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USA Basketball announces 20 finalists for 2012 Olimpics, Danny Granger out.

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  • USA Basketball announces 20 finalists for 2012 Olimpics, Danny Granger out.

    Not surprising.

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    FavoritedFavorite · Close Open Details USA Basketball announces 20 finalists for 2012 Olympic team. Steph Curry and Danny Granger make way for Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge
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    Re: USA Basketball announces 20 finalists for 2012 Olimpics, Danny Granger out.

    http://www.usabasketball.com/mens/na...Finalists.html


    Named as a finalist for the 2012 USA team were: LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers); Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks); Chauncey Billups (Los Angeles Clippers); Chris Bosh (Miami Heat); Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers); Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies); Eric Gordon (New Orleans Hornets); Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers); Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic); Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers); LeBron James (Miami Heat); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Lamar Odom (Dallas Mavericks); Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat); Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder); and Deron Williams (New Jersey Nets). Griffin was also officially added to the USA Basketball National Team roster.


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    · Close Open Details Not a big surprise that Danny Granger was left out of the Team USA Olympic pool. Stephen Curry ... mild surprise.
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      Re: USA Basketball announces 20 finalists for 2012 Olimpics, Danny Granger out.

      Good...let him work out with Vogel and his Team and build Team Chemistry instead of hanging out with LeDecision.
      Last edited by CableKC; 01-16-2012, 01:30 PM.
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        Re: USA Basketball announces 20 finalists for 2012 Olimpics, Danny Granger out.

        Chris Paul
        Derrick Rose
        Dwyane Wade
        Kobe Bryant
        Lebron James
        Kevin Durant
        Carmelo Anthony
        Blake Griffin
        Chris Bosh
        Kevin Love
        Dwight Howard
        Tyson Chandler

        There ya go.

        Those are the 12 locks IMO and the only real players that matter.


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          Re: USA Basketball announces 20 finalists for 2012 Olimpics, Danny Granger out.

          A lot of stars and no role players, besides Bosh I guess. Oh well, they are all so talented they will destroy anyone they come up against.

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            Re: USA Basketball announces 20 finalists for 2012 Olimpics, Danny Granger out.

            Also, Durant will end up taking one of the starting spots. Need his shooting.


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              Re: USA Basketball announces 20 finalists for 2012 Olimpics, Danny Granger out.

              Originally posted by Thingfish View Post
              A lot of stars and no role players, besides Bosh I guess. Oh well, they are all so talented they will destroy anyone they come up against.
              Is Tyson Chandler a star?
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                Re: USA Basketball announces 20 finalists for 2012 Olimpics, Danny Granger out.

                Originally posted by McKeyFan View Post
                Is Tyson Chandler a star?
                Wow. It's a pretty weak crop of centers around the league when Tyson Chandler is considered a top 20 player. Honestly, I would prefer Roy Hibbert...and I don't believe I'm being a homer. Chandler is a good defensive player, but he's had the benefit of playing on near all-star teams. Yes, his presence was important on those teams, but top 20? IDK.

                Anyway, I would rank Pau or Marc Gasol higher as well just because they are an offensive threat.

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                  Re: USA Basketball announces 20 finalists for 2012 Olimpics, Danny Granger out.

                  Originally posted by BlueNGold View Post
                  Wow. It's a pretty weak crop of centers around the league when Tyson Chandler is considered a top 20 player. Honestly, I would prefer Roy Hibbert...and I don't believe I'm being a homer. Chandler is a good defensive player, but he's had the benefit of playing on near all-star teams. Yes, his presence was important on those teams, but top 20? IDK.

                  Anyway, I would rank Pau or Marc Gasol higher as well just because they are an offensive threat.
                  Oh yeah, there are better choices than Tyson for that team.

                  Pau and Marc are Spanish btw. They can't play for Team USA, or at least they shouldn't. They are probably playing for the Spanish team.

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                    Re: USA Basketball announces 20 finalists for 2012 Olimpics, Danny Granger out.

