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  1. jzchen

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    Why is it NBA players rejects the invitation to represent Team USA at the Olympics? International NBA players do not have a problem doing that. Instead they feel it's an honor to represent their respective country at the Olympics. That's the patriotism showed by the International NBA players. Yes, i do agree after such a long and hectic NBA season, players kinda worn out and need a break to spend time with the family but for crying out loud, the Olympics is held once every 4 years. At the '92 Olympics, players from the original Dream Team do not have such problems. Each and everyone of them were so excited to represent Team USA. If i'm not wrong, nobody actually rejected the invitation at that time. Even our own Zeke, was so disappointed that he was not invited to play. If players ever complained about the fatigue factor, take a long look at Bulls MJ and Pippen from the Dream Team. They have just completed their back to back NBA championship that year. And guess what? After the Olympics, Bulls 3 peat the following year. What's wrong with the attitude of NBA players nowadays?
     
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    The Pistons' starting 5 would dominate in the Olympics. It would be fun to take a group of guys that already have set plays, instead of trying to get a bunch of all-stars to not be ball hogs.
     
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    Not a bad idea. How about both the NBA Finalist starting 5 minus the international players for Team USA at the Olympics. Head coach from the NBA Champions and assistant from the runner up. Guaranteed a gold.
     
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    They make too much money for playing a GAME.
     
  5. Abe Froemen

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    should i stay or should i go now

    I thought a ton of guys turned it down last time because of security reasons not feeling safe going where ever it was that was rip and bens reasons i think they even offered a spot to billups but i don’t remember. I would think of it as an honor. I still think we should go back to using college kids someone it would mean more to and at the same time help elevate their game, and possible draft status. The pros would rather sit at home with their butlers and drive around in their Ferraris than go to another country and possibly look bad but that is just my opinion
     
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    I like the idea of going back to college kids too. Let the rest of the world use pros. We can still compete.
     
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    rip and tay have been asked to go, and i think both are interested.
     
  8. Abe Froemen

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    Billups a Candidate

    According to the detnews

    "Jerry Colangelo, head of the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team, told The News he is considering four Pistons for a possible spot on the team that will play in the World Championships this summer and in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
    He has had brief discussions with Hamilton and Prince. He is also interested in talking to Chauncey Billups and Ben Wallace.
    "I have had conversations with Chauncey's agent (AndyMiller)," Colangelo said. "We are interested in a couple of Andy's guys. One of the concerns about Chauncey is that his wife is pregnant and could be having the baby this summer. He may or may not be able to participate because of that."
    Billups had said over the weekend he had not heard from Team USA, but that was because Miller had yet to deliver the message.
    Colangelo is trying to make contact with as many as 35 players.
    He wants to make telephone contact first, then have a face-to-face meeting with each one to determine the strength of his commitment."
     
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    serbian players too started refusing to play for the country...

    many of them have us dollars in their skin so they don't value playing for their nation...
     
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    commercialism > nationalism.

    Good players make more money than most small businesses, what is pride to a CEO of a multimillion dollar enterprise.
     
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    Its not once every 4 years there is something going on every summer. Take Wade for example. After the Finals he gets a month off, plays for team USA this summer and then only gets a few weeks rest until he reports back to NBA training camp. This is one of the factors I am hoping will slow Miami down next season.
     
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    Shaq, Antione, GP, Alonzo and the rest of the gang are not getting any younger too.
     
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    I had an idea a few years ago when players were refusing to go. I think it mainly started when Payton blamed a season plagued season on his international commitment.

    Why not select your team USA from players who did not make the playoffs? Their season ends in April. More than enough talent to choose from and you can have an extra month to practice the team.
     
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    I was dissapointed when all our guys refused to go to Team USA, but it can help us now. Don't want these guys playing major minutes even when they're not playing in the season.
     
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    The Olympics happens once every 4 years, which is similar to the World Cup which is currently held in Germany. Soccer stars make millions too but do they have any problem representing the country? The answer is a big NO NO.

    Soccer players too have to go through qualifying rounds and in addition, friendly games too.

    Yes, I think the current NBA players are getting too big headed. They should go to the Olympics and learn to expand their game knowledge there. Play against zone defenses and learn how to play without 'palming' the ball which NBA players do get away with most of the time. Notice that NBA players 'travels' a lot, especially moving the pivot foot (Shaq, Zo, and Walker).

    What happen to PATRIOTISM?
     
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    I don't know about that. They lost to the Heat.
     
  17. Subtle Savage

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    The US is not the only country that suffers the absense of some of their stars.
    For example, in this World Championship Bodiroga, Jaric, Stojakovic, Krstic and Radmanovic don't play for Serbia, Turkoglu, Okur and Turckan don't play for Turkey, Ilgauskas and Jasikevicius don't play for Lithuania, Nené and Araujo don't play for Brazil, and I could go on...

    A big part of Spain and Argentina being the best outside the US right now, is the commitment of their players. International game is sometimes more about having players with will to play than having the best talent.
     

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