NBA / Jun 12, 2008 / 9:58 am

Pick Your 2008 U.S. Olympic Team

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USA Basketball will not hold tryouts this summer, instead hand-picking the men’s Olympic team from its current pool of players. So out of those already in the U.S. program, who would you want on your 12-man squad to take to Beijing? The candidates are:

Carmelo Anthony, Gilbert Arenas, Shane Battier, Chauncey Billups, Carlos Boozer, Chris Bosh, Bruce Bowen, Elton Brand, Kobe Bryant, Tyson Chandler, Nick Collison, Kevin Durant, Kirk Hinrich, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Antawn Jamison, Joe Johnson, Jason Kidd, Shawn Marion, Brad Miller, Mike Miller, Adam Morrison, Greg Oden, Lamar Odom, Chris Paul, Paul Pierce, Tayshaun Prince, Michael Redd, J.J. Redick, Luke Ridnour, Amare Stoudemire, Dwyane Wade and Deron Williams.

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  • Monrock

    Kobe – hands down
    chris paul
    lebron
    carmelo
    michael redd
    amare
    the centaur
    paul pierce
    deron
    jamison
    bosh
    prince

  • http://www.bbclommel.be The magnificent B

    Carlos Boozer, Elton Brand, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Jason Kidd, Chris Paul, Paul Pierce, Tayshaun Prince, Michael Redd, Amare Stoudemire, Dwyane Wade

    I just don’t like the other guys.

  • Ron

    Williams
    Bryant
    Melo
    Lebron
    Dwight

    Battier
    Prince
    CPaul
    Marion
    Kidd
    Amare
    Bosh

  • fallinup

    Starters: Kobe, Melo, Bron, Kidd, and Howard.

    Bench: Redd, Paul, Boozer, Amare, Johnson, Bosh, Wade (if healthy), (DWill if Wade isn’t good to go.)

    And before you rip me for putting Kidd on the team, and as a starter…I’m looking at the chemistry of Team USA and how well that team flowed last time around. Not how well they played during last season. The addition to Kidd on team USA was a huge part of that, he’s the leader.

  • Bond

    Dwight Howard
    Amare Stoudemire
    LeBron James
    Kobe Bryant
    Chris Paul
    Carmelo Anthony
    Chris Bosh
    Jason Kidd
    Carlos Boozer
    Paul Pierce
    Dwyane Wade
    Mike Miller

  • http://www.myspace.com/losrotos Marcus

    CP
    Mamba
    PPierce
    LeBron
    The Centaur

    DWill
    Jkidd
    Joe Johnson
    Battier
    Bosh
    STAT
    Tyson Chandler

  • chunky cheese

    It really depends if everbody is healthy…so im going off of everybody will be 100% ready:

    Kobe (no question), Lebron, Wade, CP3, Melo, Bosh, Amare, Elton Brand, D. Howard, Jamison, Redd, Marion

  • Bone

    PG – Paul, Deron Williams
    SG – Kobe, Wade
    SF – Bron, Melo
    PF – Bosh, Amare
    C – Howard, Chandler

    Desiganted Shooters – Mike Miller, Redd

    Sorry J Kidd and Chanucey. Paul and Deron are just that much better.

  • E-Trouble

    Taking into account health and other availability issues:

    JKidd
    Kobe
    LBJ
    Melo
    Dwight

    CP3
    Wade
    Redd
    Bosh
    STAT

    Deron
    Chandler

    next in line: Mike Miller (if D-Wade can’t go), Chandler (more size instead of going with Boozer), JJ (shooting)

  • bigdoggchad

    PG-Kidd, CP3
    SG-Kobe, Joe Johnson,Redd
    SF-Melo, LeBron, Prince
    PF-Bosh, Brand(if healthy) if not then Boozer
    C- Dwight, Amare

  • Rico

    Carmelo Anthony, Carlos Boozer, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Jason Kidd, Chris Paul, Paul Pierce, Amare Stoudemire, Dwyane Wade and Deron Williams.

  • fallinup

    Putting a squad together because they are per say “better” is what got Team USA in trouble last time around. To use that as the base of reasoning is also saying that Team Argentina had better players than Team USA when they won the gold in the last olympics and USA walked away with a bronze.

    Food for thought.

