Tag:Team USA
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:00 am
Edited on: February 24, 2012 1:55 pm

Colangelo: Lin to be considered for USA Select

Team USA head Jerry Colangelo says they will consider Lin for USA Select. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ben Golliver  

ORLANDO -- Could Jeremy Lin's overnight success story wind up landing him a future spot with Team USA?

It's possible, according to USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo, who told reporters at an All-Star Weekend press conference that the New York Knicks guard will be given consideration for USA Basketball's Select Team, a player pool used to cultivate potential Team USA members. 

"We'll look at him as well as anyone else who is doing the job," Colangelo said. "If we think they are worthy of being invited we'll bring them in to Las Vegas to do just that."

Colangelo said that "a list of names" was being formed and that Lin was "off to this great start" for the Knicks.

"Everyone has to pay their dues," Colangelo said. "We told players if you join us I promise you we are going to be successful but you have to do it our way. Those who participate earn equity in our program… There's a lot of players who want to play, who are paying their dues with the select team, who have participated with us over the last six years. No exceptions."

Team USA is stacked with point guard talent, with Chris Paul, Derrick Rose and Deron Williams expected to represent USA at the 2012 London Olympics. Asked if Lin's skillset was a fit with what Team USA looks for from its floor generals, Colangelo withheld judgment, but said that Lin is in an ideal spot with the Knicks, playing for Team USA assistant coach Mike D'Antoni.

"It's too early," he said. "I wouldn't even make a judgment like that. I would say, I believe that he's in the right situation to do well in New York. The way Mike D'Antoni plays offense. It's the extended dribble. In a different kind of configuration like the triangle I think it would be more challenging for him, not that he couldn't do it. I just think we just have to appreciate what he's done so far. Period. Commend him for what he's done. It's a great story." 

Lin, a 23-year-old Taiwanese-American from California, went undrafted out of Harvard. His rise to NBA prominence seems to embody the spirit of dues paying that Team USA has tried to cultivate in recent years.

"I think it's wonderful," Colangelo said. "I love that. The whole story is great. First of all, think about the impact he is having and would have if this continues on the average guy, the average player. Hope. It doesn't get any better than that."
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 17, 2012 2:24 pm

Stoudemire disappointed by Team USA snub

By Matt Moore

Amar'e Stoudemire was held out of the 2010 FIBA Tournament by the Knicks due to insurance issues. In short, the Knicks had taken too much of a chance on Stoudemires and his surgically repaired knees to risk anything happening to him after just signing him to max deal. But apparently things were different this time around two years later and the Knicks were fine with STAT taking his talents to London. Funny thing. Stoudemire wasn't invited to the 20-man list out of which the final 12-man roster will be selected. 

From the New York Post:  
The Knicks pulled Stoudemire off the World Championship team in the summer of 2010 only weeks after he signed an uninsured $100 million contract. It ticked off USA Basketball CEO Jerry Colangelo, who likely didn’t want to have to deal with the Garden politics again. Stoudemire said the Knicks haven’t said anything about him not being able to play for the Olympics and a team official said it doesn’t believe they have preference.

“It’s definitely not my choice,’’ Stoudemire said. “I would love to play. My loyalty is with USA Basketball. ... If they need me, I’m there.’’
via Amar’e Stoudemire of Knicks upset at not being named Olympic team finalist - NYPOST.com.

There were likely basketball reasons in play here more than personal ones or matters of convenience. Team USA is so stacked with talent, the most since Dream Team II at least, that every player has to play very specific roles. The bigs defend and rebound while working the offensive glass. The perimeter players shoot from the outside. The wings largely are counted on to produce perimeter penetration to kickstart the offense and to shut off passing and driving lanes. Stoudemire is a pick and roll big who isn't a great rebounder and struggles on defense. He's just not a great fit, no matter how good he is in the NBA.

Team USA could use Amar'e, but there's a long list of players good enough who won't make the roster. It's a shame for him that the power forward class in the NBA exploded over the past two years with Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Kevin Love. At least the interest is there for players wanting to represent their country, though.  
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: January 2, 2012 11:12 am

Dwyane Wade says 2012 his last for Team USA

By Matt Moore

Dwyane Wade has told FoxSportsFlorida.com that 2012 will be his last appearance for Team USA.
"This is my last run," Wade, 29, said in an interview with FOX Sports Florida. "No chance (Wade will return for another Olympics). No chance at all. Not a chance."
via 2012 to be Dwyane Wade's last Olympics.

Wade cites a desire to let other young players have their chance at a medal during their careers as his primary reason. Wade won a bronze medal in 2004 and a gold medal in 2008's Beijing Olympics alongside now-fellow Heat members LeBron James and Chris Bosh. It was their insistence, along with that of Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony, notoriously close friends of Wade and James, that pushed Wade to come back for another season.

The lockout-affected season means that the NBA Finals will end as late as June 26th, and the Olympics begin July 27th, with Team USA training camp starting a few weeks ealier. Should the Heat's season go according to their plans, or at least as well as last year, Wade wouldn't have much time to rest his body, which is known to have injury issues. But Wade says the "unity' is what makes the experience special and will bring him back.

