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Since86
08-02-2006, 01:27 PM
http://insider.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=2536861&name=sheridan_chris&lpos=spotlight&lid=tab2pos1&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fesp n%2fblog%2findex%3fentryID%3d2536861%26name%3dsher idan_chris%26lpos%3dspotlight%26lid%3dtab2pos1

svp et merci

Slick Pinkham
08-02-2006, 01:28 PM
Team USA's foul free throws posted: Wednesday, August 2, 2006 | Print Entry
filed under: NBA, Olympics

LAS VEGAS -- Greetings once again from Las Vegas, where we got our first long look at Team USA on Tuesday night in a scrimmage against Puerto Rico.

In a nutshell, we'll say this: These guys are really getting after it defensively, using pressure to disrupt the movement of the ball upcourt and taking advantage of the opportunities this creates. They forced Puerto Rico into 30 turnovers, several of which turned into emphatic dunks, and they had only occasional bouts of the type of sloppiness that Larry Brown railed against two years ago.


But enough of the good. Nobody wants to read chapter and verse about how good these guys are. They're supposed to be good.


Let's focus on the bad, since that's what their opponents will be focusing on in an effort to find the chinks in this team's armor.


Problem No. 1, and coach Mike Krzyzewski backs me up on this, is free-throw shooting. LeBron James was the first U.S. player to go to the foul line, and he missed his first two attempts (and his third, too). As a team, the Americans shot just 21-for-38 from the line, with Elton Brand going 1-for-4, James 2-for-6 and Dwight Howard 3-for-5. Brad Miller was 1-for-2, Amare Stoudemire was 0-for-1, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade were 1-for-2, Joe Johnson was 3-for-5 and Chris Paul was 2-for-3. Only Kirk Hinrich (4-for-4), Antawn Jamison (2-for-2) and Carmelo Anthony (1-for-1) were perfect.


"I think some of that means we've got to be accustomed to playing at that speed, and then you stop. That's a big thing when you play pressure defense. It affects you offensively when you stop," Krzyzewski said. "Whether it's an out of bounds or a free throw, you've got to get accustomed to that and getting back to that level of focus."


Anthony was the unquestioned offensive star of the game, continuing his strong camp showing by shooting 10-for-13 overall and 2-for-4 from 3-point range. James scored 20 points, and Johnson with 10 was the only other Team USA scorer in double figures. All 15 players scored, with Brand bringing up the rear with one point. The best 3-point shooter, surprisingly, was center Miller, who went 2-for-2. As a team, the Americans were 11-for-31 from behind the arc -- not exactly the kind of shooting performance that will inspire dread among the teams overseas who are already plotting their 40-minutes-of-zone strategies.


"We'll shoot better," Coach K said. "That's also about getting adjusted to playing with that type of intensity. We're not resting on defense, so you're a little tired when you get to the offensive end."


Team USA plays its first official exhibition game Thursday night, also against Puerto Rico. Tipoff is 11 p.m. ET.

Robertmto
08-02-2006, 01:33 PM
Way to go Jamison!!!

Hopefully this is just a sign of things to come. Didn't PR kill us last year?? Also I knew Miller would work out well in international play.

Since86
08-02-2006, 01:42 PM
Wow, another completely boring article by Sheridan.

I honestly can't believe that ESPN makes people pay for that kind of writing. A fifth grader could come up with a better article.

Outside of numbers, there's nothing even about the actual game

Shesh. Sorry Tom, for even thinking it was worth the time to actually post.

I'll post another link for Friday's article, when I see it. :blush:

rexnom
08-02-2006, 01:45 PM
Wow...it seems I was totally off on my assessment of Melo. He could easily start. I wonder if he plays the 3 or the 4.

btowncolt
08-02-2006, 01:46 PM
Wow, another completely boring article by Sheridan.

I honestly can't believe that ESPN makes people pay for that kind of writing. A fifth grader could come up with a better article.

Outside of numbers, there's nothing even about the actual game

Shesh. Sorry Tom, for even thinking it was worth the time to actually post.

I'll post another link for Friday's article, when I see it. :blush:

Dunno. Here's what a 5th grader's attempt would look like:













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Since86
08-02-2006, 01:54 PM
:laugh: :laugh: Wow, that took quite a bit of work, but I enjoyed it.......



Kobe's knee trouble leads to a 'we' problem

By Chris Sheridan
ESPN Insider

LAS VEGAS -- Kobe Bryant's choice of pronouns was somewhat revealing Tuesday as he made his first appearance with Team USA.
He didn't sound like a member of the team, even though he technically still is one.

