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I'm posting the Sport's Guys recent article about the USA basketball team and their failures. It's an interesting read and was curious about what you all thought. If you agree with him and what changes would you make, etc.

http://http://espn.go.com/page2/s/simmons/020913.html

This is the part where he mentions Rose:

Jalen Rose: Perfect sixth man. Plays three positions, creates his own shot, shoots 3s, takes over games, plays any style, commands double teams when he's hot, has already proven himself in big situations, insanely competitive ... and nobody ever mentions him. Ideal for the international game. J-Ro gets a bad rap, yo. He's the shiz-nit. Word. Holla.

(Ever notice how nobody can write an NBA column anymore without "writing black"? Probably my least favorite journalistic trend of the last 20 years. There are a great many black players in this sport, therefore, I must make my prose a little more urban. Word up. This is one phat column I'm writing. Recognize.)
 

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One too many http's in the address

http://espn.go.com/page2/s/simmons/020913.html

Anyway, fun article. I wrote one on the same general subject a couple weeks ago for bulls4ever.com.

My key points of agreement with the Sports Guy:

- The USA team seemed to be put together more with an eye towards who are the young, up-and-coming NBA stars who could use the pub than who are the best players to make up a TEAM that can successfully compete in the international arena. This includes putting some role players on the roster.

- Get players who truly want to play on Team USA.

- Make the Team USA head coach job a permanent position. This "who's turn is it?" stuff is not only silly, it's arrogant.

The key point the Sports Guy missed, IMO, is that, regardless of who's on the team or who coaches it, a 3-week commitment ain't enough.

As for Rose, I agree that he would have been a nice addition to Team USA. He's a damn good player and so versatile that he can be on the floor when you want to go big (PG) or when you want to go small (SF).
 

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I agree that they should pick people who want to play. If Antoine Walker was begging to play - I say put him on the team.
 

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I've said it before and I will say it again - Bill Simmons just kills me

By far and away the most entertaining sportswriter by far
 

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Jon Barry: Good for team chemistry, 3-point range, loads of intensity, wouldn't have needed big minutes, and a much better option as "The Token White Guy" than Raef Lafrentz. And we need a "Jump off the bench and pump your fist after a big hoop" guy.


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Originally posted by <b>JOHNNY_BRAVisimO</b>!
Jon Barry: Good for team chemistry, 3-point range, loads of intensity, wouldn't have needed big minutes, and a much better option as "The Token White Guy" than Raef Lafrentz. And we need a "Jump off the bench and pump your fist after a big hoop" guy.



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Does anyone know if Dennis Rodman's old sidekick, Jack Haley is available?
 

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(Ever notice how nobody can write an NBA column anymore without "writing black"? Probably my least favorite journalistic trend of the last 20 years. There are a great many black players in this sport, therefore, I must make my prose a little more urban. Word up. This is one phat column I'm writing. Recognize.)
Hahaha:laugh: ...........True dat, Lizzy!;)
 
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