US Team Update (RePost)

Just wanted to share with you an interesting update re the Olympic US Team from Ball Don’t Lie:

Team USA managing director Jerry Colangelo and head coach Mike Krzyzewski recently told reporters that the 12-man roster for the Beijing Olympics will be announced on Monday. But who can wait for Monday? That’s like three days from now! Using leaks, rumors and a little common sense, let’s handicap who’s likely in and out:

“Guaranteed” China bound:

Carmelo Anthony — Post: “USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo confirmed the selection of Anthony, who will be appearing on his second straight Olympic squad. … “In the last year, I thought he took a half-step back,” Colangelo told the newspaper. “I have no idea why, but obviously, I’ve read the reports about how he might be traded and about some of the little things that have gone on. But there’s a lot of stuff I’m not (privy) to.”

Jason Kidd — Chicago Tribune: “Jason Kidd said Wednesday he’s looking forward to playing in Beijing even if it does cut into his golf game. … “I’m not supposed to say anything, but I’m looking forward to participating,” said the Mavericks point guard, who started on the 2004 U.S. Olympic team.”

Chris Paul — The Time Picayune: “(CP3) learned this week he will be one of the 12 members of the U.S. Olympic basketball team, sources close to the player said Thursday. This will be Paul’s first Olympic experience. He helped lead Team USA to an 8-1 record and bronze medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan.”

Tayshaun Prince — mLive: “Two league sources confirmed on Thursday that Prince will be among the players chosen to represent the United States’ men’s basketball team … “A guy like Tayshaun Prince, with his length, smarts, and his ability to guard four positions, is as valuable as a scorer,” Colangelo told the Boston Globe. “We’re going to stay true to what we said. It’s not an all-star team. It’s a team of different components.”

Dwyane Wade — Miami Herald: “Dwyane Wade will have the support of the Heat when he begins his quest for Olympic gold next week at Team USA minicamp in Las Vegas. A source close to Wade said Thursday he will be on the 12-man roster.”

Michael Redd — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Olympic and National Basketball Association sources have confirmed that Redd will be named to the 12-man roster for the Beijing Olympics. … Redd earned his Olympic spot with a stellar performance last summer in the FIBA Americas tournament in Las Vegas, as the U.S. team qualified for the 2008 Games. Redd came off the bench to average 14.0 points, the fourth-highest mark on the team, and he shot 53%, including 45.3% from three-point range.”

Have said no:

Amare Stoudemire — Arizona Republic: “Amaré has pulled himself out of consideration for the roster and that’s predicated on, despite the fact that he’s had an injury-free year coming back (from knee surgeries in 2005 and 2006), he’s a little hesitant on pushing the envelope too hard,” Colangelo said.”

Chauncey Billups — ESPN: “Chauncey Billups will not play for Team USA in the Beijing Olympics due to family reasons … “It’s a matter of what you want to do and what you need to do,” Billups told ESPN. “Winning a gold medal is the one thing that I haven’t accomplished, and I was looking forward to standing up on that big stage. That’s what I really wanted. But I was taught family comes first, above anything else.”

Paul Pierce — Boston Globe: “Despite how well Paul Pierce has played in the NBA Finals, USA Basketball reiterated that it isn’t going to add him to its Beijing Olympics team, managing director Jerry Colangelo said yesterday. Pierce was among the long list of core potential players originally named in 2005. But since he didn’t participate the past two years because of injuries, he won’t be asked to wear red, white, and blue this summer.”

So, who does that leave?

Well, a lot. Possible candidates include: Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Joe Johnson, Tyson Chandler, Chris Bosh, Carlos Boozer, Mike Miller, Deron Williams, Brad Miller, Luke Ridnour, Antawn Jamison, JJ Redick, Shawn Marion, Elton Brand, Lamar Odom, Shane Battier, Bruce Bowen, Gilbert Arenas, and Adam Morrison.

From that MVP-to-mustache list, it’d be hard to imagine Kobe, Dwight and LeBron not making the roster. In fact, it’d be impossible to imagine. They’re in. So that brings us up to nine guys, with just three spots left.

Of the remaining 18 names, I think Colangelo will pick Bosh and the two Jazzies — Deron and Boozer. Billups withdrawal opens the door up for that third, physical point guard, while Bosh and Boozer help in the size department. Also, their ability to operate in low-post sets when the game slows down could be key.

Original Post from Ball Don’t Lie