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    Since today's game exposed USA's weakness on the inside it got me thinking why Davis and Harden were chosen instead of guys like Cousins, Aldridge, Bynum and Hibbert? There's also Paul Millsap and Zach Randolph.

    If it's size they need there are still a few who they can choose in the NBA.

    Why weren't these players included in the initial pool? Or were they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenarcher View Post
    Since today's game exposed USA's weakness on the inside it got me thinking why Davis and Harden were chosen instead of guys like Cousins, Aldridge, Bynum and Hibbert? There's also Paul Millsap and Zach Randolph.

    If it's size they need there are still a few who they can choose in the NBA.

    Why weren't these players included in the initial pool? Or were they?
    Aldridge was in the pool but got injured, Bynum was asked to join the pool but declined, Cousins is on the Select team but there were some thoughts about promoting him it might have been a mistake not to, not sure about Hibbert.
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    Cousins is volatile but at least he has more experience than Davis.

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    With Cousins on the floor against European teams, he will be more of a liability due to his still flawed offensive game that is far from efficient. Despite Davis being a rookie, he plugs in an interior need with his defense, unlike Cousins who will likely get two fouls in three minutes. Faster than Tyson Chandler.
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    Big men aren't selected in Team Usa because they would not have enough pt than they normally do as it will be eaten by the likes of Carmelo Lebron and KD...unless you are Dwight who will be the closest thing to Tyson Chandler in the defensive scheme of things at the same time can keep in step with Kd and co. on the offense side.. as this you need to feed the big guys to get the game going much different how the USA system of offense works now

    ever wonder why Blake Griff suddenly injured in the camp?
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    Anthony Davis made a grandslam in terms of achievements as an amateur player and being rewarded for USA basketball with that.. and unlike Emeka Okafor(to be fair Emeka did not have many chances to play in the garbage time as USA struggled in 2004) can be an asset to the team by being aggresive in the D side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reamily View Post
    Big men aren't selected in Team Usa because they would not have enough pt than they normally do as it will be eaten by the likes of Carmelo Lebron and KD...unless you are Dwight who will be the closest thing to Tyson Chandler in the defensive scheme of things at the same time can keep in step with Kd and co. on the offense side.. as this you need to feed the big guys to get the game going much different how the USA system of offense works now

    ever wonder why Blake Griff suddenly injured in the camp?
    All of the USA big men were injured. Many required surgery. Blake Griffin was injured in the playoffs. It was ridky for him to play in the olympics. Colangelo would have loved to have Howard, Griffin, LeMarcus Aldridge etc yet injuries prevented it.

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    I have some comments about the USA team. It seems that this USA team is a jump shoting team. The old strategy with the USA was to clog the lane and limit them to jumpers. That doesn't work with this team. The Americans are content with shooting 30 3pts a game. USA has allowed its opponets to score. Liths scored 95pts, Argentina 97, Australia 86 this is an average of 92.6 points a game. The USA allows teams to score a great ammount. This team is weird. They are not winning in the fashion most predicted they would.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raze Lupin View Post
    I have some comments about the USA team. It seems that this USA team is a jump shoting team. The old strategy with the USA was to clog the lane and limit them to jumpers. That doesn't work with this team. The Americans are content with shooting 30 3pts a game. USA has allowed its opponets to score. Liths scored 95pts, Argentina 97, Australia 86 this is an average of 92.6 points a game. The USA allows teams to score a great ammount. This team is weird. They are not winning in the fashion most predicted they would.
    When you know you can score around 120 a game, what is the incentive and motivation to play great defense? So you can win by 50 points instead of 30? What's the difference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raze Lupin View Post
    I have some comments about the USA team. It seems that this USA team is a jump shoting team. The old strategy with the USA was to clog the lane and limit them to jumpers. That doesn't work with this team. The Americans are content with shooting 30 3pts a game. USA has allowed its opponets to score. Liths scored 95pts, Argentina 97, Australia 86 this is an average of 92.6 points a game. The USA allows teams to score a great ammount. This team is weird. They are not winning in the fashion most predicted they would.
    I was thinking the same thing today- this USA team is strange comparted to our previous teams. They have played a larger portion of their games in the half court instead of out on the break. And like you said- they rely heavily on the 3 pt shot- our weakness in previous tournaments. Its some kind of bizarro Team USA but...........I like it. For one, it shows that we aren't so reliant on fast breaks, alley oops, etc. We can blow teams out even if they impose their tempo on us. I think this bodes well for future USA teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorCal View Post
    I was thinking the same thing today- this USA team is strange comparted to our previous teams. They have played a larger portion of their games in the half court instead of out on the break. And like you said- they rely heavily on the 3 pt shot- our weakness in previous tournaments. Its some kind of bizarro Team USA but...........I like it. For one, it shows that we aren't so reliant on fast breaks, alley oops, etc. We can blow teams out even if they impose their tempo on us. I think this bodes well for future USA teams.
    Bottom line is too much talent and coupled with coach K's player rotation. Opponents were tired and exhausted after the first half while team USA were still running like gazelles. I think Kevin Love is very suited for int'l play, he is not very tall but has a big and strong body to bang it up inside. Imagine Howard, Griffin and Love together on future USA teams, nightmare for other countries. Give me a thumbs up if I hit a bullseye here.

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    I'm a LBJ fan and by the way he played great, but still KD is the MVP. Without him, they could have not won the Gold. The game was very close and Gasol brothers and Ibaka is dominating inside the paint but its the guards who made the difference and off course the big three of KD, LBJ and KB. KD shooting killed Spain. I'm not rooting for USA, but they deserve the win and I'm also happy for Spain and other countries who gave USA a scare. It really shows that basketball worldwide is very competitive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonescupfan View Post
    Bottom line is too much talent and coupled with coach K's player rotation. Opponents were tired and exhausted after the first half while team USA were still running like gazelles. I think Kevin Love is very suited for int'l play, he is not very tall but has a big and strong body to bang it up inside. Imagine Howard, Griffin and Love together on future USA teams, nightmare for other countries. Give me a thumbs up if I hit a bullseye here.
    True Kevin Love and Howard would be amazing. I was proud of the other nations. Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Russia, France all have great squads. Lietuva, Serbia, Turkey, Puerto Rico are great too.

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