  • Daily boy

    PG-Paul,Bullups
    SG-Bryant, Wade
    SF-James,Anthony
    PF-Stoudemire,Jamison
    C-Howard,Bosh
    Bench-Battier, Joe Johnson

  • yallallreadyknow

    fallinup

    but you gotta remember, that better team before did not feature kobe bryant

  • fallinup

    Exactly ya’ll. But Kobe was on the team during the trials, and so was Kidd. Kobe shot the talent through the roof to almost untouchable. Kidd shot the chemistry through the roof because he’s Kidd. In Euro style ball, chemistry has proven to be everything. They both have experience under their belts, which is why trying to keep the team intact after the trials should be the highest priority.

  • Utes Fan

    If both Paul and D-Will aren’t on the team it will be a travesty. The point guards need to be Paul, Williams, and Billups. I hope Jason Kidd doesn’t get the lifetime achievement vote.

  • weng santos

    chris paul- assists. offense.
    kobe- LOCK.DOWN.D.
    melo- pure scorer. gets his in the FIBA game.
    amare- power.
    dwight h- more power. boards

    deron- heady PG
    paul pierce- melo-type offense before melo
    battier- hey, he took a charge from YAO
    lebron- everything else except scoring
    chandler- blocks (remember you can tip balls off the rim)

    redd- long-range specialist
    marion- versatility

  • Nautic Factor

    PG – Dwayne Wade (if healthy), Chris Paul
    SG – Kobe Bryant, Joe Johnson
    SF – Lebron, Paul Pierce
    PF – Carmelo, Elton Brand
    C – Dwight Howard, Amare
    Bench – Chris Bosh, Shawn Marion/Antawn Jamison

    Excellent Defenders in Wade, Kobe, Johnson, Lebron, Pierce. Good Post defenders in Howard, Brand, Marion, Bosh/Jamison.

    Dead eye shooting in Johnson, Kobe, Pierce
    Playmakers in Lebron, Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade…..

    Ability to score by everyone

    There is no reason, barring injury, that the aforementioned team should lose any game, in fact they should win each game by at least 15 points…

  • fallinup

    My argument is more for keeping Kidd on the team than anything else.

  • yallallreadyknow

    GUARDS
    Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Dwyane Wade, Michael Redd

    FORWRDS
    Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Antwain Jamison, Joe Johnson

    CENTERS
    Dwight Howard, Amare Stoudamire

    sorry (actually i’m not) but no kidd, billups or mikey miller. put this squad out there and live/die with the results.
    if they cant win each game by 40pts and win the gold, then NO combination of US players will. Nuff said.

  • Utes Fan

    Of course, if Deron doesn’t make the team it will just piss him off, and he will in turn tear the league up next season. So that could work to Utah’s benefit. But he deserves to be on the team.

  • bill

    give us your pick dimemag

  • yallallreadyknow

    funniest thing about jason kidd (whom i adore) is that of all the players on the trail squad last year…
    Jason Kidd won the award for (get this….) BEST ATHLETE

  • fallinup

    haha, that is rich ya’ll. I didn’t know that. LOL

  • Junio

    Points – Paul, Deron, Kidd (Billups)
    Wings – Kobe, Wade, Redd, LeBron, Melo, Tayshaun Prince (Mike Miller)
    Bigs – Amare, Howard, Chandler (Boozer, Bosh)

  • yallallreadyknow

    fallinup

    i stand a bit corrected about jason kidd’s award with team usa. but just check this real quick homey

    http://www.usabasketball.com/news.php?news_page=07_aoy_male

  • Chuck…Haters come in all fashions and forms so bear arms

    Kobe
    Lebron- best small forward in the game
    Anthony- Always plays great in the olympics
    Stoudamire -post scoring machine
    Howard- beast inside
    Paul- Almost MVP
    Deron Williams- beasted just about every point gaurd this year
    Chandler- blocks lots of shots and grabs boards
    Mike Miller- gotta spread the defense with that J
    kevin garnett- defensive player of the year and no one named him?

    The other two slots are up for grabs in my opinion. You could go with a shooter, a banger, a shot blocker, a defender. These two positions are where you feel the team lacks something
    NO D-WADE, he was hurt ALL SEASON, and we don’t know what he can do, I doubt he’s a 100%
    Paul Peirce???? NAW, Not a strong enough defender, he only plays one side of the floor imo
    I’m assuming the person who named Micheal Redd did so because of shooting. He only shot 36% percent from beyond, there were A LOT of players that blew him out the water this year as far as shooting
    Bosh I like, he would be considered
    Joe johnson also, he balled this year
    battier? GTFOH
    Prince and jamison????? Don’t know about those two (possible I guess, but not strong ones.)

