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Add Chris Paul and Carmelo to the London wishlist

Posted on: November 6, 2010 5:41 pm
Edited on: November 6, 2010 5:42 pm
Posted by Royce Young

The 2012 Olympic roster is filling out already. Well, not technically. Just players that will almost definitely be on the team are saying they want in. So far, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant have all said they are ready and willing.

Well, add two more: Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony.

Paul told The Times-Picayune that he's all in. "I'm in. I want to be," Paul said Friday night. "I want to play. If they'll have me, I want to play."

Anthony told The Denver Post, "I'm in," Anthony said. "Yeah, I'm locked in."

Of course, both players have to "make" the team, but that shouldn't be too much of an issue. Neither participated in the 2010 World Championships though. Paul didn't play because he was recovering from a couple different injuries. Anthony didn't play because he was getting married.

"At least most of us (from the 2008 team want to play)," Paul also added. "Those guys did an outstanding job this year, so it's going to be tough with the committee deciding who's going to be on and off the team. But I want to be on. No question. I need me another gold medal."

They aren't complete locks though because Coach K and Jerry Colangelo seemed extremely pleased with the roster that participated in Turkey. So with some of those guys maturing a bit more over the next two years, there actually may be some competition.

But think about it: Durant, LeBron, Kobe, Howard, Paul, Carmelo are almost certainly going to be on the team. And then there's Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Eric Gordon, Stephen Curry and the list of guys that were terrific in Turkey. And then, there are other players like Deron Williams, Tim Duncan, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade who haven't committed either way yet.

The 2012 roster will definitely be stacked. It's just a matter of who it's stacked with.

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: November 7, 2010 10:47 pm

Add Chris Paul and Carmelo to the London wishlist

Tim Duncan? Really? Well, He's got two words for you: "FIBA sucks"

Since: Apr 9, 2010
Posted on: November 7, 2010 2:48 pm

Add Chris Paul and Carmelo to the London wishlist

Do you think every other country had their best players playing? No. No country did. There was no Pau Gasol, Dirk Nowitzki, Yao Ming, etc. When we played that Spain team with our best players in 2008, we barely won. Now you want to possibly concede a gold medal for some sort of principle?

We need our best players because every other country will have theirs. I have no problem with player sitting out the Worlds because lets be honest, whats more impressive? A Worlds gold medal or an Olympic gold medal? Had we not won the Worlds would the USA really be all that upset? Probably not. I know I would not have been. Now the Olympics is a different matter. There is a reason for the Redeem team and that's because we were tired of not having our best players playing and not winning the Olympics.

If we don't have our best players and we lose then what? Are you going to be happy because we upheld some sort of imaginary principle?

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2010 11:06 am

Add Chris Paul and Carmelo to the London wishlist

What a joke!! All of these guys came up with all kinds of excuses not to play in the World Championships because it was beneath them.  Well those that did represent did win the Championship and proved that the USA can win without them.  They only want in because of all of the endorsement dollars that they can make as being an Olympian.  SCR#W THEM!!!

Since: Aug 17, 2010
Posted on: November 7, 2010 1:08 am

Add Chris Paul and Carmelo to the London wishlist

you didnt hear?    Isiah said when he returns to team prez with the knicks to guarantee melo signs with them, he's going to move the basketball portion of olympics to MSG

Since: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: November 6, 2010 7:59 pm

Add Chris Paul and Carmelo to the London wishlist

Melo will not go unless Olympics are played in Ny

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