Team USA should be just as stacked this time around. With the Miami Big 3, Anthony, Paul, and Kobe Bryant expected to return, along with Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose, that's an absurd amount of talent right there. Competition could be as stiff this time around as it was in 2008, but expect Blake Griffin to have a good shot at making the team. Factoring in the kind of role players that usually make the team to give specific abilities (Tyson Chander's defense for example), and the 18-20 player list expected to be announced in January according to Jerry Colangelo, head of Team USA, (via FoxSportsFlorida.com) could make for some serious ego management in the roster decisions.

But having that much talent is never a problem, and Wade will be part of that pleasant conundrum.
Posted on: July 27, 2011 8:37 pm

NBA lockout threatens 2012 USA Olympics team?

Posted by Ben Golliver


A dozen of America's top athletes leaping for joy after securing an Olympics gold medal while the foreign opponent huddles together with heasd bowed consoling themselves. You don't have to sport a tattoo of the American flag on your bicep to get a rise out of that scene.

Unfortunately, the NBA lockout hangs over all of basketball these days. And Yahoo! Sports reports that if the league cancels the entire 2011-2012 season it could jeopardize NBA player participation in the 2012 Summer Olympics. In other words, the scene pictured above from Beijing in 2008 might not be repeated in London.
In the doomsday scenario, where labor strife causes the cancellation of the 2011-12 NBA season, and the work stoppage drags into June and then July, there’s little, if no chance, the great American players could play in the Olympics. Team USA is too tied to the NBA – too much of a David Stern production – for the players to break ranks and play. In the post 9-11 world, that’s a tricky subject PR-wise for the players, but several union, USA Basketball and agent sources believe this worst-case labor scenario would cost Team USA its NBA stars.

As the managing director of USA Basketball, Jerry Colangelo answers to Stern, and the league – along with its ATM machine, Nike – has immense impact on the coaching staff and roster. How could the NBA allow its coaches – Team USA assistants Nate McMillan and Mike D’Antoni – to coach NBA players during a lockout? Still, that’s the worst-case scenario, but it’s one that USA Basketball will have to consider should the labor dispute push deep into the NBA season. In this instance, Team USA would have to field a team of American players who’ve built careers overseas, as well as D-League players, and perhaps a superior college superstar or two.

That would obviously put the USA at a serious disadvantage, especially because foreign-born NBA players would almost certainly compete in the Olympics, lockout or not. Teams like Spain, France and Argentina, to name three, could put more raw talent on the court than a mish-mashed USA roster. For perhaps the first time ever, USA would be an unquestioned underdog entering the tournament. That would be a terrible nightmare.

Let's just not think about it. Assuming the lockout is resolved and NBA players are willing and able to compete for their country, here are the 12 names and seven potential alternates for the the roster.
The USA has tended to play versatile, small ball line-ups in recent international competitions. It's unlikely they would add multiple new big men unless one of the 2008 team members decided not to come back. When in doubt, the mantra seems to be, add shooting, which could favor younger guards like Curry and Gordon, who both played on the 2010 World Championships team.
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!
Posted on: September 13, 2010 9:59 am

Shootaround 9.13.10: 'Toine's got an invite

Bobcats aggressively looking to move Damp, the Magic's new arena is smarter than you, and Oden's progress going slow. Posted by Matt Moore

The Bobcats have what their GM is calling "probably one of the most valuable contracts in the league " in Erick Dampier. Dampier's contract is a non-guaranteed, voidable deal for $13 million, meaning a team can dump one or several players for Dampier, then waive him and clear off money immediately. If the Bobcats can find a taker, they might be able to solve some of their considerable problems. Like the fact that they have no viable point guard in place. You know.... that.

Speaking of valuable partially guaranteed expiring contracts, Magic Basketball takes a look at whether Vince Carter can be moved this season by himself for a wing upgrade. The prospects are not great.

Most new arenas are nice. But the Magic's new arena is smart . They're able to target advertising in real-time, flexible responses, and the ticket systems can load cash for concessions if ticket gift-givers want to provide a meal along with the basketball.

There's an unwritten rule, one that should be written for a lot of first-time credentialed press members from team blogs, that you don't root in the press box. Unless, apparently, you're abroad for an international competition .

Samuel Dalembert is not so much a fan of the Canadian national team's coach . Okay, that's kind of an understatement. To say that he pins all their problems on Leo Rautins would be more accurate. Dalembert has had a year with what happened in his home country of Haiti. This is just one other failure he's venting about.

Greg Oden will not be in attendance during team scrimmages this week. I know, you're shocked. Try and lay down for a bit to deal with this news.

Antoine Walker has actually been invited by a real life NBA team to participate in some practices and scrimmages. The Bobcats have made no assurances he'll make it even to camp, though.

Andre Iguodala reflects on the entire FIBA World Championship experience and winning the gold.

Guess who's available? Pops Mensah-Bonsu! Contract rescinded, back on the street , ready to come in and play five or six minutes at a time with rebounds and missed dunks at your disposal. Kidding aside, Bonsu's a solid bench player that deserves a run.

The NBA just inked a deal with a Spanish bank for $100 million for sponsorship across the NBA, WNBA, and the D-League. That's a pretty big chunk of change. The league keeps talking about losses, and keeps ratcheting up big deals.
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