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.
Basketball fans are hyped that the NBA returned to action yesterday and what better way to be welcomed than this amazing TNT commercial, “NBA Forever”. Derrick Rose giving daps to Michael Jordan?! Dirk going heads up against Larry Bird?! So many classic shots!
Shout outs to whatever agency (I believe it was the work of Goodby & Silverstein) produced this commercial because it’s just an incredible piece of work.
It’s been a little over a week now since the NBA lockout has ended, and already there seems to be more trade rumors floating around than last season when LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony all decided to leave the teams they started their careers with for a better opportunity at winning the ultimate goal: an NBA championship. One of the biggest trade rumors involves two point guards that dislike each other: Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo. There have been trade rumors that involve more players than fingers I have on both hands. But hey, that’s the beauty of sports. Celtics president Danny Ainge has heard enough. In fact, he’s heard so much nonsense over the course of the last two days that he had to squash the rumors himself.
From Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com –
“Rondo will be fine,” Ainge told reporters Thursday morning. “Rondo knows that we love him. He knows that we like him. He’s excited to come back and play basketball; that’s my opinion.”
Now I don’t want to speak for anybody but I can almost guarantee you that Rondo doesn’t want to leave Boston — especially for New Orleans — despite the Big Three consisting of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen are all on their last leg. Rondo started last season as easily the best PG in the league until he battled injuries and the loss of his best friend and former teammate, Kendrick Perkins. Rondo isn’t as good as an overall player as Paul is but, he’s by far the best facilitator in the game.
For all we know Ainge could only be saying that because he knows CP3 doesn’t want to come to Boston and sign a long-term deal due to the that fact that after this season, they’re going to go through a major makeover. There’s no question that right now Rondo makes this team go. Hell, whenever he has a bad game the Celtics lose. Will he ever develop a consistent jumper? Yes, if he practices enough. But I’m not worried about that and neither should Celtics fans. We all know Rondo’s a hard worker.
The reigning MVP and the supposed new “Michael Jordan Era” in Chicago, the Bulls Derrick Rose has taken the world by storm. The fans want more, the city wants more, but the only thing stopping them from seeing more Rose is the lockout. For those who already know, D-Rose has some tats. He’s not a J.R. Smith by any means but slowly, and surely, they’re starting to build up.
In his new Adidas commerical to promote his second shoe — the adiZero Rose 2 — Rose breaks off a Matador in what seems to be a Colosseum, and right when he busts through the red cape, there are his new shoulder tats in plain sight. Despite them being somewhat hidden beneath his sponsored beater, on the left side is says “19″ and the other says “88,” which is obviously his birth year. I don’t know about y’all, but I think it’s pretty dope. It’s a lot different than most tattoos and I don’t think any other player has those — or the room — yet.
What do you guys think?
Hands down, this is the best NBA “From The Future” commercial they’ve put out so far. The Kevin Durant one was pretty awesome too but this Stephen Curry one is just crazy. Anyone else think Steph looks EXACTLY the same as he does now? He even has the same behind the back dribble and jump shot. Sorry for the bootleg video but that’s all I could find I on YouTube for now.
Update – Thanks to DIME for the HQ version.
Dime Magazine gives us the first exclusive look at the NBA’s new TV spot that features their ever so popular bobblehead characters of Rajon Rondo, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, John Wall, and the rest of our favorite NBA stars. Who doesn’t love the Holiday Season?
Google TV is looking to continue to revolutionize their home entertainment system by locking up application agreements with the likes of Turner Broadcasting, NBC Universal, HBO, the NBA, Amazon, Pandora, Napster, Netflix, The New York Times, and USA Today. I’m sure the Google team is pursuing deals with Facebook, Twitter, and other popular apps as well and they’re all most likely on their way to signing up too.
Dime Mag’s AP got the exclusive first look at NBA’s two new Bobblehead TV spots. Pretty funny stuff! The NBA creative team is always on point! Hit the jump for the second commercial.
The 2010 NBA season is going to be a great one! To accomodate for such an exciting up coming season, Adidas laced every team with brand new jerseys in part of their campaign Revolution 30. Check out some of the jersey details below:
Designed and developed by adidas, the uniforms are 30 percent lighter and dry twice as fast as previous NBA uniforms to help enhance player performance by keeping athletes cooler, drier and more comfortable on the court. All 30 NBA teams will wear the new uniforms beginning this season. [...]
The new uniforms, which are made from 60 percent recycled materials, feature adidas’ Formotion technology, which reduces seams, decreases friction between the garment and the player’s skin and optimizes the player’s natural movement through specially constructed material. adidas reduced uniform weight and increased player comfort by switching front and back numbers from heavier, dense materials to breathable mesh. The new uniform absorbs moisture in less than three seconds as a result of adidas CLIMACOOL fabrics, which move heat and sweat away from the body through a combination of moisture management materials, ventilation channels, and three-dimensional garments, helping the uniform dry twice as fast.
Source – BDL
Here’s a perfect recap of all the top highlights from last week’s Orlando Summer League. The Vegas Summer League is currently in session so we expect the NBA to give us a nice video recap from that as well sometime next week. Some of these young kids have some serious BOUNCE!