The NBA Conference Finals are well underway and both have proven to be exciting series.
However, looming on the horizon is the 2012 Olympics in London and the basketball tournament will be one to watch. From powerhouse teams such as Spain with Pau and Marc Gasol to France with Tony Parker but many have Team USA pegged as the eventual Gold medalist. But Team USA is limping into the tournament.
Derrick Rose, LaMarcus Aldridge, Dwight Howard, Kevin Love, Chauncey Billups, and Chris Bosh suffered injuries (some worse than others) and some won’t be making the trip to London while others are still on the fence on whether they will or will not wear the red, white and blue uniform.
But if you notice one common thing among those players listed above is most of them are big men and big men are a premium in international play. As mentioned before, Spain (Team USA’s biggest competition) will have the Gasol brothers and Serge Ibaka. France will have Joakim Noah while Brazil will have Tiago Splitter and Nene.
So it is safe to say Team USA desperately needs size especially since Howard, and Aldridge will more than likely not play.
Enter UK’s center Anthony Davis.
Davis, the eventual number one pick in the 2012 NBA Draft this month, is a big man who might be able to help Team USA’s depleted big man depth but don’t tell that to Team USA’s head honcho Jerry Colangelo who says Davis is a long shot to make the squad.
Jerry Colangelo, the man who leads this country’s effort in international basketball, says Anthony Davis is a “long shot” to make the United States’ Olympic team this summer. “Because of inexperience and etc., etc,” he said.
“We don’t have any shortage of scorers,” Colangelo said in an Olympic-sized understatement. “Anthony has a chance to make his mark sooner rather than later just by rebounding, defending, getting up and down the court, being a team player. He doesn’t have to score.”
OK so if Davis is not going to make the roster then where will Team USA look for size? Should Tyson Chandler play in London, he can’t do it all on his own. And how does Colangelo expect Davis to get the needed experience without giving Davis a shot to play in London?
This is not a smart move on Colagelo’s part. Let Davis play. His length, youthfulness, and eagerness to to learn and play with some of the NBA’s best can only help Team USA down the road. Not to mention Colangelo admits the squad doesn’t need more scorers so why not add more defenders? That’s where Davis comes in.
Team USA did it once by adding one college player on the roster (Christian Laettner) and it worked so why not revive that and bring it Davis?