Bryant watched from the fifth row of the stands as the American team played its first scrimmage against another national team, looking especially sharp defensively in defeating Puerto Rico 116-82 behind 23 points from Carmelo Anthony and 20 from LeBron James.

For most of the game, Bryant was seated with team director Jerry Colangelo and agent Rob Pelinka, and he did not interact with the players on the bench during the game, in the locker room prior to tipoff, or on the court following the final buzzer.

"The waves with which they play [are] something that's amazing and fun to watch. They come at you in waves, and it's non-stop, the pressure they put on full court," Bryant said. "The quick hands, the quick feet that they have, one through five out there on the court, everyone is extremely athletic and physically gifted. They're all playing well together, doing well defensively. I think defensively is really their area of emphasis."

For those keeping score, that answer included six references to "they" and its variants, zero references to "we."

Bryant's comments were his first public statements of the summer, coming nearly three weeks after he underwent what was termed as "minor" knee surgery to clean out scar tissue and "impingements," as Bryant described it.

The news of Bryant's surgery came as a shock to Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski when they learned of it just three days before camp was to open, and some had questioned why Bryant waited until mid-summer to address the problem.

"It's been there all season, but it was something we didn't think was anything that was going to linger," Bryant said. "I had knee problems in the past and just played through it, and once I played through it, it felt great. This summer I started my training regimen, and the knee just wasn't getting any better. We had to take a look at it and found out we had to do a little tweak."

A tweak? Not many people call surgery a tweak.

"It wasn't like I had to repair a damaged ACL or anything like that. But you've been in this league for some time, you've got some issues going on with your knee that need to be addressed," Bryant said. "So I had to go and take care of that.

"We didn't really know it to be something that required surgery until we were into the summer. It was one of those things that just continued to linger, and we jumped on it as early as we could."

Bryant, Paul Pierce (impending elbow surgery) and Lamar Odom (death of his infant son) were the only three members of the 24-man national roster who did not make it to training camp, and Bryant was the first of that trio to make an appearance.

When news of Bryant's surgery was first released, the announcement said Bryant still planned to travel with the team to China, Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan. But those plans have changed.

"Mr. Colangelo and Coach K both thought it would be best for me to stay back and take care of my situation since it's a three-year commitment, making sure I get completely healthy to go next summer and hopefully in the '08 Olympics," Bryant said.

Colangelo was quick to point out that Bryant is likely to join the team at some point when it gets to Japan for the World Championship, but only because he'll be doing promotional appearances there for Nike.

The first day we'll finally see Bryant in a USA jersey (he had to withdraw from the team in 2003 and 2004) -- and the first time he'll call the team "we" instead of "they" -- will remain undetermined for at least another year.

I highlited the bolded section for a reason, and here's the reason. On the front page of the NBA section there's this photo:394

Sheridan is retarded. The whole article is bashing Kobe for saying "they," instead of "we," and making him seem like he doesn't want to be apart of the team. So he talks about how he's not around the players, but yet that photo clearly shows him talking to 'Melo ON THE FLOOR, which he says he didn't do in his article. Whoever decided to post that pic, hung him out to dry.

The little respect I had for him, just went to nothing.

rexnom
08-02-2006, 01:59 PM
Since86, I completely agree with you. Kobe is an easy target...even when there is nothing to report.

Are we forgetting that Kobe was the number one guy targeted by Team USA? The first guy to come out and say he wants to play. Please, back off Kobe. It's childish and old.

LoneGranger33
08-02-2006, 05:59 PM
Why did you assume a 5th grader would use so many numbers? I'm not saying I was a Nobel-winning author as a 12-13 year old, but I also wasn't a friggin retard...is education different in the Midwest?

PS: There's no way anyone can mistake "CANTAR" for center.
The Kobe/Melo picture is photoshopped...Kobe isn't wearing his SO wristband.


(I'm not being completely serious)

JayRedd
08-02-2006, 09:47 PM
Why did you assume a 5th grader would use so many numbers? I'm not saying I was a Nobel-winning author as a 12-13 year old, but I also wasn't a friggin retard...is education different in the Midwest?

PS: There's no way anyone can mistake "CANTAR" for center.
The Kobe/Melo picture is photoshopped...Kobe isn't wearing his SO wristband.


(I'm not being completely serious)

Agreed....You're only strengthing our East Coast superiorty complexes.

Pretty funny stuff though