  • fallinup

    Best athlete is probably the equivalent to MVP. Which I can’t argue the fact that Kidd won it. But Kobe deserves credit in that aspect as well, he was the best defender.

    Regardless, leave Kobe and Kidd on Team USA, and you’re a shoe in for Gold.

  • http://psinapticapotheosis.org Amar

    Sasha V, Vlad Rad, Memo, AK47, Manu, Tony Parker, Peja, Yao, Nash, Barbosa, Bell, Dirk — actually, that team would win some games.

    PG: Kidd (no way they don’t pick him), CP (for the fast ones), Deron (for the big ones, plus he can play SG and hit the trey)

    SG: Kobe (duh.), Joe Johnson (ask Boston)

    SF: Melo (to stop the other team from snitching), Tay (but I don’t know how much respect he’ll get from the refs just because he plays for detroit, like the NBA refs do)

    PF: LeBron (too strong and fast), Jamison (built for the international game — at least on offense)

    C: Dwight (china needs to see a proper souljaboy), CB4 (if only for his neck length)

    for the final spot I think i’m going with Amare over Elton (injury?) or Booz. Here’s the deal on boozer, I don’t know how eligible he really is. Why? Because not just being named is good enough, you had to play. Last season he didn’t play because of his sons’ health, and I think he was injured the previous summer. I could be wrong though.

    Good Lamar should get a look too . . . he has all the skills to dominate in intn’l comp.

  • yallallreadyknow

    i cant believe how many of you are shitting on dwyane wade on here. this cat is still top 5 in the nba. and he makes players better.

    if you dont want him on the squad, i can deal with that. but its more like yall are shitting on him on here.

  • JA

    PG: Paul, Williams
    SG: Kobe, Miller
    SF: Lebron, Melo
    PF: Brand, Bosh
    C: Howard, Chandler
    Bench: JJ, Prince

  • Blue

    @ chuck

    A GTFOH to Shane Battier? It’s a kinda moot point because he’s out of the running due to injury anyway, but c’mon, Team USA needs a hustle guy out there.

    gotta give the guy props for his D and his grit.

  • Blue

    @ yallallreadyknow

    it’s like they only have short term memories in here. people tend to forget how he ripped it up before he got injured. even playing through all of his pain and just a shit season, he was still gettin’ his

    d-wade’ll be back next year to show y’all!!

  • Dave

    I would not want Carmelo representing my country, I’d be embarrased to see him in the red, white, and blue. Boozer has no heart and disappears under pressure, he shouldn’t be there either.

    PG – Williams, Paul
    SG – Kobe, Wade
    SF – Lebron, Pierce
    PF – Brand, Stoudemire
    C – Chandler, Howard

    alt’s – Mike Miller, Kidd

  • fallinup

    If Dwyane is able to play, he better be on Team USA. No doubt about that. Miami didn’t suck ass because of Wade. And aside from the injuries, he had another awesome individual year.

  • fallinup

    Dave, Melo was the go to guy and leading scorer for 2006 and 2007. The world teams just can’t hold his size and ability to score. To leave him off the team would be insanity.

  • weng santos

    D-Wade gets a lot of travels in FIBA competition. His game is for the flash style of the NBA, not the basics of international ball.

    Redd shot 36% last season because he had to create his own shot on the gadawful bucks. But stick him in the wing, get the others to draw the D and get him an open shot off the pass? Easiest buckets he’ll ever get.

    Pierce is a warrior, and he hates to lose. Remember 2002. Redemption is now.

    Melo is a pure scorer no matter what rules we use. FIBA, NBA, NCAA, etc; he just has that gift of being able to put the ball in the hole.

    Off the court, Melo’s errors are more due to youth and are correctable. I don’t know why anyone would feel embarassed having him on the team. Why? Kobe has a rape indictment, Pierce almost got stabbed in the head, LeBron was driving a hummer before he got in the L. But they’re all on my team along with Melo because they belong on the best team I can put together.

