As you know, Olympics Games will be held this summer in Peking, China, and the roster of the USA was disclosed yesterday by the manager of this team, namely Jerry Colangelo.
Take a look at this squad: Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets), Carlos Boozer (Utah Jazz), Chris Bosh (Toronto Raptors), Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic), LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers), Jason Kidd (Dallas Mavericks), Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets), Tayshaun Prince (Detroit Pistons), Michael Redd (Milwaukee Bucks), Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), Deron Williams (Utah Jazz).
You can notice that none of the Celtics’ big three will attend this competition. Garnett said a long time ago his time with Team USA was over, and I guess Allen and Pierce are knackered after playing 26 play-offs games in the postseason. They definitely need some rest!
I think you’ll agree with me when I say that at first sight this team looks incredible. There’s a bunch of all-stars (or former all-stars), and physically they’ll be superiors to their opponents.
However, I think this team is unbalanced. There are too much exteriors players, and not enough insides players on this team. Only 3 insides players (Chris Bosh, Carlos Boozer et Dwight Howard) is just ludicrous, with Howard being the only center. What if one of of them gets injured, or is in foul trouble?
Plus, this squad desperately lacks some “role-players”, one who can perform the dirty work. All those guys are used to get the ball all year long in their team, and they ain’t used to work for the team (stuff like setting screens, playing some defense without getting many shots and playing few minutes without bitchin’ about it…).
To be efficient, a basket-ball team must have some sort of chemistry on the court, and the 1st step to get this chemistry is to have a hierarchy inside the team. And when you only have superstars in your own team, please tell me how you get a hierarchy!
The lack of hierarchy was one of the main downsides in Athens ’04, and in Japan two years ago. Team USA hit rock bottom against this Greek team mainly because of it. Every American players wanted to take care of the ball, and be the leader on the court.
I can’t blame them: it’s just what they’re used to do in the regular season with their own team. But it just doesn’t work this way in International competition : you gotta play as a TEAM.
One last thing: I hope this time, Mike Krzyzewski and his staff will scout their opponents!