Originally Posted by Grinder
Group B is the toughest IMO.
Italy is missing a lot of key players because of injury - Bargnani, Gallinari, Hackett, and Mancinelli. Additionally, there's the problem of Belinelli thinking he's Kobe and chucking every time he touches the ball when he suits up for the Azzuri. They have talent but I'm not sure they make it out of their group unless they start clicking.
Those previous Italian teams with Basile, Galanda, and Bulleri playe so much better as a team and actually performed to their potential.
Sweden has been unlucky though.
They could have had a starting line up that would look like this;
PG: Rudy Mbemba
Rudy Mbemba was a basketball prodigy who definitely would be drafted in 2010 if the idiot wouldn't have pulled out of the draft thanks to the advice of his agent. He then fell of the charts big time and he ended up in Sweden and now he's not playing at all, he's taking time off basketball.
Markota was a swedish basketball product with Croatian origins and he left Sweden to play ball in Croatia and he obviously wanted to play for Croatia rather than for Sweden.
Lampe played for the same team as Markota in Sweden and he later chose Poland over Sweden. Sweden actually had an honest shot with Lampe but it didn't work out.
With an intelligent Mbemba, swedish Markota and Lampe and obviously Taylor and Jerebko Sweden would be a top team in Europe.