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Olympic Basketball Preview

 

The C’s won’t be playing any games for the next couple months, but that doesn’t mean the analysis is going to stop here at CelticsHub. While continuing to bring you plenty of analysis on the C’s offseason moves and roster for next season, we will be taking an in-depth look at USA Basketball in the Olympics over the next couple weeks.

Despite LeBron James and company being heavily favored for a gold medal, there are a number of talented countries spanning the globe that should give the USA a run for their money over the next couple weeks. Between the Gasol brothers representing Spain, Tony Parker playing for France, and Luis Scola and Manu Ginoboli pacing a strong Argentina squad, we should be in store for an entertaining couple weeks of international basketball.

In order to breakdown the action, I joined Rich Keefe on 98.5 The Sports Hub earlier this week, where we broke down the final Spain-USA opposition and took a look at whether any team has a serious chance to upset the Americans and take gold in London a couple weeks from now.

Check out the full podcast by clicking the play button below, or you can download the full mp3 for listening at your leisure by clicking the download button on the right side of the player.

 

  • skeeds

    Haha come on guys, taking a swing on FIBA officiating? Compared to 9/10 traveling calls being "missed" from NBA officials, I'll take a couple of no calls on contests under the basket. CP3 just called for carrying the ball against France (correctly), maybe for the 1st time in his career. Pulls that move every game.

    Anyway. Right now, Parker looks like the best player on the court by FAR. Team USA as predicted, settling for many, many long jumpshots. With those not falling, it's a close game. Might not prove a problem against France, but against stronger teams, you never know what could happen. Keep an eye for Argentina. Very talented, veteran team with great chemistry, winning history, and Manu Ginobili. Never underestimate Manu. Especially on Fiba courts, he looks like a beast every time.

  • High Rollers

    Watching the game against France.

    Fantasizing about an All Mount Olympus Team (which would reduce the mighty Dream Team to tears).

    Right now think it would be 1-5 by position: Magic, MJ, James, Chamberlain, Russell (yes, twin tower centers instead of power forward).

    Subs: Bird, Kobe, Shaq, Garnett (or Duncan), and… pick your pg from the suddenly plentiful all-world buffet… Cousy, Stockton, Rondo, Paul, etc.

    Third string: Barkley, Big O, Kareem, West and… Durant.

    Can anybody beat that?

  • High Rollers

    On the third string, Big O (a.k.a. The Original Mr. Triple-Double) would play point.

  • High Rollers

    And everybody would be somewhere between 23 and 31 years of age.

  • High Rollers

    There’s really only room for one true point guard on this team. I’d have Rondo and Paul go one-on-one to ten for the spot. Paul’s a better shooter, but Rondo’s a bigger triple-double threat and much likelier to go heavy in the rebound and assist categories. Even when Paul goes off and fills the stat sheet, his numbers are rarely as gaudy as Rondo’s. Even if you’re a skeptic and chalk that up to playing with HOFers all the time, even better. Rondo would know exactly how to roll with this uber-squad.

    • janos

      Rondos destroy this guy

  • guest

    USA USA USA

  • janos

    America gold Spain Silvers not to much excite here i dont think mayb for bronzed

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