2006-08 USA Basketball Men’s Senior National Team
2006 USA Basketball Men’s World Championship Team Finalists Roster
Cuts: Morrison, Ridenour and Marion (injury)
Intial reactions: Dwight Howard A little surprised as he still seems to be finding his way, even if he is about ready to take the league by storm. I love his energy and his nose for rebounding. He is by all accounts a character guy and easily coachable, and that probably was a factor.
Amare Stoudemire This selection should end a lot of discussion about his health.
Brad Miller Isn’t this guy already playing a little long in the tooth? Wonder how his employers feel about this. But he fits the international game well with his passing ability and outside shot.
Special K: Larry Brown is a respected coach, but we can see how he may not have been a good fit for the Olympic job. Coach K is treated reverentially throughout basketball. And as Laker fans know, a coach with credentials has a head start when it comes to dealing with NBA players.
Krzyzewski also revealed a few nuggets of strategy for the tournament: He doesn’t plan to have a regular starting lineup, and nobody will play all 40 minutes in any game.
FB and G’s resident prognosticator: Excerpts from Kurt’s take on Colangelo taking over for USA basketball from a year ago:
They need a full time coach.
The days the USA can just roll the ball out and win on talent alone are gone, this needs to be a team now.
This needs to be a more perimeter based and versatile team, with bigs who can play inside and out and not just a plethora of slasher guards.
Meet the new ballâ€¦: There have been some complaints coming out of summer league about the new ball that will be used this year. It has an international look, is a composite (not all leather) and is meant to be game ready out of the box (like a new pair of Jordanâ€™s, I guess). Seems a uniform feel for all game balls was the desired end. No more advantage for home teams playing with their ball.
A long walk ruined: Chris Mihm has greatly improved his game this off-season, just maybe not the right game.
George still looking for a new jungle: Dallas has offered him a one year deal for $2 million dollars…
…He’s still exploring other options, including Phoenix, New Jersey and Cleveland.
In case you missed it: It looks as if the Lakers will spend Christmas in Miami again.