  • http://www.ngoogs.com n.googs

    PG – Jason Kidd (hasn’t lost an international basketball game in his life – excellent fit to compliment the core “stars”)
    SG – Kobe Bryant (Really?! I have to explain this pick?? haha)
    SF – Carmelo Anthony (I don’t like him, I don’t like his game, but after leading this team in the World Championships, I doubt he’ll be left off the roster)
    PF – LeBron James (Fits the system well, a potential monster in the paint, that unfortunately the Cavs are too thick to recognize)
    C – Dwight Howard (He will eat this joke-ass international centers ALIVE. Name one international center that could MAYBE contain him? Yao? Not a chance…)

    BENCH

    PG – Chris Paul (You can’t leave him off this team. Didn’t he break a Team USA record for assists a few tournaments back?)
    SG – Mike Miller (I’ll ignore that he looks like a homosexual with that hair thing hes got going on. He can stroke from downtown, and thats what this team needs to stretch defenses.)
    SF – Shawn Marion (He’s long, athletic, and one hell of a defender. This team needs players who will settle into roles, and this guy fits that defensive stopper role PERFECTLY.)
    PF – Amare Stoudemire (He’s head and shoulders better than any other PF on this roster, but I think you need him to come off the bench for that offensive spark and the energy he can bring right away.)
    C – Greg Oden (I say give him a chance, if he’s cleared to play. If not, This spot goes to Tyson Chandler. I like athletic bigs who defend the paint and block/alter some shots. I’d go out on a limb and say some of the international bigs here are actually worse than some of the bigs G.O. faced in college. Plus, reports are coming out that he’s BEASTING in Trailblazers practices, hitting mid range jumpers and tearing the rim off the backboard, so he can definitely contribute in a very positive way to this team.)
    G – Michael Redd (He’s a pure shooter if there ever was one, and just like in Mike Miller’s case, thats exactly what this team needs to balance out the dominant bigs.)
    SF – Shane Battier (He personifies what this team needs in a role player – somebody who’s willing to sacrifice for the team and hustle his ass off. He’s a pretty solid defender, and on the other side of the ball, he can knock down 3′s.)

    Now, the players I didn’t choose, and why they were omitted:

    PG – Gilbert Arenas (They don’t need him. He’s not a point guard, and this team has a glut of wing scorers and three point shooters. Plus, he strikes me as a guy whose out to get his, and the teams performance comes second. Not for Wizards, obviously, but in situations like these, All Star Games and International competitions. To me, he personifies the dark ages of this Team USA.)
    PG – Chauncey Billups (Again, he’s a combo guard, and this team already has two EXCELLENT point guards, and a glut of wing scorers and three point shooters.)
    PF – Carlos Boozer (Ignoring the fact that he played a blind person, Boozer just isn’t up to par with the post players on this team. Maybe he edges out Tyson Chandler if Greg Oden isn’t cleared to play.)
    SF – Bruce Bowen (The rest of the world already hates America. We don’t need Bruce Bowen and his dirty play hurting any international players, and tarnishing the world’s view of us any more. Plus, Shane Battier, to me, is a better fit for this team.)
    PF – Elton Brand (Yeah, he’s a beast. So are the bigs higher on the roster than him. And I think they do it better, with more energy and athleticism.)
    C – Tyson Chandler (As I stated above, he’s on the bubble. I like his game, he’s one hell of a defender, and I think he could be a D-Rod like player for this team.)
    PF – Nick Collison (hahahaha.. WHO?!)
    SF – Kevin Durant (I don’t like him. He’s a jacker. Thats not what this team needs, nor what it will ever need. He doesn’t contribute anything besides points. He could get alot, but he’ll shoot like 32%.)
    PG – Kirk Hinrich (Just doesn’t cut it. I like him, he’s a solid point, but compared to the other points on this team, he is just out place and underdressed.)
    PF – Antwan Jamison (I like him, but again, I think the bigs on this team are on a whole ‘nother level. Maybe hes on the cusp. It could go either way.)
    SG – Joe Johnson (Maybe He takes Mike Miller’s roster spot. Either way, I wont complain. To this team, I think they’re the same player.)
    C – Brad Miller (I like him. I think he fits the team, tall, athletic, a GREAT post passer. I just think the young guns have passed him up.)
    SG – Adam Morrison (Injured? Just let it be known that he doesn’t belong in the same paragraph with the other guards on this roster.)
    PF – Lamar Odom (Have you seen him in the later parts of these playoffs?! He’s a non-factor!)
    SF – Paul Pierce (He’s just not as good of a fit as ‘Melo, LBJ and Kobe. The odd man out, if you will.)
    SG – J.J. Reddick (See Morrison, Adam.)
    PG – Luke Ridnour (See Morrison, Adam; Hinrich, Kirk.)
    PG – Deron Williams (I’m not a fan of his, but regardless, he doesn’t bring anything that people ahead of him don’t bring. You say team USA needs 3 point guards. I say, they have JKidd and CP3. They also have LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, two guys who are capable of running the point if need be, plus they’re both MUCH better than Williams. I think after J.Kidd retires, he’ll be the man.)

