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    Re: Summer Olympics Basketball Thread - London 2012

    USA Basketball to announce the Final 12 for the Men's Basketball team that will compete in London 2012 at 7 PM ET on Saturday July 7, 2012 on NBA TV.
    http://www.nba.com/2012/news/07/02/u...how/index.html

    The 16 Finalists
    Deron Williams, G, Brooklyn Nets
    Kevin Love, F/C, Minnesota Timberwolves
    Anthony Davis, F, New Orleans Hornets
    James Harden, G, Oklahoma City Thunder
    Eric Gordon, G, New Orleans Hornets
    Lebron James, F, Miami Heat
    Andre Iguodala, F, Philadelphia 76ers
    Tyson Chandler, C, New York Knicks
    Rudy Gay, F, Memphis Grizzlies
    Blake Griffin, F, Los Angeles Clippers
    Kevin Durant, F, Oklahoma City Thunder
    Carmelo Anthony, F, New York Knicks
    Chris Paul, G, Los Angeles Clippers
    Kobe Bryant, G, Los Angeles Lakers
    Russell Westbrook, G, Oklahoma City Thunder
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    Re: Summer Olympics Basketball Thread - London 2012

    After looking at those 16 finalists, these are my final picks for Jerry Colangelo and Coach K.

    Starting Five
    C: Kevin Love
    PF: Lebron James
    SF: Kevin Durant
    SG: Kobe Bryant
    PG: Chris Paul

    Bench: Deron Williams, Anthony Davis, Andre Iguodala, Rudy Gay, Tyson Chandler, Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook.

    Why? I chose Anthony Davis and Andre Iguodala for their defense especially on the perimeter. Russell Westbrook for his hustle and energy and has international experience. Deron Williams and Carmelo Anthony from the Redeem Team. Tyson Chandler is needed for size and the injuries to the likes of Dwight Howard and Chris Bosh.

    Very tough choice between Rudy Gay, James Harden and Eric Gordon and I can live with either one of the three on the team.

    I left out Blake Griffin because despite being 6'10" and can rebound, he's needs to improve his free throw shooting, jumpers, 1 v. 1 game and his defense. He's only 23 and has lots of time to play for the U.S. team down the road. Unless I see Davis's sprained ankle worsen, Griffin is left out.
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    Re: Summer Olympics Basketball Thread - London 2012

    I agree with your roster and lineups. Definetly agree w/leaving Griffin off the team. Anthony Davis can help the team more. We need a shot blocking defensive presence down low.

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    Re: Summer Olympics Basketball Thread - London 2012

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    I agree with your roster and lineups. Definetly agree w/leaving Griffin off the team. Anthony Davis can help the team more. We need a shot blocking defensive presence down low.
    With Anthony Davis's wingspan, the U.S. has that. Blake Griffin is still very green.

    Like I said, the only tough choice I had is between Rudy Gay, Eric Gordon and James Harden. Gay and Gordon were very good in the 2010 FIBA World Championships in Turkey and can shoot. Harden can flat out shoot as well despite having no experience in the senior U.S. squad.
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    Re: Summer Olympics Basketball Thread - London 2012

    Men's Wild Card Tournament Knockout Stage - Semifinal Final Scores: Saturday July 7, 2012

    From FIBA.com

    Nigeria 7785 Russia

    Lithuania 10983 Dominican Republic

    Russia and Lithuania qualify for London 2012 as semifinal winners. Nigeria vs. Dominican Republic in the third place match to see who gets the final spot.
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    Re: Summer Olympics Basketball Thread - London 2012

    Men's Wild Card Tournament Knockout Stage - Third Place Final Scores: Sunday July 8, 2012

    From FIBA.com

    Nigeria 8873 Dominican Republic
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    Re: Summer Olympics Basketball Thread - London 2012

    Men's Olympic Basketball Tournament Complete Lineup

    Host Nation: Great Britain
    2010 FIBA World Championship: United States
    2011 FIBA Europe Championship: Spain and France
    2011 FIBA Asia Championship: China
    2011 FIBA Oceania Championship: Australia
    2011 FIBA Americas Championship: Argentina and Brazil
    2011 FIBA Africa Championship: Tunisia
    Wild Card Winners: Lithuania, Russia and Nigeria
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    Re: Summer Olympics Basketball Thread - London 2012

    The 2012 US Olympic Men's Basketball Team - London 2012
    http://espn.go.com/olympics/summer/2...er-sources-say

    Guards
    Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
    James Harden, Oklahoma City Thunder
    Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
    Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
    Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets

    Forwards
    Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
    Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
    Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
    Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 76ers
    LeBron James, Miami Heat
    Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Center
    Tyson Chandler, New York Knicks
    After looking at that roster, here are my pros and cons for this team going to London 2012.

    Pros: Speed, players who can play multiple positions (i.e. LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala) and shooters coming off the bench like James Harden.

    Cons: Egos, overconfidence and Blake Griffin's game outside of his explosive athleticism to the rim.