                    Originally posted by Thingfish View Post
                    Oh yeah, there are better choices than Tyson for that team.

                    Pau and Marc are Spanish btw. They can't play for Team USA, or at least they shouldn't. They are probably playing for the Spanish team.
                    Roy also plays for Jamaica.

                    Not sure if he still has USA eligibility or not.

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                      Re: USA Basketball announces 20 finalists for 2012 Olimpics, Danny Granger out.

                      Originally posted by Thingfish View Post
                      Oh yeah, there are better choices than Tyson for that team.

                      Pau and Marc are Spanish btw. They can't play for Team USA, or at least they shouldn't. They are probably playing for the Spanish team.
                      Oh yes. I should have thought of that.

                      It just seems that the league is pretty weak given that we used to have Shaq, Olajuwon, Mr. Robinson, Rik Smits, Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, Kevin Garnett, Ben Wallace, Dale Davis, Rasheed Wallace and Dikembe Mutombo many of them playing against each other for more than just a few years. All of those guys are dying off and we're left with what? Tyson Chandler as a top 20 player? Whoop-T-Doo.

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                        Re: USA Basketball announces 20 finalists for 2012 Olimpics, Danny Granger out.

                        Originally posted by BlueNGold View Post
                        Wow. It's a pretty weak crop of centers around the league when Tyson Chandler is considered a top 20 player. Honestly, I would prefer Roy Hibbert...and I don't believe I'm being a homer. Chandler is a good defensive player, but he's had the benefit of playing on near all-star teams. Yes, his presence was important on those teams, but top 20? IDK.

                        Anyway, I would rank Pau or Marc Gasol higher as well just because they are an offensive threat.
                        And what would you consider a team with:

                        Chris Paul
                        Derrick Rose
                        Dwyane Wade
                        Kobe Bryant
                        Lebron James
                        Kevin Durant
                        Carmelo Anthony
                        Blake Griffin
                        Chris Bosh
                        Kevin Love
                        Dwight Howard

                        You don't need your limited minute defensive reserve big to score a whole lot with that group.
                        "I had to take her down like Chris Brown."

                        -Lance Stephenson

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                          Re: USA Basketball announces 20 finalists for 2012 Olimpics, Danny Granger out.

                          Originally posted by Mackey_Rose View Post
                          Roy also plays for Jamaica.

                          Not sure if he still has USA eligibility or not.
                          Let's hope that Roy doesn't play for Jamaica.
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                            Re: USA Basketball announces 20 finalists for 2012 Olimpics, Danny Granger out.

                            Originally posted by BRushWithDeath View Post
                            And what would you consider a team with:

                            Chris Paul
                            Derrick Rose
                            Dwyane Wade
                            Kobe Bryant
                            Lebron James
                            Kevin Durant
                            Carmelo Anthony
                            Blake Griffin
                            Chris Bosh
                            Kevin Love
                            Dwight Howard

                            You don't need your limited minute defensive reserve big to score a whole lot with that group.
                            Blake Griffin sticks out on this list. He doesn't deserve an Olympic spot
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                              Re: USA Basketball announces 20 finalists for 2012 Olimpics, Danny Granger out.

                              Originally posted by Trader Joe View Post
                              Chris Paul
                              Derrick Rose
                              Dwyane Wade
                              Kobe Bryant
                              Lebron James
                              Kevin Durant
                              Carmelo Anthony
                              Blake Griffin
                              Chris Bosh
                              Kevin Love
                              Dwight Howard
                              Tyson Chandler

                              There ya go.

                              Those are the 12 locks IMO and the only real players that matter.
                              I don't think they'll take 3 of Griffin, Bosh, and Love when Lebron and Carmelo are both so effective at the 4 internationally when paired with Howard or Chandler.

                              I think Love is a lock. I would imagine Bosh would get the nod ahead of Griffin if they take two which I assume they will.

                              I think you'll see a guard in Griffin's spot, likely Deron Williams.
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