    And lastly, my most controversial omission of all,

    SG – Dwayne Wade (They don’t need him. Miami needs him to get 100000% for the season. Kobe’s a better scorer, a better rebounder, a better passer, a better defender, a better leader, AND he’s better in bed! You can clog the roster with a guy like DWade, when you need three-point shooters on this team. And lets face it, DWade couldn’t even pretend to be a three point shooter for Halloween. I don’t like him not being on the team, but this team just doesn’t need him at this point in time.)

  • doc

    Starters Kidd,Kobe,Bron,Melo,Dwight.Bench CP3,D-Will,Redd,Stat,Bosh,Chandler,miller.Everybody else thank yall for coming out, god bless, good night.

  • http://psinapticapotheosis.org Amar

    good article on this whole issue:

    http://upsideandmotor.blogspot.com/2008/06/battle-before-battle.html

    worth a read.

    differences from the 12 guys that I picked? instead of Jamison and Tayshawn he picks Boozer and Redd.

  • Jason

    Guards:
    1. Kobe Bryant
    2. Chris Paul
    3. Jason Kidd
    4. Deron Williams
    5. Joe Johnson

    Forwards:
    1. Carmelo Anthony
    2. Lebron James
    3. Mike Miller
    4. Tayshaun Prince

    Centers:
    1. Dwight Howard
    2. Carlos Boozer
    3. Amare Stoudamire

    Starting Five:
    1. Jason Kidd
    2. Kobe Bryant
    3. Lebron James
    4. Carmelo Anthony
    5. Dwight Howard

  • Smitty313

    Starting five
    Kobe
    Lebron
    Dwight Howard
    Amare
    Chris Paul

    Deron Williams
    Melo- if he plays some d we know u could score.
    Wade if his knee is good
    Chandler
    Mike Miller- he’s not a star but we need a shooter
    Paul Pierce – didn’t even know he was part of the program
    Kevin Durant – we need somone who’s just happy to be there

  • Celts Fan

    Big PGs are the norm in the Olympics/Int’l ball and last I checked, JKidd was pretty damn good last summer and has lost all of, that’s right, ZERO games in his international career. He HAS to be in, just make sure he doesn’t hit no ladies…

    The team (with starters first, then no order):

    PGs Kidd, Deron (who could play either guard spot) Chauncey (who could play either guard spot)
    SGs: Kobe, Joe Johnson (versatile as hell. he could play the 1-3) and you could run Chauncey at the 2 sometimes too
    SFs: LeBron, Melo (who I’d start at the 4 in the Int’l game,) Tayshaun (who could play the 4 some too in Int’l ball)
    PFs: Melo, Bosh, Amare
    Cs: Dwight, could play Amare here too

    I know this is very weird. I left off DWade and CP3 for size/health issues even though I’d put both in the top 10 in the NBA. We need big guards that can shoot and defend in the Olympics, because that’s what other teams have and that’s why we’ve lost in some previous Int’l tournaments. Neither does that well, so despite liking them both, they’d be at home on my team.

    Now go ahead and rip me leaving them off, I know it’s coming and I probably deserve it, I just can’t think of anyone on this team I wouldn’t rather have FOR THE OLYMPICS AND INT’L RULES.

    also, JJ Redick seems like one of those, complete joke in the NBA but could RUN SHIT in the Olympics. It’s a shame he’s not Canadian or something. Oh well…

  • Dave

    fallinup….I realize he can score and is an incredibly talented player but Melo in my opinion is someone who the team wouldn’t miss and personally I would really rather watch someone else represent our country….it’s not like Lebron or Kobe or a half dozen other players couldn’t make up for his scoring while adding positive chemistry and some defense. I don’t have the stats in front of me but I imagine his fg% wasn’t that great but that he just took more shots…..I could be wrong but I doubt it.

  • Celts Fan

    Dave, Melo was a PERFECT international 4.

