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    Dragic is my favorite foreign player now.

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    Dragic is my favorite foreign player now.
    I didn't know Goran had a younger brother named Zoran.
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    I didn't know Goran had a younger brother named Zoran.
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    Zoran is a pretty good player as well. He was very good in the 2013 Eurobasket. He had an amazing game against Serbia in the classification round (from 5th to 8th) and several other good games throughout the tournament.
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    Simmons and Lowe were talking about the crunch-time lineup for Team USA now that Love/Griffin are gone. Seems like PG would have to be the SF with a frontcourt of Durant and Davis, and Curry being a lock at guard. While Harden has the experience, I would say that Lillard has a pretty good chance of making his mark if he shoots well. Though any of Korver/Parsons/Klay could get in there as well. Should be interesting in about a month. Good luck, PG!

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    Simmons and Lowe were talking about the crunch-time lineup for Team USA now that Love/Griffin are gone. Seems like PG would have to be the SF with a frontcourt of Durant and Davis, and Curry being a lock at guard. While Harden has the experience, I would say that Lillard has a pretty good chance of making his mark if he shoots well. Though any of Korver/Parsons/Klay could get in there as well. Should be interesting in about a month. Good luck, PG!
    Does anyone else think that James Harden is just a really bad fit for this team? I mean his game consists of playing absolutely no defense and lowering his shoulder, getting the call, and earning his bread at the free throw line.

    When he isn't getting every single call he struggles, much like the Portland series.

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    Simmons and Lowe were talking about the crunch-time lineup for Team USA now that Love/Griffin are gone. Seems like PG would have to be the SF with a frontcourt of Durant and Davis, and Curry being a lock at guard. While Harden has the experience, I would say that Lillard has a pretty good chance of making his mark if he shoots well. Though any of Korver/Parsons/Klay could get in there as well. Should be interesting in about a month. Good luck, PG!
    I think Thompson will be playing before Lillard, he's a better and bigger defender while you already have enough playmakers out there.
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    I'm excited to see Antetokounmpo suit up for Greece, but it would have been special to see him play with Spanoulis, like a 'passing of the torch' to the next generation. We often talk about young players like PG gaining valuable experience from picking the brains of vets like Kobe and LeBron. Giannis could have learned much from Spanoulis about approaching the game with a killer instict.

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    I'm excited to see Antetokounmpo suiting up for my NT but I'm also very excited to see Finland's debut appearance on a World Cup.
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    I'm excited to see Antetokounmpo suiting up for my NT but I'm also very excited to see Finland's debut appearance on a World Cup.
    Why they chose to call this a World Cup I'll never know. I love basketball 100x more than soccer, but care 1/100th as much about this event.

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    Why they chose to call this a World Cup I'll never know. I love basketball 100x more than soccer, but care 1/100th as much about this event.
    Well what else would you call it?
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    Well what else would you call it?
    FIBA World Championships.

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    FIBA World Championships.
    There's a World Cup of Rugby, too. Calling your tournament a "Cup" isn't exclusive to soccer by any means.

    Not that I love the name change, but it isn't like "World Basketball Championships" was fresh and original.

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

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    There's a World Cup of Rugby, too. Calling your tournament a "Cup" isn't exclusive to soccer by any means.

    Not that I love the name change, but it isn't like "World Basketball Championships" was fresh and original.
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    Does anyone else think that James Harden is just a really bad fit for this team? I mean his game consists of playing absolutely no defense and lowering his shoulder, getting the call, and earning his bread at the free throw line.

    When he isn't getting every single call he struggles, much like the Portland series.
    I don't rate Harden at all. His offense isn't good enough to make up for his defense.
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    Does anyone else think that James Harden is just a really bad fit for this team? I mean his game consists of playing absolutely no defense and lowering his shoulder, getting the call, and earning his bread at the free throw line.
    You don't watch much international ball, huh...

    That's pretty much what every European guard does. You think harden gets calls in the nba? Wait another month.

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    hey Iran has a "favorable group" for once! yay me

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    You don't watch much international ball, huh...

    That's pretty much what every European guard does. You think harden gets calls in the nba? Wait another month.
    Not quite. Based on your analysis I am not sure how much international ball you watch.

    Most European teams actually move the ball. I get some draw contact and get to the line, but having a guard dominate the ball like Harden is not a staple of most teams.

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    Not quite. Based on your analysis I am not sure how much international ball you watch.

    Most European teams actually move the ball. I get some draw contact and get to the line, but having a guard dominate the ball like Harden is not a staple of most teams.
    You never said dominate the ball, you said drive to the basket, try to draw contact and rely on foul calls. That's basically what euro guards all do. FIBA officiating is accustomed to calling pretty much everything when it comes to guards crashing their way to the rim.
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    This year’s edition of the National Team has Durant playing next to Paul George, one of the best two-way players in the league and an MVP candidate through the first half of last season. With those two teamed with Anthony Davis, the U.S. starting frontline is pretty much set in stone.

    All you have to do is look at how the 20-man roster has been broken up in training camp this week. Once Kevin Love decided to back out of participating this summer, it became obvious who would start at the three, four and five positions. So, the staff set out on allowing the trio to start building chemistry from the start of camp. Each of the first three days, Davis, Durant and George have been on the same team.

    “We’re going to play a lot together,” Durant said Wednesday. “The chemistry is going to come. But if we stick with it, continue to keep learning and playing off each other, we can be great.”
    George knows that, playing next to Durant and the guards on this roster, his focus has to be on one end of the floor in particular.

    “I [have] got to be a defender,” he said. “We got guys that can make shots, run the floor and make plays. I got to be a defender for us. We got a bunch of defenders here, but I can be the versatile one that can guard 1-4 and be able to make plays when I need to.”
    Davis, Durant and George is a freakishly long and athletic frontline. And though they each averaged more than 20 points per game last season, George likes the potential of the trio defensively more than anything.

    “What’s great is we can switch everything and not give up much,” he said. “I’m excited with that lineup. We can really cover the floor with our athleticism, our length, our speed.”

    The U.S. only has 12 days of practice, one intra-squad scrimmage and four exhibition games before it begins World Cup pool play in Bilbao. So chemistry building from Day 1 is important. But so far, it has come at the expense of versatility building. With Davis, Durant and George always teaming together, they haven’t had the chance to team with other frontcourt pieces.

    “The thing we haven’t been able to do,” Krzyzewski said, “is take a look at Paul at the four.”

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    I'm excited to see Antetokounmpo suiting up for my NT but I'm also very excited to see Finland's debut appearance on a World Cup.
    Hey, Finland had an Exhibition game against the german national Team last Sunday in my hometown. Germany, when playing Schroeder, Benzing and Harris pretty much controlled Finland. Finland relies on Petteri Koponen as their most dominant Player with exceptional courtvision and threepointshooting.I was really impressed with him, but Schroeder, despite being no scorer at all always seemed to find the hot Hand...namely Robin Benzing who shot like 5 of 6 from three in 10 minutes. This year I try to follow more games as 4 Pacers are playing on 4 different Teams and I will definitley check how Finland is doing.

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