I wanted to start this on a new thread away from the Puerto Rico Vs. Team USA thread because I didn't want this to be lost in the shuffle of what I feel is misguided *****ing at the players and coaches.
We need to start putting teams together that have multiple skill sets, not just NBA names that will draw interest to the casual fan. In int'l competition, we are not out there to entertain, we are out there to win for the USA! I am so damn tired of hearing this, "our players don't give a ****" crap. They have pride and a reputation for the game...it is OUR GAME .
Our players were dealt a bad hand before they even got on their first airplane! If I am going to blame anyone...I BLAME USA BASKETBALL for living in the past and not taking heed to what happened in 2002!
Was a center ever asked to be on this team? Tim Duncan is not a center, but Brad Miller, Theo Ratliff, and Etan Thomas are...and I'm almost sure if these guys were asked to represent the USA, they probably would do whatever was asked being lower tier players. Who is the selected perimeter shooters on this team? I know Ray Allen was originally selected, but when he pulled out, why wasn't Micheal Redd's phone not ringing off the hook, or some other noted outside shooter? Why guys that are marginal from the outside? Why cutters and slashers that can't perform against a zone? This was not a team built for team play...so why does everyone get bent out of shape at the players when this team plays like it was designed to!!! One on One as individuals! Maybe we shouldn't lay all the blame for 2002 on George Karl's doorstep!!!
As for the officials...Did we watch the same game? We were getting bumped, hit, and slapped every time we went inside against Puerto Rico. I can understand this if the calls go both ways, but they clearly never seem to in Int'l competition! I don't buy it!!!!