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In a surprising move, Coach K has announced he'll return as Head Coach of Team USA for 4 more years. This is great for Colangelo, the team and any fan of the FIBA games. He was the master and commander of it all alongside Colangelo the first time around. The workouts begin this week to determine who will be offered invites to Team USA.

Now, the question won't be if the talent will be there, because there's loads of talent ready to step in and play, but the real question will be will some refuse to play? Most of the core from last years team apparently told Colangelo they'll return, but signing a 4 year committment is easier said than done. Here's how I think the team should look, barring nobody backs out. There are 12 slots available

G-Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Brandon Roy, Ben Gordon
F-Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Chris Bosh
C-Dwight Howard, Amare Stoudemire

Lineup-
PG-Chris Paul
SG-Kobe Bryant
SF-Lebron James
PF-Carmelo Anthony
C-Dwight Howard
Bench (in order)-Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Deron Williams, Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire, Brandon Roy, Ben Gordon

The few barely making the list are Amare, and Gordon. Having a gunner on the team like Gordon is always a necessity though. Redd, I don't think, will be on the team this time around being that he'll be 34 by 2012 and that he just had major knee surgery so insert Gordon into that spot. I really hope Durant makes it, unfortunately for him, they already have Lebron and Melo, but Melo tends to play more of a 4 type position in FIBA where he greatly excels. I'd like to see Roy make it as well, but again, tough for me to actually see it happen because of Kobe and Wade ahead of him with Coach K playing Paul and Williams together for significant minutes last year.

Other candidates: Ron Artest (a great possibility), Shane Battier, Tyson Chandler, Carlos Boozer, Stephen Curry, Blake Griffin, Danny Granger, Joe Johnson, Devin Harris, Rajon Rondo, Derrick Rose

The issue is that Battier, Boozer, Kidd, Redd and Prince were all on last years team. Would they really not select them again? Do they go with 2 actual centers next time around instead of relying on Howard to stay out of foul trouble with Bosh and Boozer rotation in at center? We'll find out soon.
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I wouldn't have Stoudemire on the team, his style of play is worthless in international basketball.
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I wouldn't have Stoudemire on the team, his style of play is worthless in international basketball.


I think that stoudamire is not the other true center we are looking for here. Instead of sacrificing the position to get a big time player, why not insert a guy like Bynum, Okafor, Chandler and Jefferson, who would be better picks IMO.



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A big guy like LaMarcus Aldridge would be a much better asset for the international game than Stoudemire.
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A big guy like LaMarcus Aldridge would be a much better asset for the international game than Stoudemire.


Or Al Jefferson, one of the only American post players who can score in the half court offense from the low block.
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Al Jefferson doesn't fit into the FIBA game. Andrew Bynum hasn't even proven he's a starting center in the league yet. His foul troubles are widely known, something you don't want behind Dwight Howard in FIBA. Is Okafor even allowed to play on Team USA? Was he born here? I guess I'd probably go with Tyson Chandler. A 7'1" guy with his ability would be a huge asset to Team USA.
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MBC2K4 wrote:


I wouldn't have Stoudemire on the team, his style of play is worthless in international basketball.


I think that stoudamire is not the other true center we are looking for here. Instead of sacrificing the position to get a big time player, why not insert a guy like Bynum, Okafor, Chandler and Jefferson, who would be better picks IMO.


I agree with you MadCity. I think Bynum would be worthless to the team in the state he is right now but the rest looks good.
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Bynum is still young and has a few years to develop before they make a decision, but as of right now, I wouldn't want him, Chandler, or Stoudemire anywhere near the National Team. Those guys can't do anything on offense without Kobe, Nash, and CP3 there to make their lunch for them and see them off to the end of the driveway for the bus to pick them up.
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In a surprising move?

There's nothing that surprising about it considering how much he went on and on about how great of a time he had.
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cameroncrazies02
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In a surprising move?

There's nothing that surprising about it considering how much he went on and on about how great of a time he had.


Yeah but to repeat what they did the last time around is going to be very, very difficult. I think a lot of people were expecting him to go out on top.
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cameroncrazies02 wrote:

Yeah but to repeat what they did the last time around is going to be very, very difficult. I think a lot of people were expecting him to go out on top.


True.

To be honest though, I expect them to win gold in 2012 as well. Team USA is just too talented not to win gold every time they compete in the Olympics. I think it really is all about finding the right coach to get these guys to work together and develop something special.


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The past two seasons right before Bynum got injuries he was on a tear, showing off his post moves and getting impressive numbers against the best big men at that. I know the playoffs he was disappointing and is still fresh in your mind as a diehard Laker fan but if you go back and watch him he was very impressive and actually has post moves. He just seemed he didn't have any confidence and Alridge is a 6 10 jumpshooter who just fades away, I never see him banging in the post. I'd hate him on team usa because they just need one big guy who can play physical when needed, rebound and really just finish off dump offs for the most part. When they play a team with size he wouldn't be of use really although he could stretch the floor coming off the bench, Bynum could provide all of what they need and be able to utilize his size in the post. But you're right time will tell with Bynum.
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Bynum is at least worth a try out, his size, skill and true post fundmentals are fit for FIBA, not to mention he's not afraid to throw his body around. His shot isn't consistent from 15-19 feet but he has the potential. I also think during the playoffs where he had his biggest bouts of foul trouble it was out of frustration and lack of confidence, in a few years he'll have his game down. Lamarcus Aldridge is a fairy.


LaMarcus Alridge's all-around game right now is comparable to Hakeem Olajuwon's when you compare him with Bynum. Bynum is still young and has some years to improve, but right now honestly he's like a slightly better upgrade from Kwame Brown. He can basically catch passes and finish dunks, two things that Kwame couldn't do during his Laker tenure.
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Kevin Durant reportedly looking very impressive in the try outs. I also forgot Javale Mcgee, he's still really young but his unreal length and impressive athleticism can really vault him and possibly make the team in coming years. His upside is quite considerable, he just needs to bulk up and refine his post moves.
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Bynum is at least worth a try out, his size, skill and true post fundmentals are fit for FIBA, not to mention he's not afraid to throw his body around. His shot isn't consistent from 15-19 feet but he has the potential. I also think during the playoffs where he had his biggest bouts of foul trouble it was out of frustration and lack of confidence, in a few years he'll have his game down. Lamarcus Aldridge is a fairy.
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