Two years ago
What will Team USA do for the Olympics?
After their disappointing result at world champs, what will the brains trust do next year? Most of the guys dropping out tended to cite not getting a full off season to getting a break but every time you look on YouTube they're having high quality scrimmage against guys that also dropped out. Understandable for guys coming off an injury, even guys changing teams to learn a new system,but if a full star studded team went there surely there would have been blowouts and plenty of rest with rotations aplenty.
I feel for the guys that represented their country but copped flack for where they finished. Teams would be scared of injuries like Paul George a couple of years ago, but Giannis played, not really an excuse. Inevitably USA will get guys committing for Olympics, but Colangelo sounds a bit pissed so will be interesting what happens. Kemba, Mitchell and a couple others should get automatic selection IMO.
But this is what Colangelo had to say
In light of their worst performance ever, Team USA chief Jerry Colangelo called out stars who dropped from the roster after previously making a commitment to play.
"I can only say, you can't help but notice and remember who you thought you were going to war with and who didn’t show up," Colangelo told reporters Thursday (via The Associated Press). “I’m a firm believer that you deal with the cards you’re dealt. All we could have done, and we did it, is get the commitments from a lot of players. So with that kind of a hand you feel reasonably confident that you’re going to be able to put a very good representative team on the court.”
Only four out of 35 players initially invited to represent Team USA in the World Cup actually played in China, leaving the team with (arguably) the weakest roster in team history. In fact, only two players currently on the team were NBA All-Stars last season.
So, with Team USA set to finish with their worst showing ever, one has to think that the guys who dropped out are at least partly responsible. Colangelo certainly seems to think so.