Brown is so gangsta.
It seems Melo, Booz, Flash & LBJ are all holding strong feelings about the 2004 Olympics...would any of these guys agree to come play for Brown? I know Mek re-signed, but he was a rook straight out of college and he's always been pretty cerebral.
We probably never had a shot at any save Booz anyway.
"We had a meeting and they were like three to five minutes late," Anthony said. "Coach Brown said they couldn't play. We were kind of shocked. A.I. can't play. Amare can't play. LeBron can't play. We thought it was hurting our team. So to start off like that, you could say it carried over."
The players, most notably Anthony, didn't see eye to eye with Brown. Stoudemire and James played sparingly, while Anthony was in Brown's doghouse and seemed glued to the bench and engaged in a war of words that continued after Athens. James was even benched one game after Brown thought he showboated following a dunk.
"Not being able to go out there as an individual really hurt me more than anything at that time because I knew I could do some things to help our team win," said James, who averaged 5.4 points.
Wade, who averaged 7.3 points as a reserve, has been anxiously awaiting a chance at redemption.
"We've talked about it for four years. It's been a long four years," he said. "And now, thank God, the time has come where we can do something about it.
"Melo talks about it more than everybody. He was really hurt by what happened over there and the way he was perceived. He really wasn't able to help the team at all. He really wanted to help the team. I know that he really wants to win just as much as anyone else."
Hope Resurrected: "I think I can bring an attitude to a team as far as, ‘All right, no matter what, we are not losing this game'." - Kemba Walker
"Its okay to be bad; just so long as you're bad ass." - Keetch
Brown is so gangsta.
SOMEONE will pay for THIS!
...if that taught them the importance of being on time for everything and leading by example? I am fans of all these guys but I wonder if they have been late to any of Coach K's practices? Coach Brown and team USA may have suffered for that decision in 2004 but maybe it helped form them to the stars they are today.?.?.?
What's funny to me as that people act like those guys as rookies were/are equivalent to what they are now. That roster was flawed as well as the selection process. But fortunately for US basketball, it set the tone for the system of team development that currently is in place.
The Dream Team marked an end to the time when the college players represented the USA. Now the "so called" Pro's are sent out to defend our Gold. Even though they had Jordan and blew every out by 50, They still played as a team. Last couple yrs we have been missing the team part of things. I think this group is finally a team again. Might not blow eveyone out by 50 but I like the way USA basketball has been looking.
They still have holes imo. If they win it's because they just have more talent then everyone else. I think the squad they had last year was a better team than the one they've put together for this run and that kind of sucks considering this is the year they have been building towards.
I think we have a better group of players every Olympic's. It's a different game over sea's then the NBA players. THey play zone, You can hit the ball when it's still on the rim, No 3sec rule, stuff like that might be hard to adkust to when you've never play'd that way. USA brought in Oversea's rules experts to work with the team this time. This has a couple people i wouldn't have picked but i still thinks it's the best team we've had in a few yrs. U have some old vets with the new stars and they all seem to have a new purpose while playin. We want to win gold this time and if they don't maybe we should go back to the college players, Atleast they play with some hunger