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05-24-2007, 12:01 PM
College stars Oden, Durant join NBA stars on US team

Agence France-Presse
Last updated 07:57am (Mla time) 05/24/2007

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- US college stars Greg Oden and Kevin Durant will be playing against National Basketball Association rivals before they join NBA clubs after being named on Wednesday in the US national squad.

Jerry Colangelo, managing director of the US lineup of NBA stars that will try to win Olympic gold next year at Beijing, named eight new players to the US lineup that could play here in August's Tournament of the Americas.

But Miami's Dwyane Wade and Washington playmaker Gilbert Arenas were among seven NBA standouts that will be not be available for the Olympic qualifier.

Reigning Olympic champions Argentina and the US team, third in 2004 at Athens, are among 10 teams from the region trying to claim one of two available berths for the Beijing Games in the event, set for August 22-September 2.

Oden and Durant, likely to be the top picks in June's NBA Draft, are joined by New Jersey's Jason Kidd, Utah's Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams, Memphis' Mike Miller, New Orleans' Tyson Chandler and Detroit's Tayshaun Prince.

"We decided to add a couple of bigs for their rebounding and shot-blocking abilities," Colangelo said. "We also decided to add some leadership in the backcourt and some shooters."

The US team will need the extra help since Wade, Arenas, Boston captain Paul Pierce and Chris Paul of New Orleans will be unavailable. Also absent will be Atlanta's Joe Johnson, Sacramento's Brad Miller and Lamar Odom of the Los Angeles Lakers.

"One of the reasons for forming and selecting a national team is so you have flexibility," Colangelo said. "It takes into account the fact that you may have injuries, there may be special circumstances where a player can't perform, but yet you have other players to pull from."

Oden, a 19-year-old 7-footer who led Ohio State to the US college finals, averaged 15.7 points and 9.6 rebounds a game while Texas star Durant, 19, was the only US collegian in the top 10 among scorers and rebounders.

One year from now, when the US Olympic squad will be set, Durant and Oden could be the hot young stars of the NBA.

"Greg Oden and Kevin Durant represent the class of this season's college ranks and are certainly players we have great interest in, both for the present and for future USA Basketball teams," Colangelo said.

USA Basketball also announced the team would stage a training camp here from July 20-22, ending with an inter-squad exhibition game that will be Oden and Durant's first test against such NBA talent as Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

James, Wade and Carmelo Anthony were US captains last year in Japan when the US squad finished third in the world championships, losing to runner-up Greece in the final. Spain won the crown and an automatic berth in the 2008 Olympics.

08-21-2007, 12:27 PM
NBA stars set to begin bid for Beijing Olympic berth

Agence France Presse

LAS VEGAS, Nevada - US National Basketball Association stars will try to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics starting here Wednesday at the 10-team FIBA Americas regional qualifier to decide two berths for China.

The host Americans will be overwhelming favorites to reach the final and seal a spot in Beijing against Caribbean and North and South American rivals - including defending Olympic champion Argentina.

"There's a lot of work to be done. It's a long road ahead," US guard and NBA scoring champion Kobe Bryant said. "There are a lot of competitive teams out there and they are going to be ready to play.

"We have to work hard and try to get ourselves in the best possible condition to win the games. We have to be ready. We will be ready."

The US men have been humbled in recent events, settling for sixth at the 2002 world championships, third at the 2004 Athens Olympics and third in Japan at last year's worlds, where champion Spain secured a berth for Beijing.

"I think we are all anxious, so with that, we're all excited," US veteran guard Jason Kidd said. "We just want to get better. But with getting better, we don't have much time, so we have to take every day serious.

"We're all out here competing and working together. That's the big thing."

All teams face a gauntlet of eight round-robin games over nine days to determine four semi-finalists who play September 1 to determine which clubs qualify for Beijing.

The two semi-final losers, plus the fifth-place team, qualify for a pre-Olympic tournament next July that will decide the final three spots in the Olympic field, but no club wants to wait that late to book a date at Beijing.

The US squad opens Wednesday against Venezuela, the original host of this event before it was moved to the US gambling mecca where the American squad has conducted its training camps.

Also in Group B for the Americans in the first round are Brazil, Canada and the US Virgin Islands. Group A round-robin teams are Argentina, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Panama and Uruguay.

"We know it's the real deal now. We have to prepare ourselves to get ready to play," said US star LeBron James, who led Cleveland to last season's NBA Finals where the Cavaliers were swept by San Antonio.

