I think Harden would be a great fit for the national team; hope he ends up on the Select squad. He's pretty much the perfect complementary player.
"The final 12-man roster and six alternates must be submitted June 18, before the NBA Finals will be complete. But all 18 names have to be given to the U.S. Olympic Committee by the end of January to be placed in the drug program."
RE: Gay and Iguodala
Based on all the discussion on this thread, many of us feel that Gay and Iguodala won't make the Final 12 man, 6 alternate roster. That would make them potential Select Team players. So, while they are part of the pool being considered, they are not on the Olympic roster because that list won't be made public until late June.
I didn't know that, thanks for setting me straight.
Davis selected for one of five openings. Cousins on select squad, Monroe and Jefferson being considered for London. So is Lamar Odom?
Anthony Davis would probably be a much better Select Team guy this year. I do not think he's ready. I dont think we should have a "college" spot on Team USA either.
Greg Monroe and Al Jefferson would both be good choices to try out. I think Monroe can do more things without the ball in his hands.
It would not be a shock to see another injury or two as the playoffs move along.
Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams, Blake Griffin
My point is simply that I don't think Gay and Iggy are givens. In fact, I think there is no way both make it unless injuries further decimate the field, and I think it's long odds that either of them make it.
I'm skeptical on Blake as well. I think we're better off with a bigger guy, with more height and better defensive chops. Maybe even a big with a mid-range jumper. Like Greg F. Monroe.
Story here: not authoritative, but plausible.
Kyrie Irving Picked For USA Select Team...
Congrats Kyrie... The best is yet to come
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As these announcements start to trickle out, it looks like Brian913 may have been right when he said that anyone on the 18 team roster (12 official and 6 alternates) would not be on the Select Team. As the late great Jerry Orbach (and Dave Dameshek) say, "When I'm wrong, I say I'm wrong".
Still, I wonder if the 6 Olympic Team alternates would be considered for the 2014 World Championships squad if they wanted to play? I am sure Colangelo and K would want some of the experienced guys to come back and help lead the team. After all, if they are good enough to be an alternate for the Olympics, that means they are, basically, the next best 6 players. Why wouldn't we want them on the Worlds Team? I am guessing that they would be considered if they were interested.
Bottom line, there's going to be a whole lot of talent at that training camp in Vegas. That would be an incredible scene to witness, because dozens of great coaches, GMs and basketball guys go out there just to hang out and watch. It's like a huge American basketball celebration.
If one makes it, my guess is Iggy over Gay for his defense. Gay is a better shooter and scorer, but we don't need scoring on the wing and Iggy started on the 2010 team b/c of his defense. (BTW this year Iggy has actually shot much better than Gay, but Gay has traditionally been a better shooter...)
(Also BTW I say this team vs Dream Team is a tossup on the wing: Jordan/Bird/Pippen/Drexler vs James/Bryant/Durant/Wade...that's a tough call.)
I think we can get away with 2 given James, Wade and Bryant can handle primary ball handler responsibilities, but if all 3 of Paul/WBrook/Dwill are availalable, I'd guess we take all 3 for insurance/injury purposes. (its possible given the playoffs and Dwill's contract issue that all 3 won't be available...)
Amidst all of the speculation about the National Team and the Select Team, David Stern gave an interview last week on ESPN radio where he opined that Olympic basketball should move to a 23-years old and under system like they have for soccer. I didn't catch WHY he felt that way, but it would put an interesting spin on the tournament. It would probably favor USA, anyway, as our team in 2012, if the limit was in place, would include Durant, Westbrook, Love, et al.