Earlier this month
1996 Olympics - original team
The team was forecast to have Luc Longley, until he didn't. They replaced Longley with Ray Borner and John Dorge moved up to the back up centre. The naturalised spot went to Scott Fisher as another 'quality big man'.
I was under the impression Ricky Grace was preferred as the naturalised player leading up to 1996, and obviously they made it up to him in 2000.
But if all went to plan, does anyone know who would have gone as the extra forward if Longley was fit? By minutes the rotation was;
Heal, Gaze, Vlahov, Ronaldson, Bradtke...
Reidy, Fisher, Dorge, was the main 8.
Sam Mac got some minutes.
Maher, Jensen and Borner warmed the pine.
So we'd be looking at...
Heal, Gaze, Vlahov, Bradtke, Longley
Grace, Ronaldson, ?
Reidy, Dorge, Sam Mac and Maher? (albiet Jensen's 95 season with the Falcons, and 96 season with the Giants were more impressive than Maher's, this could be a toss up)
Again, was there a defined roster spot, based on previous tournaments? Or would this be one of the "what if's"?