Off the top of my head, Pau, Marc, Duncan, Bargnani, Nene, and Gortat aren't American. That leaves us with Chandler (on the team), Noah (injured), Bosh (injured), McGhee (dumb), DeAndre Jordan (see McGhee), and then Hibbert and Al Jefferson, who aren't any better than our current big men. I might be missing some people, but that seems to be the reason. We don't really have any replacements.
Howard (back surgery), LaMarcus Aldridge (hip injury), Chris Bosh (strained abdominal muscle) and Blake Griffin (left knee surgery). And Bynum has played all 82 games exactly once in his career so I doubt he'd be to thrilled at the possibility of adding more mileage to his knees.
Demarcus Cousins is not hurt but Team USA wants no part of him.
What player from our team would you even put on the orginal dream team? Kobe, Durant and Lebron; that's it. even a Larry Bird with a bad back is better than most of our Starters. I get we always want to compare and think today was better than yesterday, but i don't think it holds true in this case.
cousins mcgee hibbert jordan, i think those at least 1 of those guys would be beneficial when defending spain.
Thing that gets me, if he's not ready to play, why is he on the team?
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Maybe he's their secret weapon. They wanna save him for the real games.
Last edited by RaisingTheBar; 07-23-2012 at 02:05 PM.
Duncan has represented America in international competition. He would have been on the 1998 team but no NBAers played due to the lockout. He declined an invite in 2000 and soured on the competition all together after the bronze in 2004. Bynum also declined an invite to be a finalist on the 2012 team.
Joakim Noah plays for France. Just thought I'd share.
Only thing Chandler has over AD is experience and size (which does count for a lot, no doubt). AD has him beat everywhere else.
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WHO THINK COACH K IS THE WEAKNESS ON THIS TEAM!!! IF HE TRY TO START LOVE, JAMES,ANTHONY,PAUL AND WILLIAMS AGAINST SPAIN , WE WILL BE DOWN BY 10 IN THE FIRST QUARTER. WE NEED TO PLAY DAVIS, AND JAMES AT THE 4!! ROTATE THEM!!! LOVE AND CHANDLER AT THE 5
Maybe this is coach K's way of explaining why Anthony Davis may be moving in front of Kevin Love in the rotation?
Well, at least we can hope so for tomorrow.
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