  • http://mikenaretta.wordpress.com Mike

    PG – Chris Paul
    SG – Kobe Bryant
    SF – Lebron James
    PF – Amare Stoudamire
    C – Dwight Howard

    Bench:
    Tyson Chandler
    Shane Battier (replace with Prince if Shane is injured)
    Deron Williams
    Mike Miller (you could go Mike Redd here if you prefer)
    Carlos Boozer (unless you can get KG)
    Joe Johnson (you could switch him out for Shawn Marion, Melo, or Durant and I’d probably be okay)
    Chris Bosh (I’d rather have more bigs than wing players)

    Left off the team:
    Dwyane Wade – He’s injured
    Elton Brand – He’s injured (isn’t he?)
    Jason Kidd – Too old and ineffective (see: Mavericks playoff performance 2008)
    Greg Oden – He’s still working his way back from injury
    Paul Pierce – He’s a really good player, but he only shows up on offense and he can’t outscore Kobe or LeBron. So he is left off (Also, I have a huge anti-Boston bias).
    Gilbert Arenas – I think he’s still injured. Also, we don’t need a PG who only scores.
    Others – not good enough to play for the team.

  • http://mikenaretta.wordpress.com Mike

    Ooh, can I dump Boozer from the bench and add Josh Smith instead?

  • Meica

    Well, I think we can all agree on whom not to pick. Geesh, there’s some mediocre players on that roster.

    PG: Chris Paul
    SG: Kobe (duh)
    SF: Lebron (also duh)
    PF: Chris Bosh
    C: Dwight Howard

    Other than that you definitely want Deron Williams, Dwayne Wade, Joe Johnson.

  • nick

    kidd
    kobe
    lebron
    melo
    d-12

    cp3
    joe johnson
    marion
    bosh
    amare

    final two: deron and chandler.

    wade would make it if his injury was known to be healed. since the team is not having tryouts you cannot know this.

  • http://Gee2.com GEE…Yall call that the shake, that’s the AL B.

    Starters:
    Deron
    Kobe
    LeBron
    Amare
    Dwight

    Bench:
    Chauncy
    Chris
    Wade
    Mike Miller
    Pierce
    Shawn
    Bosh

    Guard heavy, can rotate my bigs and will run a lot.

  • bill

    PG CJ Bruton
    SG Brad Newley
    SF Matthew Neilson
    PF David Andersen
    C Andrew Bogut

    Bench
    Patrick Mills
    Nathan Jawai
    Joe Ingles
    Chris Anstey
    Andrew Ogilvy
    Shawn Redhage
    Mark Worthington

  • doc

    Bill yall gonna get yall ass whipped out there.

  • johnsacrimoni

    Kidd
    Kobe
    Carmelo
    LeBron
    Howard

    D-Will
    Chauncey
    Redd
    M Miller
    Jamison
    Boozer
    Bosh

  • BlazeMcHerbs

    PG – Chris Paul, backup D.Williams – The kids have shown that they’re the truth and future NOW. Kidd has faded, hard, he wont bring in the same performance this go round.

    SG – Kobe Bryant, back up Joe Johnson (heard D.Wade wont make it this year…), those 3 names are the 3 best SGs in the league, fuck Ginobli…

    SF – Lebron, back up Melo. no explanation required

    PF – Amare, back up Bosh. no explanation required.

    C – Dwight, back up Greg Oden. Yeah, its Oden’s turn, a 7 foot old skool center, he’ll defend and board from the get go, and his offense is only gonna get better. we dont need Boozer disapearing on us.

    Bench : Prince, Miller and Redd. Redd only makes it because D.Wade cant, so he’s off after this time.

  • eyeused2b

    In no particular order:

    1. Kobe Bryant
    2. Jason Kidd
    3. LeBron James
    4. Chris Paul
    5. Deron Williams
    6. Mike Miller
    7. Michael Redd
    8. Dwight Howard
    9. Chris Bosh
    10. Tyson Chandler
    11. Tayshaun Prince
    12. Carmelo Anthony

  • IGP

    How come Josh Smith hasn’t gotten any team USA mention?

  • James

    Melo
    Boozer
    Kobe
    Chandler
    Howard
    James
    Johnson
    Miller
    Oden
    Paul
    Williams
    Pierce

  • DaPro

    No way you leave JKidd off the Olympic squad, he thrives in International ball

    He’ll get everyone the looks the need and no one leads a break better than Kidd

    Kidd
    Kobe
    Bron
    Melo
    Howard

    CP3, Williams, Bosh, Redd(shooter), Amare, Matrix, Joe Johnson

    I want Wade healthy for next season so I’m leaving him off

  • Krayzie

    Chris Paul
    Kobe Bryant
    LeBron James
    Amare Stoudemire
    Dwight Howard

    Dwyane Wade
    Deron Williams
    Shane Battier
    Shawn Marion
    Tyson Chandler

    Mike Miller
    Jason Kidd

  • Krayzie

    Chris Paul
    Kobe Bryant
    LeBron James
    Amare Stoudemire
    Dwight Howard

    Dwyane Wade
    Deron Williams
    Shane Battier
    Shawn Marion
    Tyson Chandler

    Mike Miller
    Jason Kidd

  • srb

    If only we had 12 of Paul Pierce..

