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Old 07-15-2006, 12:31 PM   #16
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I'm sorry, but this is just killing me right now

I have no words at this moment
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Old 07-15-2006, 12:32 PM   #17
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Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant will not participate in the USA Basketball Senior National Team's training camp that begins Wednesday in Las Vegas because he had minor surgery on his right knee Friday.

Bryant, who has yearned to represent the United States in the Olympics, won't miss out on his opportunity. He will remain a member of the Olympic team and still is expected to attend the team's training camp and pre-World Championship tour, a spokesperson for USA Basketball said.

Bryant had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee for what was described as a "minor treatment" of a cartilage and removal of scar tissue.

He is expected to be sidelined eight to 12 weeks while recovering. That could take Bryant right up to the start of Lakers training camp on Oct. 2, meaning he might not be 100 percent healthy.

USA Basketball said Bryant, one of the stars who has committed to help the United States win the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, will have limited "basketball participation" with the team while he recovers from surgery.

"We trust that Kobe will have a total and speedy recover, and we are pleased that he expressed a willingness to remain as involved with our team as possible through this process," Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball Senior National Team managing director, said in a statement issued by USA Basketball. "Kobe being with the team will add to our team chemistry, and his presence will help provide valuable off-court leadership."

Bryant, who had surgery on his knee in the summer of 2003, became the second Laker this week who backed out of the USA Basketball training camp.

Lamar Odom pulled out because of the death of his infant son, Jayden, June 29 in New York of an apparent suffocation while he slept in his crib.

Boston's Paul Pierce and Orlando's J. J. Redick, both of whom had been selected along with 24 other players to try out for the team, won't participate either.

Bryant, who led the Lakers to the first round of the Western Conference playoffs this past season, was prepared to commit to the USA team from 2006 to 2008, the year the Olympics take place in China.

Bryant has said in the past he didn't like the United States winning just a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics. Bryant has said that he wanted to put USA basketball back on top.

"It's a honor," Bryant said when he was selected to the Olympic team. "We get the chance to play for our country. There are a lot of troops out there who go out and represent our country and fight for our freedom. We as basketball players, this is what we do. It's an opportunity for us to go out there and show the world that we are No. 1 in basketball"

The USA team will train from Wednesday through July 25 in Las Vegas. It will play in the five-team World Basketball Challenge in Seoul, South Korea, Aug, 11-15. The U. S. team will also play preliminary-round games in the 2006 FIBA World Championships in Sapporo, Japan, Aug. 19-24.
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Old 07-15-2006, 12:34 PM   #18
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And in other news, one of my worst nightmares is rapidly becoming realized as yet another roster spot has been made open for Carmelo Anthony...

I say pay Redd an ass-load of money to get him to delay that wedding until after the world championships. This truly is the teams last hope.
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Old 07-15-2006, 12:38 PM   #19
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yeah this might just change the results of the usa olympic team, argentina is the team to beat remember
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Old 07-15-2006, 12:41 PM   #20
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Good lord this is an absolute disaster

So far, the people dropping out/not participating due to whatever reasons are:

Paul Pierce
JJ Redick
Michael Redd
Chauncey Billups
Kobe Bryant
Amare Stoudemire
Lamar Odom


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Old 07-15-2006, 12:55 PM   #21
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I wasn't really following the FIBA World Championships or whatever. So how the team does there determines there seeding in the Olympics?
I still think even w/out all those players Lebron + Wade should be able to get them first place. Besides they brought Bowen in to stop Manu so Argentina's best player will be ineffective...or so it seems.
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Old 07-15-2006, 12:58 PM   #22
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Besides they brought Bowen in to stop Manu so Argentina's best player will be ineffective...or so it seems.

BOwen won't even make the final roster most likely. Anyways, individual defense is less important since the Argentinians play a complete team game. Even if Bowen shuts down Manu, the other players can pick up the slack. We need complete team defense to beat them
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Old 07-15-2006, 01:01 PM   #23
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BOwen won't even make the final roster most likely. Anyways, individual defense is less important since the Argentinians play a complete team game. Even if Bowen shuts down Manu, the other players can pick up the slack. We need complete team defense to beat them

still I think the main reason the USA teams have been sucking recently is lack of motivation and apathy brought about by the first 3 teams complete success. I think this year there is something to prove in terms of being able to dominate again as before.
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Old 07-15-2006, 03:18 PM   #24
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I wasn't really following the FIBA World Championships or whatever. So how the team does there determines there seeding in the Olympics?
I still think even w/out all those players Lebron + Wade should be able to get them first place. Besides they brought Bowen in to stop Manu so Argentina's best player will be ineffective...or so it seems.

Wade sucked in the olympics. He can't just run into people and get foul calls like he does in the NBA. He has to make jumpshots. Kobe Bryant's game is perfectly fit for the international game. Without him, team USA will lose.
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Old 07-15-2006, 03:22 PM   #25
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I'm actually looking forward to seeing Wade in the Olympics, getting none of the crap calls he gets in the NBA. I mean, if Duncan got treated like **** by FIBA officials, imagine how Dwyane "Phantom" Wade will do.
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Old 07-15-2006, 03:25 PM   #26
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im worried about kobe not being himself again.
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Old 07-15-2006, 03:28 PM   #27
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Good lord this is an absolute disaster

So far, the people dropping out/not participating due to whatever reasons are:

Paul Pierce
JJ Redick
Michael Redd
Chauncey Billups
Kobe Bryant
Amare Stoudemire
Lamar Odom




Who are the big guns left on the team?

All i can think of are lebron and wade. Who else?
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Old 07-15-2006, 03:29 PM   #28
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I'm actually looking forward to seeing Wade in the Olympics, getting none of the crap calls he gets in the NBA. I mean, if Duncan got treated like **** by FIBA officials, imagine how Dwyane "Phantom" Wade will do.

True. I hate when people act like the NBA and FIBA basketball is the same thing. Great NBA doesn't necessarily translate to great FIBA player. In the NBA its a toss up between Kobe, Bron, and Wade. But based on style of play Kobe is clearly the best FIBA player we have.
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Old 07-15-2006, 03:33 PM   #29
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So, Kobe and Wade have been workin out this summer (or at least planned too) ... Is it possible Wade might'a broke him down goin to the hoop, and broke Kobe? Nah ... probably not. But seriously, its only minor, doesn't seem to big a deal. Kobe can afford the best doctors and surgical team anyway, he'll be fine in 2 months.
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Old 07-15-2006, 04:01 PM   #30
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That's too bad, although I'm a "hater" I only want to see him fail on the court, and bear him no ill will off of it. If Coach K copuld have kept him close to the team concept he'd dominate. Wade and Bron ought to cover the loss of Bryant's abilities completely though (IMO they're better than him anyhow) so I'm not worried.

I agree. I want him to fail over and over again on the court, but I want him to be 100% healthy doing it. This is because A. I play ball and have had major injuries (in fact I'm currently recovering from a torn Achilles) so I would never wish for any player to be injured and B. Groupies looooooove excuses and injuries provide them with that. This does, however, end the conflict within me about rooting for Team USA.
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