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jackdawson
04-06-2010, 09:44 AM
INDIANAPOLIS — Skipping the World Basketball Championship this summer won’t necessarily keep LeBron James and others off the 2012 U.S. Olympic team after all.

Speaking to Sun Media after the 2010 hall of fame class was announced Monday, USA Basketball head honcho Jerry Colangelo clarified statements he made earlier this week that raised the ire of James.

“We appreciate the fact they’re willing to give their time. We have to be flexible,” Colangelo said. “Some players may have to miss for whatever the reason may be — contracts, injuries, family issues...free agency this year is big.”

Previously, Colangelo had said he would not provide “free passes” in terms of playing in London in 2012 for players who skipped the worlds without a valid excuse.

That had sparked an angry response from James, the likely NBA MVP.

“There’s a lot that goes on with being a professional athlete other than just basketball,” James told reporters. “I’m not trying to bash Jerry or anything like that because he’s a good guy and I respect him. I don’t respect (his statement) because of the commitment we’ve all given to the U.S.A.”

Colangelo said he realizes James, Dwyane Wade and the Raptors’ Chris Bosh will have a lot on their mind this summer — like who to accept millions of dollars from — and he wasn’t speaking particularly about them.

“The point I made regarding London is, we will give credit for all the equity people have put into it," he said. "Bosh has equity, so does Wade, so does LeBron. Things happen. We just have to be flexible."

The trio has been involved with USA Basketball since 2003.
http://www.torontosun.com/sports/basketball/2010/04/05/13472371.html


Why do you think he changed his stand so quick? David Stern had any influence on it? Or Lebron's angry comment? Or anything else?

Giaps
04-06-2010, 10:53 AM
I think free agency is a valid excuse and going to film a movie is not.

Raph12
04-06-2010, 11:11 AM
Colangelo pussed out, he caved because he didn't want to lose Lebron or Wade.

Nighthawk
04-06-2010, 11:20 AM
Colangelo pussed out, he caved because he didn't want to lose Lebron or Wade.

and why would you

they are beasts

PC
04-06-2010, 11:24 AM
Colangelo shouldn't have made such a big deal about it to begin with

Pierzynski4Prez
04-06-2010, 11:26 AM
Are they under contract to play for Team USA, No. Therefore he has no right to say anything.

Raph12
04-06-2010, 11:33 AM
and why would you

they are beasts

Agreed, but he should've have opened his big mouth in the first place. Now he loses my respect for going back on his word.

Chronz
04-06-2010, 11:34 AM
Smart guy

jackdawson
04-06-2010, 01:04 PM
Smart guy

Is this a sarcasm or what? I would be surprised if not.

jackdawson
04-06-2010, 01:07 PM
Colangelo pussed out, he caved because he didn't want to lose Lebron or Wade.

I feel your anger since wade/lebron is involved in this matter and kobe/dwight isn't.

Chronz
04-06-2010, 01:09 PM
Is this a sarcasm or what? I would be surprised if not.

No its legit, why would you risk pissing off USA's best players? But yea Raphs right when he says he shouldnt have said anything to begin with. Or atleast taken a more diplomatic approach.

ldc62
04-06-2010, 01:18 PM
what a *****. So I guess Lebron, Wade and Bosh just get free passes.... shoulda said that from the beginning.

jackdawson
04-06-2010, 01:19 PM
No its legit, why would you risk pissing off USA's best players? But yea Raphs right when he says he shouldnt have said anything to begin with. Or atleast taken a more diplomatic approach.

well, smart cuz he didn't settle with his ego, but could have been more smart if he was proactive.

Raph12
04-06-2010, 02:18 PM
I feel your anger since wade/lebron is involved in this matter and kobe/dwight isn't.

Lol Kobe and Dwight will already be playing in the World Championships, them not being involved in the "free pass or not" thread is a good thing, not bad. :rolleyes:

I was just saying Colangelo should've thought things through and not have been so impulsive when commenting on the Lebron/Wade front. Then he wouldn't look like an idiot in the media and lose people's respect for going back on his word.

SteveNash
04-06-2010, 03:14 PM
He always seemed pretty fine with FA since they could get injured and lose out on millions if they were to play. LeBron doing whatever shouldn't be excusable.