Tag: London 2012 odds
The LA Lakers star is not too happy with the proposal given out by the NBA Commissioner David Stern for the future of USA Basketball. Stern is proposing a switch to a system similar to that used in men’s Olympic soccer. The idea would be to have a 23 and-under competition with three overage players allowed per country. On the other hand, all NBA players would remain eligible for the quadrennial FIBA World Championship. This would follow the same pattern that soccer does with the FIFA World Cup. Now, to cut down on the pressure set upon some of the NBA owners, this model would give share of revenues in return to the NBA Teams for allowing their top players to participate.
The USA National Basketball Team is already in London, ready to prove once again that they are still the most dominant basketball squad in the World. Sure enough Team USA has seen both the best and worst of the NBA, but this year, the team wants to find a spot among the best of the best. It’s hard to forget that in the Summer Olympic games at Barcelona back in 1992, the Dream Team would go ahead and put on one of the most overwhelming performance by a basketball team when the Dream Team took control of the tournament. Then again, a few years ago, things went south when Team USA in 2004 became known as the Nightmare team when it failed to bring the gold medal back home from the Olympic Games in Athens. This is by far the worst performance a USA National basketball team has ever had in an international. They didn’t even managed to win Silver, they had to go home with a bronze medal.
But that’s a thing of the past. This new Dream Team is looking strong and it seems as if its going to be up to LeBron James to get things rolling for the squad down the stretch. The star powers is certainly as attractive as it was exactly twenty years ago when the original Dream Team that include the likes of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, John Stockton among others stars. This time around it is LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul making the headlines, but the talent is there just as well.
Injuries have certainly hurt the overall squad, but there is plenty of talent from where to fish from. Still, some players could be seriously missed such as Derrick Rose who’s out with a knee injury as is, Dwight Howard and his back problems, Dwyane Wade with his sore knee, Chris Bosh’s abdominal muscle, LaMarcus Aldridge knee and Chauncey Billups who tore his Achilles tendon. Once in training, Team USA lost Blake Griffin to a re-aggravated knee injury that this week required arthroscopic surgery.
Team USA outplayed the Brazilian National team in their last exhibition game in Washington D.C. before taking an overnight fly to London where the squad will get ready for the Olympic games. They are certainly the favorite squad to bring home the gold medal.