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Old 08-20-2006, 04:52 PM   #1
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Default Compare the 2003 and 2004 USA Basketball Rosters

both of them used Larry Brown and Greg Popovich:

2003:
2003 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Team Roster



NAME POS HGT WGT AGE AFFILIATION/SCHOOL
Ray Allen G 6-5 205 28 Seattle SuperSonics / Connecticut '96
Mike Bibby G 6-1 190 25 Sacramento Kings / Arizona '98
Elton Brand F 6-8 265 24 Los Angeles Clippers / Duke '99
Vince Carter G/F 6-6 225 26 Toronto Raptors / North Carolina '98
Nick Collison F/C 6-9 250 23 Seattle SuperSonics/Kansas '03
Tim Duncan C 6-11 248 27 San Antonio Spurs/ Wake Forest '97
Allen Iverson G 6-0 165 28 Philadelphia 76ers / Georgetown '96
Richard Jefferson F 6-7 222 23 New Jersey Nets / arizona '01
Jason Kidd G 6- 4 212 30 New Jersey Nets / California '94
Kenyon Martin F 6-9 234 25 New Jersey Nets / Cincinnati '00
Tracy McGrady G 6-8 210 24 Orlando magic / Mount zion Christian Academy '97
Jermaine O'Neal F/C 6-11 242 24 Indiana Pacers / Eau Claire H.S. '97


2004 USA Men's Olympic Games Roster



NAME POS HGT WGT AGE AFFILIATION (SCHOOL) HOMETOWN
Carmelo Anthony F 6-8 229 20 Denver Nuggets (Syracuse) Denver, CO
Carlos Boozer F 6-9 258 22 Utah Jazz (Duke) Bratenahl, OH
Tim Duncan C 7-0 248 28 San antonio Spurs (Wake Forest) San Antonio, TX
Allen Iverson G 6-0 165 29 Philadelphia 76ers (Georgetown) Villanova, PA
LeBron James G 6-8 240 19 Cleveland Cavaliers (St. Vincent-St. Mary High School) Cleveland, OH
Richard Jefferson F 6-7 222 24 New Jersey Nets (Arizona) West New York, NJ
Stephon Marbury G 6-2 205 27 New York Knicks (Georgia Tech) Purchase, NY
Shawn Marion F 6-7 215 26 Phoenix Suns (UNLV) Paradise Valley, AZ
Lamar Odom F 6-10 225 24 Los Angeles Lakers (Rhode Island) Miami, FL
Emeka Okafor F 6-10 252 21 Charlotte Bobcats (Connecticut) Houston, TX
Amare Stoudemire F 6-10 245 21 Phoenix Suns (Cypress Creek High School) Phoenix, AZ
Dwyane Wade G 6-4 212 22 Miami Heat (Marquette) Miami, FL



okay TD and Iverson are both on it and you know what they give you. quality minutes and numbers.

the 2003 roster had very good shooters in Ray Allen, Vince Carter, and Mike Bibby. they USA roster also had tremendous ability to break down the zone defense by dribble penetration by Vince Carter, Tmac, and to a lesser extent RJ and Martin.

you also had the unwavering floor general who at the time back in 03 was the consensus #1 PG in the NBA Jason Kidd.

At the time, ELton Brand and Nick Collison were not all stars, but Elton Brand was already playing at a high level and Collison gives you hustle, boards, and blocks.


now look at the 2004 roster:

Stephon Marbury?
Emeka Okafor? unproven college big man wiht a bad back?
Carlos Boozer?
the current tri captains were very talented in their first year and LB may not have used them enough, but you have to understand that these three players have since grown incredibly in the two years since the 04 debacle.

Marion and Stoudemire are the solid wing players on the Suns tema.. which at the time had not began playing with steve nash yet.. but they are so dynamic that they had trouble adjusting to LB's system.

and no shooters? tsk tsk


disregard what the media and ESPN said, the 04 Olympics WAS a B-list roster.
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Old 08-20-2006, 04:55 PM   #2
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Easy,the 2003 roster had players who can hit the midrange J and the 3 ball. They also had dominant forces down low like Brand and Duncan. They had players who simply just loved playing not ego-maniacs who wanted minutes to show off instead of winning.
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The 2003 roster was way better IMO.
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the 04 cancelees.

Vince Carter had a baby that year
Ray Allen was getting married that year
Jason Kidd had a knee injury
TMac had back injuries.
JOneal did not feel like going.
Bibby was injured i think?
Collison had a terrible year.
Brand didnt feel like going.
KMart was having the contract issues in NJ.
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Don't forget Kobe's drama.
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we would have been undefeated in 04..
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