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Slick Pinkham
08-30-2004, 01:45 PM
I have a few suggestions, some fairly obvious but some not so.

I like option B, but Davis $tern and the player$ a$$ociation may have problem$ with $hortening the $ea$on even a little bit

Slick Pinkham
08-30-2004, 02:01 PM
sorry I'm not so good at posting polls, but let me know what you think.

I believe that more practice time is essential, and the USA team needs to get creative in how to address the problem.

Hmmm... Hicks, can you edit out the choices "between" the choices?

Arcadian
08-30-2004, 02:05 PM
I don't think we should use NBA players. We get beat by teams who have only a couple NBA players so why do we think we have to have a roster full of NBA players to beat them?

Have players sign a two year deal to play exclusively for a national team and have that team play using international rules.

Roy Munson
08-30-2004, 02:15 PM
You left off my first choice and that would be:

"Never pick Larry Brown to ever coach the Olympic team".

Mourning
08-30-2004, 02:44 PM
Option A. Pick what you need, not what you think are the most spectacular or most popular players.

Regards,

Mourning:cool:

DisplacedKnick
08-30-2004, 03:00 PM
I picked a but at the very least a college coach - a GOOD college coach - needs to be on the staff, esp if we're gonna send a team full of "players who would be in college if they had gone/stayed 4 years."

Hicks
08-30-2004, 03:43 PM
If there's a way I can edit the poll to fix it, I don't see it...

ChicagoJ
08-30-2004, 04:19 PM
You left off my first choice and that would be:

"Never pick Larry Brown to ever coach the Olympic team".

Or John Thompson. That team in 1988 was even more embarrassing than this one; in part because the flaws of this team were well known, in advance of the Olympics.

Roy Munson
08-30-2004, 04:45 PM
You left off my first choice and that would be:

"Never pick Larry Brown to ever coach the Olympic team".

Or John Thompson. That team in 1988 was even more embarrassing than this one; in part because the flaws of this team were well known, in advance of the Olympics.

Good point. I have nauseating memories of those Olympics, also.

Alabama-Redneck
08-30-2004, 05:26 PM
A slight modification to option A.

Pick 2 players at each position that play that position, not players that play that position only during the olympics.

Make sure you diversify the type of players at each position. a mix of a shooter and a slasher at the 2 guard, a passer and a scorer at the point guard and etc.

Also add 1 defensive guard and 1 defensive forward. Give the coach something to work with. :cool:

Roaming Gnome
08-30-2004, 06:34 PM
Different idea....
Open Try-out!
NBA players, College players, Other pro-players.

This way it leaves the door open for a guy like Ron Artest, Micheal Redd, Fred Hoiberg and so on to just walk in. Also, it takes the, "They selected me, and I don't want to go" out of it. I feel when some of these guys were selected, they knew right away that they didn't want to go, but would look like A-holes if they turned it down after what happened in 2002. Anyway, if a guy volunteers and goes to the tryout, he is less likely to back out!

After the try-out, you can fill in your skills out of the guys who came to the try-out.

skyfire
08-30-2004, 11:17 PM
I think instead of just selecting 12 players, they should invite 30 or so along to an Olympic selection camp. From there the coach/selectors could narrow that down to a team that works together.

Players that play on teams with decent team defense principals would also be a good start. Larry Brown really didn't manage to teach many of those guys to play team defense, all their best defensive stretches were with lots of ball pressure.

The types of players needed by the current team (suggestion):

Pass first PG (hmm...not sure Tins maybe?)
Lights out SG (Micheal Redd)
Defensive SF (Ron Artest)
A backup PF/C with a mid range game (Brad Miller)