Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Can They Bring Back the Gold?

Today, USA Basketball announced the NBA players who will be representing the USA for this year's Olympics.  They were Dwight Howard, Carlos Boozer, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Michael Redd, Jason Kidd and Tayshaun Prince.

For the most part, it seems like a lineup that has the talent, the willpower and the dedication to win back the gold for the United States.  I like the fact they kept Tayshaun Prince to challenge the outside shots and switch on the pick and rolls.  This team has the best scorers, passers and shooters in the world.

There is one concern I have.  Size.  Dwight Howard is the only true center and it seems that only he and Carlos Boozer have the ability to bang on a daily basis which is what it's gonna take if they want to be Olympic champs again.  What happens if one or both get in foul trouble?  Gasol, Bogut, Yao, and Nowitski are all in the same level as our bigmen.  Interior defense broke down with the countless back door plays from the top tier teams in the world.  Also outside of those two big guys, there are no other true post up players to take the pressure off the guards and small forwards.  Maybe a Kevin Garnett, or Elton Brand off the bench instead of 8 guards (not counting Prince who plays guard sometimes) would give Team USA a better chance.