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2008 is looking like the year for Team USA. Basketball. Although the rest of the world has very formidable foes, this USA basketball team is built the way it should be every year, with the best players in the world. In this years preliminary round, Team USA has pretty much breezed through their schedule, wuch included top 10 international clubs Lithuania and Spain.
Aside from wins and losses, I think this summer is a larger platform of opportunity for a few players. Carmelo Anthony, who happens to be one of my favorite players, has had a bumpy end to a ride of a season that ended in a disappointing lack luster playoffs loss to the Lakers. Not to mention Anthony, was arrested of DUI one night in the middle of the series. The former #3 overall pick has a chance to help restore his image by helping lead Team USA to a gold medal.
Also, perrinial All-Star guard Dwayne Wade is coming off a season cut short by injury has a the opportunity to restore himself on the Mt. Rushmore of our current NBA. Kobe, LeBron, Duncan/Garnett, whatever order you like. Either way Wade is the unsung hero on this team, and can start his campaign early and continue into next season.
Unfortunately for this team, success can only be measured in gold. Funny thing about it is, this team really should no way come home without gold. The one area thos team isn't dominant in is their bigs. Besides Dwight Howard, theirs no other real presence down low. Don't get me wrong, I have no complaints about having both Carmelo and LeBron starting as my forwards.Only thing is we'll are what happens when we,re up against talented Frontcourts, like those in Spain with Pau Gasol and Luis Scola, or Andrew Bogut and Australia.
Reguardless of what other teams lineups consist of, this team built with scorers in James and Wade, shooters in Bryant, Redd and Anthony, and excellent role players in Dwight Howard and Chris Paul and Deron Williams, should easily walk away with zero losses.