"This team will be everything we've said it will be once we saw what we had. They're athletic, they're going to be able to shoot the ball; a lot better than people think they can -- especially if they play with rhythm," Team Director Jerry Colangelo said. "You could build a case for saying there's not enough space for all the terrific guards we have. That's a dilemma, and it's certainly true, and somebody is going to be disappointed when it's all said and done."
And.... Anyway, unconventional is not necessarily bad, but there has to be some ability to play conventionally when circumstances call for it.
In the weeks ahead, we'll get to see whether this US team is capable of doing so.
When the original Dream Team steamrolled through the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, it seemed that the USA could never possibly lose.
*Slowly but surely, due to several factors, the rest of the world caught up and even surpassed the Americans over time.
From 2002 through 2006, a series of disappointments marred American basketball. Many people remember team USA’s opening game blowout loss to Puerto Rico in the 2004 Olympics and corresponding disappointments thereafter.
However, that team did go on to win a bronze medal. The same goes for the 2006 team that won bronze featuring most of the gold medal winning members.
The 2002 games were by far the most shameful and began the tailspin. That year the tournament was hosted by the United States with Indianapolis as the tournament site.
The Americans were beaten by Argentina in the final game of pool play and then shocked in the opening round of medal play by the former Yugoslavia. As if that weren’t bad enough, they were then beaten by Spain in the 5th place game and settled for being the 6th best team in the world.
*Not exactly ideal for the nation who created the game itself and is home to the best professional league in the world.
The lesson: The team USA could no longer just roll the ball out and expect the best to come that is to win. Other countries not only had come a long way in terms of depth in their basketball talent pool, but were also no longer afraid of the Americans on the international stage. Now in 2010, America is again rolling out an unproven team missing most
if not all of the nation’s elite talent due to injury, celebrity, or indifference.
If it isn't, it could be a bumpy creepy road ahead that will have the Americans longing for the night in Vegas back in July when their first public appearance looked more like an NBA All-Star Game than a FIBA competition.
*Sorry, but that's just frankly to say... right?
And here we go, the team roster for the 2010 USA team for the international competition:
Chauncey Billups, Denver Nuggets
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Eric Gordon, Los Angeles Clippers
Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 76ers
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
Rudy Gay, Memphis Grizzlies
Danny Granger, Indiana Pacers
Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Lakers
Jeff Green, Oklahoma City Thunder
Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves
Tyson Chandler, Dallas Mavericks
Brook Lopez, New Jersey Nets
Official promotional campaign FIBA - Giants Get Together
(for me it's quite amusing, you know, basketball players always related to their height. I mean, they could be really TALL and awesome at the same time hehehehhehe... Hey, just watch!)
Team USA (me say: Yay! Obviously hahahahahaha... Whoops!)