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08:04 AM ET 07.09 | What, heading into London, should fans be most worried about for the U.S. Men's Basketball team as it takes on the world? Many fans and media members have immediately seized on the fact that the 12-man roster has just one true center -- [Tyson Chandler] -- as the team's greatest weakness. Indeed, if there is one injury absence that hurts this team the most, it's that of Dwight Howard. ... With that said, Team USA has been adamant that the current roster won't be lacking in the interior. In addition to Chandler, who happens to be the NBA's reigning Defensive Player of the Year, USA plans to employ Kevin Love as a makeshift five. ... If there's a real concern on this topic, it's foul trouble for Chandler.

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July 9, 2012  08:38 AM ET
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Having the NBA players in the Olympics is just wrong.

You send men to do a man's job...

July 9, 2012  08:45 AM ET

If Spain had Rubio I would be more worried. Yes they could beat us on the low block but our speed will counter.

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July 9, 2012  09:20 AM ET

Speed Over Size, Bros?

July 9, 2012  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Having the NBA players in the Olympics is just wrong.

yah, because theres nothing quite like settling who is the best on the planet than by sending college kids to play vs euro pros.

The olympics is about being the best of the best. If the NBA players arent there then you may as well not bother having bball as a sport. What kind of legitimacy does the olympic gold have when played as a bush league tournament?

July 9, 2012  10:03 AM ET
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yah, because theres nothing quite like settling who is the best on the planet than by sending college kids to play vs euro pros. The olympics is about being the best of the best. If the NBA players arent there then you may as well not bother having bball as a sport. What kind of legitimacy does the olympic gold have when played as a bush league tournament?

U tell him...when the Euros STOP allowing their pros to play, then so will we.. USA USA USA USA!!!

July 9, 2012  10:13 AM ET

Bron and Kobe in the same team again? Might as well give them the gold medals now.

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July 9, 2012  11:14 AM ET

I just love that he's being shown in a Mavs uniform...what? no photo's of him as a Knick?

July 9, 2012  01:53 PM ET
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Whatever....its an exhibition/as game......to promote the NBA brand and the players brandIf you can't win with LBJ, Kobe, Paul, melody, kd, etc.....Then the NBA should just close up shop and we should just start watching the Turkish pro league

It will never happen ........NBA close up shop, that would be just to good.

July 9, 2012  02:12 PM ET

so the absence of a real center is going to stop Team USA from beating up on Uzbekistan, Luxembourg, the Dutch Antilles, Kenya etc etc.???
please child, give them the gold, save the pros the time and expense of staying in the usual 5 star accommodations away from the athletes' village and let's move on to real sports news.

July 9, 2012  02:56 PM ET
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Speed Over Size, Bros?

That's clown question, bro!

July 9, 2012  05:36 PM ET
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so the absence of a real center is going to stop Team USA from beating up on Uzbekistan, Luxembourg, the Dutch Antilles, Kenya etc etc.???please child, give them the gold, save the pros the time and expense of staying in the usual 5 star accommodations away from the athletes' village and let's move on to real sports news.

Its really Spain that the US needs to worry about. Not saying they are going to lose to them but they did give the US a good game in 08'.

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July 9, 2012  10:18 PM ET
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Whatever....its an exhibition/as game......to promote the NBA brand and the players brandIf you can't win with LBJ, Kobe, Paul, melody, kd, etc.....Then the NBA should just close up shop and we should just start watching the Turkish pro league

So, do you think it's important that the US win, or not?

July 10, 2012  04:22 PM ET

Heat won Finals without a BIG man, what make you think USA 2012 men's basketball team can't bring in the gold? Com' on man....To me this is the most exciting USA Dream team since the Jordan, Magic & Bird Dream Team ......

Laker/KB#24 Fan!!! Go Lak's!!!!!!!!

 
July 12, 2012  07:36 AM ET

fiba is different - size doesnt matter that much...defense, speed and good (FT-) shooting makes
the difference....

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