Nike Basketball gives an inside look at the training, commitment, pride and innovation that fuels the 2012 USA Men’s Basketball team. LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Deron Williams, Andre Iguodala, Tyson Chandler, James Harden and Coach Krzyzewski describe the keys to success for this team.
TOUGH! Oklahoma City vs. Miami Heat. The Big Three vs. The Big Three. Kevin Durant vs. LeBron James. Dwyane Wade vs. Russell Westbrook. Who matches up with Chris Bosh? Is it Serge Ibaka or Kendrick Perkins? Who matches up with James Harden? Is it Mario Chalmers or by Mike Miller? Gonna be a good one!
Amar’e, unfortunately, is one of the most injury prone players that we have in the league. He’s gone through two micro-fracture surgeries on his knees, had a bulging disk in his back, and now he has to wear goggles because of a cut he suffered in his eye during a game. And now, after Game 2′s loss Monday night against Miami, Stoudemire injured his hand after hitting the glass case surrounding a fire extinguisher.
From Ian Begley of ESPN New York:
“It wasn’t like I had a closed fist and just punched through the glass,” Stoudemire said on Wednesday. “It was nothing like that. I just walked by, wanted to make some noise, swung my arm, hit the fire extinguisher door and didn’t even realize i was cut at all until Josh Harrellson told me I was cut.
Derrick Rose isn’t exactly having a season that he was hoping to have (given all his injuries), but he’s still putting up MVP-like numbers (22.5 points and 7.9 assists) despite only playing in 37 games. Just announced today via NBCChicago.com, Rose became the first Chicago Bull to grace the cover of GQ Magazine since Michael Jordan (who made his appearance back in ’89). With the issue set to grace newsstands everywhere next week, you can preview some of the article after the jump that features quotes from Rose on Michael Jordan, LeBron James’ decision and President Barack Obama.
TMZ asked the question, Kenyon Martin responded. (When doesn’t he?)
Dwight Howard tried to do everything he could this year to not be ostracized like his pal LeBron James was when he decided to “Take his talents to South Beach.” Well, it looks like Howard has officially failed to do so. It was just yesterday when CBSSports.com revealed information about Dwight possibly wanting his head coach in Stan Van Gundy fired in hopes of bringing in another coach that could help lure an elite player to Orlando to better their chances at winning a championship.
Peyton Manning’s no longer an Indianapolis Colt. Okay, time to move on to the next chapter of your football career. And personally, despite the 12 or so team rumors going around, I think the best place for Peyton would be in Miami. According to ESPN analyst Adam Schefter, he reported that Peyton wants to stay in the AFC. Now, there are plenty of teams he could go to (Denver, Houston and Kansas City, specifically), but he and his family do own a condo in South Florida. Now, I’m not saying that just because he owns some property on Miami Beach that the Dolphins have a bigger chance at signing him — he’ll also look into which team he has the best chance at winning with — but it certainly puts them at the top of the list with their young talent.
Hooking up with Brandon Marshall downfield would be extremely hard to pass on. Lets not forget about the running game with Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas, along with the young, but ever improving, defense.
With Miami’s win over the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday night, LeBron James gave his two cents about the possibility of Manning coming to South Beach and whether he’s open to it.
“I’m just saying,” he told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “Dolphins need a quarterback, and Peyton’s available…I’m a Miami Heat player, and I want Miami sports to be great. The U, the Dolphins, the Marlins, the Heat, of course. Peyton Manning is a great player. No matter what happened this past year, his resume speaks for itself and it would be great to have him down here.”
Peyton’s the kind of guy who doesn’t lollygag and toy with our heads – he’ll let us know his decision within the next week or so. He wants to play, and he wants to get out there and practice and make sure his body is ready to return to football. It’s still only March so there’s a lot of time, but if there’s one thing we know about time, it certainly doesn’t slow down.
Incase you’ve been under a rock these past few days – Blake Griffin MOZGOV’D Kendrick Perkins while LeBron James JUMPED OVER John Lucas III for the alley-oop. Both players are not human. Who’s the better dunker? And for all you dunk enthusiasts out there, enjoy 2 bonus dunks after the jump: LeBron posterizing Bill Walker and Andre Iguodala going off the glass to himself.
Two Superstars, the same shoe deal, but the same team?
It could happen.
The Magic’s four-time Defensive Player of the Year winner wants out of Orlando, which we already know. He’s made that statement public a few times and listed his top destinations as either L.A. (the Lakers, not the Clippers), the Dallas Mavericks or the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets. But what about Chicago?
