would have liked.

"There is a challenge there," Krzyzewski said. "First of all, you got to get through these two days and select (the team) because still your mind is on, 'OK, who are the 12 going to be' -- while you're putting in a system, so there's not the normal continuity. But they did a good job, we actually got good stuff in today and we've got to pace them. We've got to pace them and use this period to start becoming more familiar with one another, put a system in, hopefully play a good game against the Dominican Republic and then use DC for another aspect of putting a team together."

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant acknowledged that other guys are going to have to "fill the void," but like James, he believes Team USA has more than enough to win with.

"We all know what's at stake and we all know what we're playing for," Durant said. "We're playing for our country, of course, and we want to get that gold. So guys are going to come out and be team first guys and we know everybody's game inside and out, we've played against them so many times during the regular season.

"So we know these games inside and out and it's just a matter of us getting the system down, defensive and offensive end, and everybody's going to play together."

The Americans understand they can't take any opponent lightly, especially because of all the setbacks that have been placed in their way recently.

"Anybody can be beat," Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love said. "You guys see powerhouses in the NCAAs. It's basketball; anybody can win on any given day so you have to bring it. We can't just assume that we're going to win.

"We have to play like we're the underdogs (and) play with a lot of heart and we have to play as hard as we can to win that gold."


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Posted 07 July 2012 - 06:20 PM

The 12 man roster is now set....

LeBron James
Kevin Durant
Kobe Bryant
Carmelo Anthony
Tyson Chandler
Chris Paul
Deron Williams
Kevin Love
Russell Westbrook
Andre Iguadala
Blake Griffin
James Harden

Your 2012 USA Men's Basketball Squad.

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 08:35 PM

What's the starting five?

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 08:41 PM

Keep an eye out for 35 year old Argentinian point guard Pablo Prigioni, he is on the Knicks radar and a good performance at the London Olympics may land him a roster spot in the NBA.



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Posted 07 July 2012 - 08:44 PM

ESPN speculated that this would be the lineup that team USA goes with...

PG: Chris Paul (if healthy), Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook
SG: Kobe Bryant, James Harden
SF: Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Andre Iguodala
PF: LeBron James, Kevin Love
C: Tyson Chandler, Blake Griffin

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 08:46 PM

For reference,

NBA Players By Team

USA: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, James Harden, Andre Iguodala, and Tyson Chandler
Spain: Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka, Ricky Rubio (injured), Jose Calderon, and Rudy Fernandez
France: Tony Parker, Nicolas Batum, Boris Diaw, Ronny Turiaf, and Kevin Seraphin
Argentina: Emanuel "Manu" Ginobili, Carlos Delfino, and Luis Scola
Brazil: Leandro Barbosa, Anderson Varejao, Nene Hilario, and Tiago Splitter
Great Britain: Luol Deng and Eric Boateng
Russia: Timofey Mozgov
Nigeria: Al-Farouq Aminu
Lithuania: Linas Kleiza
China: Yi Jianlian
Australia: Patrick "Patty" Mills
Tunisia: N/A

Other Notables

USA: N/A
Spain: Jaun Carlos Navarro (Former Memphis Grizzlies player)
France: Florent Pietrus (brother of Mikael Pietrus)
Argentina: Andres Nocioni (Former Chicago Bulls, Sacramento Kings, and Philadelphia 76ers player)
Brazil: N/A
Great Britain: Kyle Johnson (Long Island University Player) and Andrew Lawrence (College of Charleston Player)
Russia: Andrei Kirilenko (Former Utah Jazz Player)
Nigeria: Ike Diogu (Former Player of Seven Teams)
Lithuania: Jonas Valanciunas (Rights owned by the Toronto Raptors) and Deividas Dulkys (Florida State Player)
China: N/A
Australia: Matt Dellavedova (St. Mary's Player)
Tunisia: N/A

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 09:41 PM

We will really miss Howard. Whatever happened to the center position in this country?

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 10:36 PM

Spain is going to give us a game. we should be able to win, but watch out for that game. Tyson Chandler and Kevin Love are going to need to be beastly on defense and the boards, respectively. I think starters are

CP3, Kobe, KD, Lebron, and Tyson

Pau or Marc is going to have a game against us

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 10:41 PM

Also don't know about keeping Harden ...yes shooting is a need but we have a plethora of gurads, don't know who else we could have gotten but seems like one more big man could have helped

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 11:51 AM

Too bad Howard, Bosh, and Aldridge are all out, this team could really use another big man

I think with everyone healthy this years team could seriously challenge the '92 dream team

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 01:58 PM

I'd take Griffin and Love over Bosh.

However, I'd take Howard and Aldridge over Iguodala and Harden any day of the week and twice on Sunday's.


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