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Larry, Michael, Bird, to pick olympic team. - Page 2
I'm only going to disagree with two names out of everyone's list, because the olympics are more than just sports, and that's Rasheed Wallace and Ron Artest. When it comes to the NBA, they're really not viewed as representing a city, and I have a lot more wiggle room with certain guys. But when it comes to the olympics, there is no way in hell I want players that can explode at any give time. There's too much to risk in the eyes of the world to have two knuckleheads representing my country. My team yes, but not USA.....
Considering that the stars usually turn down the offer to play, I think they should go with a majority blue collar team with no more than 4 All-Stars and 8 starter/solid role players.
Here's my team:
Allen Iverson would be perfect on a team like this (just look how well he plays on the All-Star teams). He's the one All-Star that I would beg to play because he is totally indefensible on a team where he can't be doubled. If I thought he'd accept, Vince Carter would be an excellent player to pursue for the international style of ball.
The bench should be comprised of totally unselfish players that can all hit an outside shot and move the ball around. Plus, I think these guys would accept an invitation. If any of those players decline, I would go for guys like Tayshaun Prince, Fred Hoiberg, Emeka Okafor, Marcus Camby, or Kenyon Martin.
Larry is not coming back, he didn't have a meeting with Orlando for not reason, yeah he is coming back to the NBA but not to the Pacers, the notion that he is a taking a year off and then come back is absurd.
I want good attitudes on the USA team. I feel the same way as Since 86, which is an absolute rarity. So I present my team. This squad IMO would have the right mix of talent and teamplay attitude to win. No prima donnas on my team, only those interested in representing the nation.
Grant Hill (if healthy)
i am really not too thrilled with this whole selction process. i believe we should have tryouts. i am sick of trying to throw a bunch of big names (or the biggest names who accept invites) at the situation and expect to win.
this process has (in my oppinion) been proven to be a failure. i want guys who really want to be there and are willing to accept their roles - not some crybabies or guys who want to be paid extra for this. with tryouts you get a better picture of how guys will play together rather than just giving slots to some big names and figure it will just work out somehow. it would weed out guys like melo and others because if they are whinning about p.t. and stuff in tryouts, they would just be sent packing and those who refuse to do what is wanted/needed won't make it.
i think this post is totally on target. the whole selection thing is flawed; holding tryouts is probably the best option.
just think about it, so what if michael, larry, et al do the selecting, it's not as if they're the ones playing. most likely they'll base their selections on the season's performance just like anyone else. even if they do manage to pick the best possible team, there's no guarantee the players would go.
tryouts will at least filter out those guys who actually *want* to play. imo, that's the first step to building a good team.
See, I think Rip Hamilton is exactly the guy you need on this team. He is almost automatic on certain parts of the floor and would be great to bust up a zone.
SG- Rip Hamilton
PG- Jason Kidd
C- Shaq (If he would play)
PF- Tim Duncan
SF- Lebron? I'm not sure if he can play SF or not.
SG- Allen Iverson
PG- Mike Bibby
C- Ben Wallace
PF- Kevin Garnett
SF- Tayshaun Prince
The thing is, if Shaq would play things could be so different. He still has a bit of that aura about him in International play. I've tried to include some guys that I think will play offense and defense as well. You certainly need good team mates.
Everytime I think of picking an olympic team I think of the movie "Miracle." The coach says "I'm not looking for the best players. I'm looking for the right ones."
I've always wondered what it would be like to take the reigning NBA champ team to play in the Olympics. It isn't practical for several reasons, including the fact that many starters are foreigners, but it would be an actual "team" instead of AllStar team.