  • Nick

    Kobe
    LeBron
    Chris Paul
    Dwight Howard
    Amare
    Chauncey Billups
    Chris Bosh
    Shawn Marion
    Carlos Boozer
    Deron Williams
    Paul Pierce
    Bruce Bowen

    Plain and Simple

  • Kooley High

    Carmelo Anthony – Melo is a beast in the international game…his game is built for it.

    Carlos Boozer – A better fit for the team, he can score in the paint, rebounds and played for Coach K.

    Michael Redd – He can shoot.

    Kobe Bryant – Whether or not Bean takes home a ring…he’s not gonna lose to the rest of the world. Its just not gonna happen…he played inspired consistent hard D last summer…that doesn’t happen alot with him.

    Tyson Chandler – You got some shot blocking, rebounding, fouls and some dunks out of him. No doubt he’s gonna be looking for CP3′s lob pass.

    Dwight Howard – He’s absolutely freaky. No matter what anyone can say, no one overseas has seen anything like Mr. Howard.

    LeBron James – Hey this guys gotta win something. His pro team can’t get it right but no one can stop will Lebron in Beijing.

    Jason Kidd – I hope J-Kidd plays in the 2010 World Games, who cares if he won’t be able to play any D, watchin him throw alley-oops to Lebron last summer was good enough to make the team for me.

    (side note: Anyone wonder why J-Kidd didn’t want to go to Cleveland instead of Dallas? Why no one even mentioned Cleveland being in the running for J-Kidd? I know Cubes has bucks but Dirk and Josh Howard over Lebron? wtf?)

    Greg Oden – If he is ready for contact play, Oden will be a beast. He’s smart and he looks like the type of kid who will soak up everything about the game from his teammates.

    Chris Paul – Duh. The best point on the planet. He plays D! Legit on ball D.

    Dwyane Wade – He’ll remind everyone this summer that he is D-Wade. Plus he doesn’t mind coming off the bench.

    Deron Williams – First he’ll win a gold medal…then he’ll want to go east to win some rings.

    Starting Five

    C – Dwight Howard
    PF – Carmelo Anthony
    SF – Lebron James
    SG – Kobe Bryant
    PG – J-Kidd

    Bench

    Greg Oden
    Tyson Chandler
    Carlos Boozer
    Michael Redd
    Dwayne Wade
    Deron Williams
    Chris Paul

  • Yoooo

    And dumbass who leaves Kidd off needs a peebath. What’s wrong with you young boys? You gonna leave off a guy who has won EVERY game he’s ever played in international competition??? A guy who has shown to be a glue??? Some of you need reality checks for real.

    And who would make an argument against having Kobe on any team??? No team is better without Kobe. It’s impossible.

  • Celts Fan

    @IGP, Josh hasn’t gotten any Olympic love cuz he’s just not good enough. Dude’s an amazing NBA player, but he can’t shoot worth a damn, and that’s absolutely vital in the Olympics (you can get away w/ a center and possibly a big PG thta can’t shoot, but you better be able to drain a jumper at every other position.) Watch what happens to Matrix, he won’t make it iether. Those are the type of guys that are VITAL to NBA teams and completely out of place in the Olympics. Not a bad thought for down the road if he keeps developing that jumper, but not right now, not just yet…

    @Kooley, what could the Cavs have given up for JKidd? Nothing that woulda been enough to get him. Kidd wasn’t an FA, he didn’t CHOOSE shit, he just accepted it. (I know he coulda said he wasn’t gonna go and that’d be that, but that’s different than choosing exactly what team he’s gonna go to.)

  • AY

    how about if you win the nba championship, your team goes to the olympics. If you’ve got international players, swap them out for all-stars; if you’ve got injuries, swap them out for all-stars. You can’t just throw these guys together, practice for 2 weeks and expect to beat guys that’s been playing on the same team since 12.

  • http://psinapticapotheosis.org Amar

    nba owners would never go for that, say after 82 games + playoffs then another olympic tournament before the preseason starts?

    who’s going to pay the owners for lost revenue if their stars get injured, and they end up winning 36-45 games the next season?