    My keys for the U.S. men: check egos and overconfidence at the door and Griffin needs to shoot 70% from the line and have balance on field goals.
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    Re: Summer Olympics Basketball Thread - London 2012

    Team USA men's team news

    Los Angeles Clippers F Blake Griffin out of the Olympics with knee injury; New Orleans Hornets F Anthony Davis replaces Griffin
    http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/s...-meniscus-tear
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    Re: Summer Olympics Basketball Thread - London 2012

    Totally agree with you Kobe Bryant:
    http://espn.go.com/olympics/summer/2...pt-stupid-idea

    I totally disagree with David Stern's idea of using U-23 teams for future Olympic Basketball tournaments.

    Every NBA player who has a dream of representing their country in the Olympics should go.

    I didn't see Kobe having an Olympic hangover when he won a gold medal with the 'Redeem Team' in Beijing and winning a NBA title in the 2008-09 season.

    Assuming Stern requests an age limit on the Olympic basketball tournament like soccer and the U.S. fails to adapt to that system and win gold medals, then Stern will be calling back for their best pro players to compete in the Olympics again.

    Memo to David J. Stern: KEEP IT THE WAY IT IS!
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    Re: Summer Olympics Basketball Thread - London 2012

    "Losing is not my enemy, fear of losing is my enemy." - Tennis champion Rafael Nadal

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    Re: Summer Olympics Basketball Thread - London 2012

    Women's Preliminary Round Final Scores: Saturday July 28, 2012
    http://www.london2012.fiba.com/pages.../schedule.html

    CHN 66-57 CZE

    CAN 53-58 RUS

    TUR 72-50 ANG

    USA 81-56 CRO

    BRA 58-73 FRA

    AUS 74-58 GBR
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    Re: Summer Olympics Basketball Thread - London 2012

    Men's Preliminary Round Schedule: Sunday July 29, 2012
    http://www.london2012.fiba.com/pages.../schedule.html
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    Re: Summer Olympics Basketball Thread - London 2012

    A good start for the U.S. men's team with a 98-71 victory over France despite France trailing 22-21 after the first quarter.

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant had 22 points and 9 rebounds including 7/7 from the free-throw line as the Americans shot 73.7% from the charity stripe.

    The U.S. defense also neutralized France as the French shot 39.4% from the field including 2/22 from 3-point land.

    San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker had 10 points, but only one assist and had four of France's 18 turnovers.
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    Re: Summer Olympics Basketball Thread - London 2012

    Men's Preliminary Round Final Scores: Sunday July 29, 2012
    http://www.london2012.fiba.com/pages.../schedule.html

    NGA 60-56 TUN

    BRA 75-71 AUS

    USA 98-71 FRA

    ESP 97-81 CHN

    RUS 95-75 GBR

    ARG 102-79 LTU
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    Re: Summer Olympics Basketball Thread - London 2012

    Women's Preliminary Round Schedule: Monday July 30, 2012
    http://www.london2012.fiba.com/pages.../schedule.html
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    Re: Summer Olympics Basketball Thread - London 2012

    Women's Preliminary Round Final Scores: Monday July 30, 2012
    http://www.london2012.fiba.com/pages.../schedule.html

    CRO 58-83 CHN

    CZE 57-61 TUR

    FRA 74-70 (OT) AUS

    RUS 69-59 BRA

    GBR 65-73 CAN

    ANG 38-90 USA
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    Re: Summer Olympics Basketball Thread - London 2012

    Men's Preliminary Round Schedule: July 31, 2012
    http://www.london2012.fiba.com/pages.../schedule.html
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    Re: Summer Olympics Basketball Thread - London 2012

    Men's Preliminary Round Final Scores: Tuesday July 31, 2012
    http://www.london2012.fiba.com/pages.../schedule.html

    CHN 54-73 RUS

    AUS 70-82 ESP

    LTU 72-53 NGA

    GBR 62-67 BRA

    FRA 71-64 ARG

    TUN 63-110 USA
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    Re: Summer Olympics Basketball Thread - London 2012

    Six different American men scored double-digits in Team USA's 110-63 mauling over Tunisia.

    Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony had 16 points each, Kevin Durant had 13, Anthony Davis had 12, Russell Westbrook had 11 and James Harden had 10.
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    Re: Summer Olympics Basketball Thread - London 2012

    Women's Preliminary Round Final Scores: Wednesday August 1, 2012
    http://www.london2012.fiba.com/pages.../schedule.html

    CAN 60-64 FRA

    CHN 76-52 ANG

    AUS 67-61 BRA

    GBR 61-67 RUS

    CRO 70-89 CZE

    USA 89-58 TUR
    Last edited by BroadwayBomber55; 08-02-12 at 12:17 PM.
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    Re: Summer Olympics Basketball Thread - London 2012

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    Six different American men scored double-digits in Team USA's 110-63 mauling over Tunisia.

    Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony had 16 points each, Kevin Durant had 13, Anthony Davis had 12, Russell Westbrook had 11 and James Harden had 10.
    110 - 63...meh they didn't even cover.

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    This is pretty much the most entertaining sporting event I've watched in years.

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