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Old 06-30-2008, 11:26 AM   #16
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Default Re: why no celtics on the USA team?

Basically what every one else has said. KG and Allen didnt want to participate. Obvioulsy KG at least would be on the squad if he anted to but choose to decline
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Old 06-30-2008, 12:26 PM   #17
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Default Re: why no celtics on the USA team?

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They would never participate in it..they need rest so they can repeat next year.If the Celtics big 3 started for the Olympic team they would win gold with CP3 at PG and Howard at C.


I hate the Celtics.
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Old 07-01-2008, 10:10 PM   #18
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Default Re: why no celtics on the USA team?

Very simple explanations:

When Jerry Colangelo began the US National Team process in 2006, he wanted to form a core group of players that were 100% committed to practicing and competing in the 06 Worlds/07 Qualifiers/08 Olympics.

Allen and Garnett both declined invitations. Both of them played on the 2000 Olympic team, and were not willing to committ three more summers. Pierce was named one of the 24+ original core players and accepted, though his position was solely a PR move. Basically, the public attitude was that Pierce was a negative aspect of that disastrous 2002 World Championship team that finished 6th. Jerry Colangelo decided to add him to the core group (in name only) both as a public statement showing that USA Basketball wanted guys who played hard like Pierce, and as a personal redemption for Paul himself.

Kendrick Perkins and Rajon Rondo were both invited to the USA Select team comprised of up-and-coming NBA players in order to scrimmage against the Senior National Team.
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Old 07-01-2008, 11:54 PM   #20
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They aren't patriotic.
what a moron
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Old 07-02-2008, 01:06 AM   #21
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Apple Nadder what the **** are you talking about? In name only? If Pierce didn`t have offseason surgery back in 05-06, he most likely would be on the team right now.
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