The US roster includes Bryant, James, Kidd, Carmelo Anthony, Deron Williams, Amare Stoudemire, rookie Kevin Durant, Chauncey Billups, Tayshaun Prince, Tyson Chandler, Dwight Howard, Nick Collison, Mike Miller, J.J. Redick and Michael Redd.

"It's a pretty good team," James said. "We have a core of young guys and experienced guys, guys who can run the floor, guys who can pass and make plays and guys who can shoot. I'm really excited about this team."

Bryant has been pleased with how well the players have come together in workouts.

"Every thing we are doing we are doing with a purpose. I think we built a lot of rhythm and chemistry. We want to continue to get better," Bryant said. "I thought we just clicked instantly so that was very encouraging."

US coach Mike Krzyzewski is happy to have Bryant on the team after he missed joining last year's world squad.

"Kobe is as good a player as there is on the planet and he's a team oriented player," said "Coach K". "He's just as good defensively as he is offensively. That's a nice thing to have."

08-21-2007, 10:10 PM
Kevin Durant, Nick Collison dropped from U.S. roster for Olympic qualifier

Final roster consists of:
Carmelo Anthony
Chauncey Billups
Kobe Bryant
Tyson Chandler
Dwight Howard
LeBron James
Jason Kidd
Mike Miller
Tayshaun Prince
Michael Redd
Amare Stoudemire
Deron Williams

08-22-2007, 01:19 PM
^^^ May dalawang nadagdag na shooter, gumanda naman kaya ang depensa?

Alam ko magaling sa depensa sina Kobe, Amare at Dwight Howard, pero kumusta naman ang kanilang depensa bilang isang buong koponan?

Sana naman hindi lang puro pukol mula sa tres ang gawin ng Team USA. Kapag sona ng katapat nila at inalat ang tira nila goodbye na naman sila.

08-22-2007, 02:25 PM
just 3 big men? mukhang prince will play the 4-spot....

10-24-2007, 10:45 AM
Howard: Team USA out to win gold in Beijing
By Bill Velasco
Wednesday, October 24, 2007

MACAU – Team USA starting center Dwight Howard says it no longer matters who the opponent is in the Beijing Olympics. Team USA is playing to win.

In an exclusive interview with The STAR, Howard said that Team USA had addressed the minor problems that it saw in the FIBA Americas tournament, particularly against Argentina, the only team they weren’t able to blow out of the eliminations. Argentina was playing without its top five players, most notably NBA All-Star Manu Ginobili.

“Our energy was much better, and we became more focused,” Howard told The STAR at the Venetian Arena, site of the NBA China Games in Macau. “The team learned a lot, and we won’t stop until we get our goal.”

The 6’11” center-forward, who is averaging 19.2 points and 9.4 rebounds in the pre-season, said the team chemistry has improved greatly with their exposure in the FIBA-Americas tournament.

“When we’re on our game, it’s no longer about who the opponent is,” said Howard, who entered the draft straight out of high school. “We have the talent, and what’s really good about us is everybody staying healthy.”

The NBA announced that Team USA would play games in Shanghai and Macau prior to the Beijing Olympics, to help the team acclimatize itself to the weather, time difference, and other factors that could affect their play.

“It’s going to be a long summer,” Howard laughed. “And by then, the season hasn’t even started yet!”

The league’s leading rebounder also confided that the Orlando Magic are leaving nothing to chance after their disastrous play-off performance.

“We really can’t forget last season. Being swept in the first round by Detroit left a bad taste in our mouth,” Howard said. “Even with our injuries (to Rashard Lewis and Keyon Dooling), it’s still early. Everybody’s been playing well. We have to take every game seriously.”

Howard also said that he’s been dying to go back to the Philippines since visiting for NBA Madness two years ago.

“I’ve been dying to go back since I left,” he confessed. “If I could, I’d be on the first plane to Manila.”

Kid Cubao
10-24-2007, 04:38 PM
the international game has caught up with them. what's certain is that the rest of the world know how to attack the agrressiveness of the US team's tight man-to-man defense; on the other hand, though, team USA gets into trouble when opponents play a tight 2-3 zone.

based on the lineup, two conclusions can be drawn:

1. team USA will beat the zone by outsprinting the defense.
2. Team USA will dare opponents to zone them because they now have michael redd ;D

10-25-2007, 06:12 PM
i still wish tim duncan will reconsider his stance on not playing for team usa. him, jkidd and kobe will surely lay down some tough defense for whatever offensive schemes that is to be hatched.

and being two-way players, team usa is not at a disadvantage in their offensive set.