  • bigpatty

    WOW. he is a humor guy,many friends like to chat with him online on tall dating site ___T a l l m i n g l e . c o m___,He often told us some funny jokes. Seems he is famous on that site,especially some hot models talk with him positively.

  • http://dimemag.com Austin Burton

    While the NBA champs would be too worn out to turn around and play in the Olympics, what about a team that got knocked out in the first round? Would a team like, say, the Nuggets or the Mavs (replace Dirk with Bosh) with some rest be better equipped for international play than a squad of thrown-together All-Stars? Just throwing it out there…

  • http://karanmadhok.blogspot.com karan

    starters

    pg: paul
    sg: wade
    sf: kobe
    pf: bosh
    c: amare

    bench

    guards: billups, williams, james
    forwards: anthony, brand
    c: dwight, oden

  • White Snoop

    Starting 5:
    PG-Kidd
    SG-Kobe
    SF-LBJ
    PF-Melo
    C-Dwight
    Backups: Battier, Bowen, Chandler, CP3, Redd, Amare, D-Will

    Though, I am not sure why to use 3PGs, Maybe cut Deron and take Boozer instead…

  • Luigii

    Gil Kobe Lebron Amare Dwight

  • KBY

    Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Tyson Chandler, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Paul Pierce, Tayshaun Prince, Amare Stoudemire, Dwyane Wade

  • http://nba.com Nerok

    Jason Kidd
    Paul Pierce
    Kobe Bryant
    Lebron James
    Dwight Howard

    Chris Paul
    Chris Bosh
    Chauncey Billups
    Mike Miller
    Amare Stoudemire
    Carmelo Anthony
    Deron Williams

  • Nate Dogg

    If we are going with the best players in the NBA then,
    Starters:
    PG – Chris Paul
    SG – Kobe Bryant
    SF – Lebron James
    PF – Amare Stoudemire
    C – Dwight Howard

    Bench: (in order of best players)
    SG – Dwayne Wade
    SF – Carmelo Anthony

    Other notable top players in the NBA: Gilbert Arenas, Tracy McGrady, Shaq, KG, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Vince Carter, Chris Bosh, Michael Redd,
    There are so many good players in the NBA that if they don’t win this year by like 20 every game I’m going to get pissed. Put Jordan, Bill Russell, Shaq, Tim Duncan, some good ass point guard and they will win. Dude Kobe and Lebron alone should be able to win it all. They got Carmelo and Dwade on the bench behind them. Wow that bench should be the best ever. They said they couldn’t make enough jumpshots or threes when they lost last time. Why don’t think just drive it every single time. No one can stop Chris Paul’s penitration. And Lebron and kobe and dwade and melo and gilbert can hit threes and they all should be able to lock it down defensively. dwight howard blocks eveyrthing. they should get kg tho. and paul pierce too. damn they should kill every team. no question.

  • igotxx3

    wade over joe johnson thats rediculous look what joe johnson did for his team this year. Hawks deserve some national attention.

  • PDG

    Just send the Celtics.

  • Marques

    1. Kobe Bryant
    2. Jason Kidd
    3. LeBron James
    4. Chris Paul
    5. Deron Williams
    6. Mike Miller
    7. Michael Redd
    8. Dwight Howard
    9. Chris Bosh
    10. Tyson Chandler
    11. ALLEN IVERSON!!!!!
    12. Carmelo Anthony

  • Steve

    STARTERS

    PG-Chris Paul
    SG-Kobe Bryant
    SF-LeBron James
    PF-Amare Stoudemire
    C-Dwight Howard

    BENCH
    G-Dwayne Wade
    F-Paul Pierce
    G-Deron Williams
    F-Chris Bosh
    F-Carmelo Anthony
    F-Elton Brand
    G-Gilbert Arenas (when healthy)

    Preferably I would have Duncan, Garnett, Iverson, and McGrady instead of Bosh, Brand, Arenas, and Williams though.

  • Mr. B

    just go with the all nba first team (kobe, cp3, lebron, garnett, and dwight

    reserves: iverson, kidd, wade, mcgrady, anthony, amare, duncan

  • Red08

    CP can’t shoot outside. Williams over Paul starting to keep the lane open.

    DWill
    Kobe
    LBJ
    KG
    Howard

    Bench

    Wade
    Pierce
    Bosh
    Arenas
    Prince
    Joe Johnson
    Amare

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