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Old 08-03-2006, 05:32 PM   #1
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Default OT - Anyone excited for Team USA Basketball???

I'm actually looking forward to us playing. We actually play an exhibition tonight on ESPN2. Unfortunately, news just broke that Amare Stoudemire is being dropped from the team....
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Old 08-03-2006, 05:36 PM   #2
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I'm not excited about it BUT I do like how they assembled the team. They kept a lot of the cry baby stars of the team and got a lot of workman types. I think this team will have a good chance at winning the Gold despite the lack of stars on it or more like because the lack of stars on it.
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Old 08-03-2006, 05:42 PM   #3
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Old 08-03-2006, 05:42 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 08-03-2006, 05:47 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 08-03-2006, 05:50 PM   #6
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That's right. He comes from a long line of Lute Olson UofA badasses! Lute knows how to screw a kids head on real tight.
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Old 08-03-2006, 05:53 PM   #7
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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.. you kidding me.. this kid is all heart.
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Old 08-03-2006, 05:56 PM   #8
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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.
I'd also say Battier, Brand, Bowen, Miller, Jamison...
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Old 08-03-2006, 05:56 PM   #9
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Just be glad that Football doesn't have international competition. I wonder how many NFL'ers would give of their time to partake in a non-paid competition? They have enought trouble signing autographs after a practice, much less giving months of their time to be patriotic.
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Hinrich.. you kidding me.. this kid is all heart.
Why do you say that?
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Old 08-03-2006, 05:58 PM   #11
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By the way, Hinrich is my favorite NBA player, I'm excited they didn't go with the NBA one-on-one player's and went with all-around team players, ala Bruce Bowen, and Battier. Obviously the USA has the best talent around but it doesn't matter with the way the international game is played. USA USA USA!!
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Old 08-03-2006, 06:00 PM   #12
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That's right. He comes from a long line of Lute Olson UofA badasses! Lute knows how to screw a kids head on real tight.
Two of the biggest headcases in the NBA come from Zona: Salim and Damon Stoudamire.
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Old 08-03-2006, 06:02 PM   #13
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Not excited, but glad that they put the team correctly for once.

Stoudemire must not be 100% yet......
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Old 08-03-2006, 06:07 PM   #14
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Why do you say that?
I was saying that's why i'm looking forward to the USA Basketball tourney, it's like my dream team, with Hinrich, Lebron, Wade..should be some fireworks from the best draft class in years..and oh ya, BOsh..
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Old 08-03-2006, 06:11 PM   #15
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Two of the biggest headcases in the NBA come from Zona: Salim and Damon Stoudamire.
Salim is nowhere near "headcase" status - but I'll concede on Damon.

Anyways, UofA / Lute can still claim: Sean Elliot, Loren Woods, Luke Walton, Mike Bibby, Richard Jefferson, Andre Iguodala, Hassan Adams, Jason Terry, yada yada
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Old 08-03-2006, 06:22 PM   #16
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Lute got started at I-O-W-A...Don't forget it either...that's where his heart still is...He's a mechanical bull now..
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Anyways, UofA / Lute can still claim: Sean Elliot, Loren Woods, Luke Walton, Mike Bibby, Richard Jefferson, Andre Iguodala, Hassan Adams, Jason Terry, yada yada
I'm anxious to see what we look like as a team, even though they've only had about 2 weeks to gel. I also like the way they've put this team together, at least so far.

If my memory serves me correctly wasn't Salim suspended from the team or at least publicly admonished for his behavior several times while at Zona?
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Old 08-03-2006, 06:43 PM   #18
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I would be excited, but I have no idea how or when the games are going to be on. I mean, the Championships are in Japan, right? Are we even going to be able to watch them?

I'm more excited for the experience that Melo is getting and for the fact every puff piece I've read is raving about him and his approach. Great news.
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I'm anxious to see what we look like as a team, even though they've only had about 2 weeks to gel. I also like the way they've put this team together, at least so far.

If my memory serves me correctly wasn't Salim suspended from the team or at least publicly admonished for his behavior several times while at Zona?
Yeah, but Lute got him straightened out in his final year.

There was, however, an incident where a number of his teammates (not him) broke into a vending machine before their game against Kansas in Lawrence. That was a bit of a fiasco.
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Oh, ok. I think he got suspended by the Hawks for a couple games too, but I'm not sure. I think somebody mentioned it before but tonight's exhibition is on ESPN2 at 11:00 eastern time. Good point about seeing the games from Japan though. I'm sure if they are on here they'll be tape delayed, but I'll probably still watch them.
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Old 08-03-2006, 07:00 PM   #21
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I'm excited, go USA!! Peckerslap the rest of the world!!
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Old 08-03-2006, 07:03 PM   #22
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Oh, ok. I think he got suspended by the Hawks for a couple games too, but I'm not sure. I think somebody mentioned it before but tonight's exhibition is on ESPN2 at 11:00 eastern time. Good point about seeing the games from Japan though. I'm sure if they are on here they'll be tape delayed, but I'll probably still watch them.
There's an exhibition on in an hour??
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There's an exhibition on in an hour??
Yep. USA vs Puerto Rico.
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Yep. USA vs Puerto Rico.
Is it a replay? I thought they just played yesterday?
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Is it a replay? I thought they just played yesterday?
I read that yesterday's was a "controlled scrimmage", whatever that means. Since tonight is "uncontrolled", all hell should break loose.
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