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Old 08-04-2006, 09:50 AM   #51
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Don't forget Hinrich...give the white boy some love.
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Old 08-04-2006, 10:22 AM   #52
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I think Coach K has got this team on a mission. He is to good of a coach. He will not let team USA "choke" (ala Larry Brown).
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Old 08-04-2006, 10:35 AM   #53
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I'm loving Team USA. And yeah, it's only a matter of time before I get a #15 USA jersey.

Melo is playing like a stud, had a great first quarter. The only thing I didn't like was that in the first quarter he totally missed a defensive rotation. He needs to keep working on that.
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Old 08-04-2006, 11:11 AM   #54
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Old 08-04-2006, 12:28 PM   #55
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Watching how this team is reacting to Coach K just makes me that much happier that he didn't sign with the Lakers a few years ago.
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I'm loving Team USA. And yeah, it's only a matter of time before I get a #15 USA jersey.

Melo is playing like a stud, had a great first quarter. The only thing I didn't like was that in the first quarter he totally missed a defensive rotation. He needs to keep working on that.

I love the way they played last night and I love how Coach K is going to rotate all 12 guys on the team and not stick to an anemic 8-man rotation like Larry Brown did.

They picked up the pace defensively in the second quarter and it was over after that.

I think this is the way Team USA should play, full-court pressing at the right times and using their bench to their advantage.
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Old 08-08-2006, 07:58 AM   #57
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Anthony injured his knee in win over Brazil.....dohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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Old 08-08-2006, 08:01 AM   #58
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Name one player that cares that they are playing for the US and isn't there just to add another trophy to their case.
Hinrich and Arenas for sure.
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Old 08-08-2006, 08:24 AM   #59
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That would be the nuggets luck...at least its not serious.
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Anthony injured his knee in win over Brazil.....dohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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This is no good.
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Old 08-08-2006, 08:29 AM   #61
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That would be the nuggets luck...at least its not serious.
Yeah, they just modified the article to say it wasn't serious....phew.

What impresses me though is the game he was having before he got injured. I hope he gets named captain; Krzyiwzeuiewskkki seems to have taken a liking to him.
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Old 08-08-2006, 08:30 AM   #62
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After watching the China game, I'm afraid this team isn't going to win the gold. I am a Duke fan, so I think K is the right man for the job. But this team, just like the last 2, doesn't have enough shooters. You can't have Wade and Brown heaving up 3s. Arenas barely hits the room.

I think they should drop Arenas and Joe Johnson and add Redick and Michael Redd. You HAVE to have a couple of jump shooters in international ball.
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After watching the China game, I'm afraid this team isn't going to win the gold. I am a Duke fan, so I think K is the right man for the job. But this team, just like the last 2, doesn't have enough shooters. You can't have Wade and Brown heaving up 3s. Arenas barely hits the room.

I think they should drop Arenas and Joe Johnson and add Redick and Michael Redd. You HAVE to have a couple of jump shooters in international ball.
I agree to an extent. I would still like to have seen a Michael Redd on this team.

But, to their credit, this full court pressure defense is good, and when the olympics roll around, they will have Kobe Bryant, who this summer is rehabbing from surgery, but will be on the team next summer.
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After watching the China game, I'm afraid this team isn't going to win the gold. I am a Duke fan, so I think K is the right man for the job. But this team, just like the last 2, doesn't have enough shooters. You can't have Wade and Brown heaving up 3s. Arenas barely hits the room.

I think they should drop Arenas and Joe Johnson and add Redick and Michael Redd. You HAVE to have a couple of jump shooters in international ball.
I think Redd turned it down; not sure. If he didn't it's assinine for him not to be on the team.

A lot of the best American shooters (Ray Allen turned it down, Kobe is nursing a knee) aren't there.
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Guys how's Chris Bosh doing? I'm so proud he's a starter because this kid is a superstar and has one of the best work ethic in the NBA.
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Old 08-08-2006, 09:13 AM   #66
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The one game I've seen (against PR) he didn't do all that well, but the guy can play some ball so I'm sure he'll be right there helping the team in the WBC's.

If he could get out of Toronto, a lot more people would love this guy.
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So, an interesting topic has been brought up on 950 the fan with alfred and scott...

Everything has been good and fun with the USA BBall. But now with Melo getting hurt, issues are raised.

It's easy for guys to say "oh nba players don't care" blah blah blah like they have in this thread. But what happens if somebody got hurt seriously?

I mean think about this. What if Carmelo was never the same? What if Champ Bailey blew out his knee in a Pro Bowl and was never the same? Same goes for baseball and hockey.

I mean, I think you have to play for your country if you are invited, but there are risks, and it's not just as easy as getting another trophy.
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Well, I saw the AP thing on Melo's injury right after it went down, and it was very vague about the whole thing. Needless to say, I was definitely fearing the worst.

And I got to thinking; if he went down with like an ACL tear or something, you would never, ever see the likes of Lebron, Wade, Kobe etc. in the Olympics again. Owners would start puting it in these guys' contracts that they couldn't compete in international basketball....any why shouldn't they? You've got to protect your investments.
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Old 08-08-2006, 11:35 PM   #69
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Melo should not play against Lithuania. It's important to rest and prevent risks. Maybe play against Korea to condition himself and prepare mentally and physically for the championship. Melo is looking really really good. Could be a top 3 scorer next year. I do not want to see him get hurt again (especially involving his knee). Next season will be Carmelo's redemption year if he can stay healthy. With his performance, there is no way he does not make the all star team and will put himself at par with Wade and Bron again, altho talent wise he was always up there with them.

When I first saw the news report of his injury, my heart sank. I am very glad he is ok. I hope the hyperextension doesn't affect his performance later on tho. He has been the stud of the team.
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Old 08-15-2006, 08:15 AM   #70
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USA kicks the crap out of the South Koreans. I'm starting to think this is the second best team ever assembled.

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I'm not going to bother posting a link, but per ESPN's bottom line, Bruce Bowen was the one cut before the WBC games.

I'm mixed on that... If you consider all basketball skills, Bowen is probably the worst player on the team... But man, his defense alone makes him valuable, so I don't know what to think... We'll see I suppose. WBC's start Monday, I believe!
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If you consider all basketball skills, Bowen is probably the worst player on the team...
um..Thats exactly why he got cut...
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um..Thats exactly why he got cut...
Very true, but the issue is, his defensive skills are the best on the squad, IMO... And that is one of those things that could possible trump other skills. Top to bottom, he may be the worst player in the bunch... But the one thing he's good at, defense, could be a huge asset. We shall see.
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the thing about him being such a great defender tho, is that if everyone else isn't as active on defense, it makes him irrelavent because the other team will just pass the ball away from him...IMO his offense is way too much of a liability especially in the interantional game.
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Very true, but the issue is, his defensive skills are the best on the squad, IMO... And that is one of those things that could possible trump other skills. Top to bottom, he may be the worst player in the bunch... But the one thing he's good at, defense, could be a huge asset. We shall see.
I disagree. I think Bowen's defense is overrated. Everyone knows he cheats on defense with his little shoves, etc... however, he receives the benefit of the no calls from the refs b/c... he plays for the Spurs and he is widely known for being the best defensive player in the NBA... therefore, the refs subconsciously ignore his subtle defensive ways...

In the international game, he does not have such luxury... he is not on a team that is geared defensively (altho they're improving upon it), nor is he known by anyone on an international level meaning refs won't stand for some of his defensive tricks. Anyway, he still is a great defender, don't get me wrong. But 4 pts in like 5 exhibition games? That's flat out horrible.
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