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What's next for Team USA men's basketball?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by bigpern23, Aug 21, 2016.

  1. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    I have no doubt the team will find other talented small forwards to replace Carmelo, but assuming this is Coach K's last Olympics, who takes over the "program?"

    Does it take a special coach to bring these guys together, or was Larry Brown just that bad in 2004?
  2. JakeandElwood

    JakeandElwood Well-Known Member

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  3. cjericho

    cjericho Well-Known Member

    Didn't a lot of better players not play in 04 and some of the ones who did not really care? don't think anyone can coach and win, but there's definitely more than a few guys who could.
  4. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    2004 was mostly an organizational flustercluck. As long as USA Basketball stays with the system set up by Jerry Coalangelo, all will be well.

    And remember, James and Curry stayed home.
  5. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Brown really was that bad in 2004.

    He was more concerned with getting the team to "play the right way" than he was with winning, constantly pissed and moaned about the roster (which he had heavy input in selecting) and kept LeBron for the most part bolted to the bench.

    I've been reading stories that LBJ and Curry are both second guessing themselves for sitting out this year, and may give it a shot in 2020.
  6. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Trying to quit to take the job with Mozambique didn't help.
  7. Della9250

    Della9250 Well-Known Member

    To say nothing of LeBron and Curry staying home, so did Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis. And Kawhi Leonard and Chris Paul. And LaMarcus Aldridge and James Harden. Plus whatever young players emerge between now and then -- Karl Anthony Towns and Japari Parker would be two examples.

    2020 could easily be this roster with their ages in 2020
    Paul 34
    Westbrook 31
    Curry 32
    Thompson 30
    Irving 28

    LeBron 35
    Durant 31
    Davis 27
    Leonard 29
    George 30

    Cousins 30
    Towns 24
  8. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    It would be strictly ceremonial, but I suppose the NBA could institute a leaguewide policy that Olympic players would not be required /expected to report to training camp the following season until five days prior to regular season tipoff.

    Some (maybe most) players would actually prefer to report earlier, but 3-4 extra weeks off might ease the all-summer grind a little bit for the Olympians.

    And the vast majority of all All-Star caliber players, if they showed up to camp on time and then sprained an ankle or yanked a hamstring the first day of camp, would sit out until the final days of preseason anyway.
  9. MNgremlin

    MNgremlin Active Member

    You won't be seeing Towns play for Team USA.

  10. MNgremlin

    MNgremlin Active Member

    Is Popovich the right man for the job? Maybe, but I'm not convinced. He won't be on Larry Brown's level, but I hope people aren't underestimating the impact Mike Krzyzewski has had on the Team USA program.
  11. sgreenwell

    sgreenwell Well-Known Member

    I don't think Barkley and others are wrong when they say that Team USA focuses too much on 1-on-1 basketball. That's fine if your 1 is LeBron, Curry, Durant or Melo, but it's more of an issue when non-All NBA players are taking up significant minutes. If guys like Curry and James can't or don't want to play, then construct it more like a traditional team - with 3-point and rebounding specialists, for example - as opposed to just taking the next-best All-Star you can find.
  12. sgreenwell

    sgreenwell Well-Known Member

    Popovich has shown himself to be a pretty nimble tactician - look at how different the Spurs teams he won with were, in terms of personnel and how they played.
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