Sure, they already have the reigning MVP in Derrick Rose — who is a superstar, by the way — but what else? They don’t have another go-to guy but they have a bunch of role players that mesh perfectly and are easily the best defensive team in the entire league right now.
Dwyane Wade passed on the opportunity to come home to Chicago and bring the city another championship in the Post-Jordan era, but he chose to stay in Miami with ‘Bron and Bosh. Carmelo Anthony said he’d love to play for the Bulls, but his heart was really in New York. Rose hasn’t tried to lure in any players because he feels like the team is perfect where their at now, but what happens when you never get passed the 2nd round in the playoffs and you keep getting older, and older, and the team you once felt could win a title is no longer intact?
That’s when you wish you had another superstar right by your side.
Early Wednesday morning, Charles Barkley joined ‘The Waddle & Silvy Show‘ to discuss the Bulls and Heat, Joakim Noah and the possibility of Dwight Howard coming to Chicago:
“You want to play with another great player if you possibly can, but the thing about wanting to be the man, that’s just silly,” Barkley said Wednesday on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “He should want to play with Derrick Rose. That would be a beautiful combination for the city of Chicago.”
Barkley has a real point: Why doesn’t Dwight want to play with Rose? Every big man in the history of the NBA needed a point guard to pass to them. For some crazy reason, there has been speculation that since both stars are sponsored by Adidas, the company doesn’t want both of their players in the same market (Okay? Rose you take Nike and Howard stays with Adidas. There, everyone’s happy. Just get this done).
Barkley, who isn’t exactly the sharpest tack, doesn’t even get these guys:
“I don’t understand what these guys are thinking,” Barkley said. “Him and Derrick Rose would make the Bulls a championship contender for the next 10 years. You just want to play with as many good players or great players as possible. I think him and Derrick Rose would make a fabulous combination. I don’t know what’s going on with [the Howard situation].”
To me, I believe that in Howard’s mind he thinks that if he leaves Orlando he’s going to continue to be “that guy,” but he’s sorely mistaken. The only reason he’s “that guy” with the Magic is because who else do they have? A bunch of 3-point shooters? Yeah, about that ..
If Howard somehow ends up in a Bulls uniform this season, he’ll learn to be second fiddle because you don’t want to fight over shots with the guy who runs the show. Another big problem with Howard is that he continually disappears in big moments of the game because he’s a such a terrible free-throw shooter, which means teams give him the ‘Hack-a-Shaq’ treatment. So if Howard’s smart, he’d grow up and realize that most need help.
Four years ago seems like nearly a decade by the way time flies these days. I was just 19 years old and entering my sophomore year at Indiana University when Team USA’s ‘Redeem Team’ took the gold medal at the ’08 Olympics in Beijing. The ’92 Dream Team is still the hardest team ever assembled with a Starting Five that consisted of Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, and Magic Johnson.
But the ‘Redeem Team’ were no slouches, either.
LeBron James was their best all-around player with Kobe coming in a close second, Dwyane Wade regained his ’06 championship form, and we got a chance to see both Chris Paul and Deron Williams be taken under Jason Kidd’s wing.
The way all that talented meshed together as one was a thing of beauty for a daily hoop-head, especially since most in my generation don’t remember watching the ’92 Olympic games. I grew as Carmelo Anthony grew into The Bully, and he’s since grown into my favorite player ever.
Although only 12 of the best players in the world will be selected to attend the 2012 Olympics in London this year (18 attend practice and try to earn a roster spot), but former ESPN beat writer Chris Sheridan is reporting that they’re planning on bringing in one more heavy hitter for his chance to shine: LaMarcus Aldridge.
The Portland Trail Blazers forward has gained the attention of Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski with his strong start to the season, averaging 22.6 points and 7.8 rebounds for the Blazers (6-2), who are tied with Philadelphia for the NBA’s fourth-best record. The Blazers are coached by Nate McMillan, an assistant under Krzyzewski on the national team staff.
“Everybody has had the number at 18, and everybody had Blake Griffin as the only guy who wasn’t on the ’08 (Olympics) and ’10 (World Championship) teams. But they don’t know about Aldridge,” a source with knowledge of USA Basketball’s plans told SheridanHoops.com.
With Aldridge added, this is what the 19-man roster would look like:
Just by looking at that roster I see growth, more experience, and a better team than the ’08 squad. I don’t see Russell Westbrook knocking D-Will off the list, and as of right now I don’t see Lamar Odom beating out Kevin Love for a spot.
Which players do you think will make the cut? Training camp begins July 5.