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    PHOENIX -- Tim Duncan has officially notified USA Basketball that he will not be a part of the U.S. team that will compete at this year's world championships and the 2008 Olympics.


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    Jerry Colangelo, managing director of USA Basketball, said Saturday that Duncan's agent, Lon Babby, had called with the news earlier this week. Because of the call, Colangelo did not meet with Duncan when the San Antonio Spurs were in Arizona this weekend.

    After the Spurs' 91-86 loss to the Suns on Saturday night, Duncan confirmed his feelings on playing for the U.S. team.

    "I have no interest in that," he said.

    Colangelo, chosen to form a team to bring the U.S. back to world prominence in the sport, is requiring players to make a three-year commitment. The commitment includes a training camp in July, probably to be held in Las Vegas, as well as exhibition games in China and South Korea leading to the worlds in Japan in August.

    There will be another training camp next year, followed by another and more exhibition games prior to the 2008 Games in Beijing.

    Colangelo said has met with 15 to 18 players, and Duncan was the first to say he would not take part. Some, including Shaquille O'Neal, have said they were still considering it, while others, including Allen Iverson, have said they were willing to make the commitment.

    Duncan was part of the U.S. team that won the bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics. He was selected for the U.S. team at the 2000 Olympics but had to withdraw with a knee injury.

    Duncan played for the U.S. teams at the FIBA Americas qualifying tournaments in 1999 and 2003.

    Colangelo, who has said the team will include role players and not be simply a collection of superstars, plans to announce the first batch of camp invitees by the NBA's All-Star break in mid-February.

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    Well, that sucks. Amare Stoudemire and/or Jermaine Oneal would be my next targets as center for team USA.

    Of course, it remains to be seen if Amare would be healthy for the world championships.

    Dwight Howard would be a dark-horse.

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    Hopefully JO does the same. No sense in getting banged up for non-Pacer basketball.

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    Is Garnett going this year?

    Nash should go too. It'd be cool if JO went.
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    Nash should go too.
    Canada NT hasn't qualified for the 2006 World Championship.

    USA, Panama, Argentina, Brazil and Puerto Rico (Wild Card) will represent Americas.

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    Oops. Forgot about Nash not being American.
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    Well, that sucks. Amare Stoudemire and/or Jermaine Oneal would be my next targets as center for team USA.
    Jermaine wouldn't be a center, he would be a PF.

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    If he's gonna play Non Pacer related ball lets make sure we can lessen the chance of him gettin banged up.

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    If he's gonna play Non Pacer related ball lets make sure we can lessen the chance of him gettin banged up.

    Lessen the chance of a Pacer getting hurt?



    Like that's possible...

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    Jermaine wouldn't be a center, he would be a PF.
    In the NBA, he's a power forward.

    In international play, he can easily play center.

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    Well, that sucks. Amare Stoudemire and/or Jermaine Oneal would be my next targets as center for team USA.

    Of course, it remains to be seen if Amare would be healthy for the world championships.

    Dwight Howard would be a dark-horse.
    It's not a surprise, though. Duncan said after the Olympics he never wanted to do that again.

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    Yeah, Duncan wants no part of FIBA corruption.

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    Its also not surprising that Iverson i willing to go. People really do that guy wrong.

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    Yeah, Duncan wants no part of FIBA corruption.
    There are very few organizations in sports that I have more disdain for than FIBA.

    It wasn't about being the team everyone loved, it was about beating the teams everyone else loved.

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    Ok, shoot me for saying this, but I'm glad that Duncan declined.It's just another example of how Tim Duncan is all go and no show, not flashy, but the most effective player in the league.In '04, the olympics were just a poor show of Americans bringing their great stars together to play 'all-star' ball. The '92 and '96(to a lesser degree), were magic, they had stars but just those classic stars. I can't explain it, it was just hardnose basketball.

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    Whoever isn't going is Ignorant.

    We're talking about giving the Gold medal back to the USA. but I guess there is other Important things to do.... YAWN.

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    Ok, shoot me for saying this, but I'm glad that Duncan declined.It's just another example of how Tim Duncan is all go and no show, not flashy, but the most effective player in the league.In '04, the olympics were just a poor show of Americans bringing their great stars together to play 'all-star' ball. The '92 and '96(to a lesser degree), were magic, they had stars but just those classic stars. I can't explain it, it was just hardnose basketball.

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    I somewhat agree. The team definitely needs a big man with the F-U-we're-going-to-win-this-game attitude that Bryant and Iverson bring to the backcourt.

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    let him skip out and bring in someone who can actually hit free throws...

    international teams would be doing a hack-a-Duncan routine all day...
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    let him skip out and bring in someone who can actually hit free throws...

    international teams would be doing a hack-a-Duncan routine all day...


    it's kind of funny you mentioned this, I considered putting it my post. I don't think that Duncan is a bad Free throw shooter, he is VERY Hot and Cold, either he hits 'em or he doesn't. I was wondering if this equivalent rings true, it's just something I've considered,

    Duncan at the FT=Sjax beyond the arc

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    Whoever isn't going is Ignorant.

    We're talking about giving the Gold medal back to the USA. but I guess there is other Important things to do.... YAWN.
    It's a lose-lose proposition, IMO, for the players. If they win, Coach K will get all the credit. If they lose, the players will get all the blame.

    And who knows if Americans will root for the team. I'm surprised more players aren't taking this stance.

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    Americans will root for them if they win. They always do.

    It wasn't about being the team everyone loved, it was about beating the teams everyone else loved.

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