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Tag:2012 London Olympics
Posted on: February 22, 2012 12:18 pm

Team USA's uniforms revealed

Posted by Royce Young

Nike unveiled Team USA's newest uniform design this week, which includes a revamped "USA" design. And it's, uh, different. Is it just me or does that "S" look like the kind we all used to draw in middle school?

And it wouldn't be a Nike uniform release without them telling us how wonderful they are. Nike says, “Our lightest bball jersey. Approx 96% recycled polyester. The @usabasketball Nike Hyper Elite Uniform: #innovate.”

It doesn't matter how good you look or how much polyester is in there if you don't beat Spain. Because that's the mission in London, not looking good and recycling.

Here's the thing: Maybe those uniforms don't look all that great, but I think that's just because they're missing a key accessory. Put a gold medal around the neck and I think you've got a really slick look.
Posted on: January 16, 2012 12:45 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 5:58 am

Team USA announces 20 roster finalists

Posted by Royce Young

It might not be the Dream Team as LeBron thinks it is, but the 2012 United States Olympic squad is going to be one very stacked roster.

It was announced Monday the 20 finalists for Team USA's London roster with most of the names having either a gold medal from the 2008 Olympics or 2010 World Championships. The only two without any national team experience are LaMarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin.

Initially, there were going to be just 18 finalists, but the roster was expanded to 20 to make room for the surplus of talent coach Mike Krzyzewski and chairman Jerry Colangelo will pick from. The final roster will have 12 players.

The finalists are Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, Chris Bosh, Chauncey Billups, Rudy Gay, Tyson Chandler, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Love, Lamar Odom, Eric Gordon, Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams.

Much like the 2010 World Championship team, the roster is a tad light on big men as Andrew Bynum wasn't included because he didn't want to participate. You'd have to think Coach K would take both Chandler and Howard.

Kobe, LeBron, Melo, Durant, Rose, Paul and Wade are also locks. So that leaves three open spots. How do you possibly narrow that group of Deron Williams, Westbrook, Griffin, Gay, Love, Aldridge and Bosh down to three? I think you can toss out Odom and Billups and probably Gordon, just because the roster is stacked with 2-guards. Iguodala's defense would be wonderful to have and as he showed in Turkey, he's a terrific role player when surrounded with talent. But LeBron can handle everything Iggy would do, and more.

Most rosters have three point guards, so either Westbrook or Williams will likely make the team. So assuming one of those make it, that leaves two spots, most likely both for power forwards. So it's a matter of choosing between Aldridge, Love, Griffin and Bosh. Good luck with that.

Posted on: November 4, 2010 11:32 am

Dwight Howard commits to 2012 Olympics, kind of

Magic center plans to "probably play" in 2012 Olympics. Posted by Matt Moore

That Team USA won Gold this summer wasn't just your run of the mill lifetime moment of triumph. It was done despite the absence of nearly the entire list of elite talent in the NBA. Most superstars took off from FIBA after giving themselves to Beijing so they could, you know, be NBA superstars over the summer. But there's been solid talk from most of the players about being prepared for London in 2012 and joining the ranks of Team USA once more.

You can count Dwight Howard among them.

The Orlando Sentinel asked Howard about 2012 and his plans for the Olympics:

"I'll probably play. Of course," Howard said. "It's another chance to represent our country."

Okay, not exactly the lock the Sentinel makes it out to be. But with no real reason for him not to join his countrymen in Great Britain, Howard should probably be penned in, not penciled. Howard's a huge difference maker, even with the awkward fit for him in international style. Team USA was desperately short on centers this summer, and with Howard so physically dominant, he can lead to mutltiple possessions. And that greatly improves the chances of Team USA going for Gold again.

Of course, he'll have to get along with the Heat, more than likely... awkward!
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