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  1. #1
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    Wade and Lebron might be kicked out of Olympic Team

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slu...ionships040110

    Colangelo: Skip worlds at your own peril

    By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports
    4 hours, 44 minutes ago

    Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo has a message for LeBron James(notes), Dwyane Wade(notes) and the rest of the NBA stars leaning toward skipping the 2010 World Championships without an approved alibi: You’ve lost your guarantee for a roster spot at the 2012 Summer Olympics.


    Dwyane Wade has expressed doubt about playing in the worlds.

    (Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
    “There are no free passes to London,” Colangelo told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday night. “There are no special rules for anyone. If someone decides to pass without a legit issue, they do it with an understanding of the risk.”

    James publicly insisted Wednesday that “I’m probably not playing,” and his reasoning for sitting out the late-summer training camp and tournament – a busy schedule – doesn’t fall within the excused absences Colangelo has laid out. James hasn’t directly told Colangelo of his plans, but he joins Wade in publicly expressing doubt about playing in the World Championships in Turkey.

    Other Popular Links on Yahoo! SportsShaq's mom writes motivational book LeBron James signs new deal with Nike More From Adrian WojnarowskiHistory behind them, Nets eye brighter future Mar 30, 2010 Wizards prove to be nothing but pushovers Mar 25, 2010 Two sources familiar with Wade’s plans say the Miami Heat star has already decided against playing for Team USA this summer. Colangelo has wanted to hold national team players to a revolving three-year commitment on the way to the Olympic Games. How can he still get his biggest stars to Turkey this summer?

    Perhaps the shoes will help. Nike has a huge financial stake in USA Basketball, and James and Wade are two of the company’s most important pitchmen. The global stage is important for pushing product, and Colangelo isn’t fearful of exploiting this fact.

    “The players are intelligent and they understand that some of this whole thing brands them in the international marketplace,” he said. “And maybe they’ll make some decisions based on the fact that certainly Nike has a big impact on them in terms of what their contract may or may not say about this.”

    Free agency starts July 1, and the game’s biggest stars – James, Wade and the Toronto Raptors’ Chris Bosh(notes) – will likely have resolution on where they will sign by the middle of the month.

    With several other stars also destined for free agency, Colangelo had no expectation they would play and risk injury in the July minicamp in Las Vegas. Colangelo calls himself “flexible,” and says he’ll accept contract status, injury and pressing family matters as reasons for an excused absence.

    Nevertheless, he wants all of Team USA to minimally show up for the July minicamp while free agency gets underway, and expects that once deals are signed all the players will attend the August training camp in New York. Team USA has a pool of 27 players to bolster the roster; it would most fear losing Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard(notes) for the World Championships. Outside of him, the U.S. could be forced to go with Boston’s Kendrick Perkins(notes) to play center.

    Team USA’s oldest and youngest stars – the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant(notes) and Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant(notes) – are committed to playing this summer. As one source said, “Kobe will probably take inventory on his body at the end of the season,” but he is planning to play. Durant nearly made the 2008 Olympic team as a 19-year-old rookie and promises to be an immense part of Team USA’s future. Durant will be a star among stars the moment he steps on the floor.

    “He’s one of the best five, maybe six, players in the NBA already,” Colangelo said. “He’s a pretty good replacement for anyone.”

    Durant is young and hungry, and Team USA can use him. The World Championships doesn’t inspire tremendous enthusiasm for the returning players who won a gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Yet Team USA lost to Greece in the World Championships’ medal round in 2006, a deflating defeat that stays with some of that team’s players.

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    i doubt he would do that

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    HAH, yeah I had heard this. Well, good luck with that ridiculous "threat" is all I have to say. They have been part of the Olympic program since '04, and were two of the prime pieces of the Gold Medal team at the last Olympics. If they want to take the summer off to live their own life outside of basketball for a few months, in a NON Olympic year at that, then they deserve to do so.

    America would have a message for Jerry Colangelo if he decided to omit Wade and Lebron from the Olympic team, "do so at your own peril".

    I for one would actually like to see players like D-Rose and Durant get a more predominant role on the team, and not having these two there for a summer would do just that. Old man Colangelo needs to take a step back.

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    Highly doubt LBJ and Wade will get kicked off team and not play in 2012 Olympics. Colangelo is a d-bag. Let's see if he has the balls to actually cut two of his top players of the team.

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    Just a blank threat to try and get these guys to come. Kick 2 Top 5 players in the world out?



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    Well, Colangelo asked for and received the same commitment before the Redeem Team won gold. If the method works, use it.

    But I seriously doubt the team will suffer much if either Wade, James or both didn't make the team. Not a knock against them as it is praise for the young talent in the league today.

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    its a good thing imo. Playing for your country is an honor, and shouldn't be thought as a w/e oppurtunity like some are thinking it as. This would nvr happen in FIFA World Cup, too bad basketball players aren't as passionate about World competition.
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    It's Kevin Durant's time to shine on the international stage.

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    that would be a stupid move

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    Quote Originally Posted by IversonIsKrazy View Post
    its a good thing imo. Playing for your country is an honor, and shouldn't be thought as a w/e oppurtunity like some are thinking it as. This would nvr happen in FIFA World Cup, too bad basketball players aren't as passionate about World competition.
    Well let's be fair here, this isn't in any way comparable to the World Cup. That is the pinnacle of soccer, and where legends are made.

    The FIBA is the third most important championship event for a pro basketball player. NBA Championship being #1, followed by an Olympic Gold, and at a DISTANT third the FIBA championship. Honestly it wears the top players down for the following season, so I don't even like the event in the first place. We already have a world championship in the Olympics where the best of the best compete, so I like the idea of having this be a stage where the Americans send their younger, second tier superstars (who are still far and away good enough to win the Gold if they want it) to get a chance to showcase their talents at the international level.

    Different opinions I suppose, but that's the way I see it.

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    PG - CP3
    SG - Kobe
    SF - Melo
    PF - Bosh
    C - Dwight
    6th - Durant

    They'd still win it easily IMO, besides Kobe, all of those guys are leaps-and-bounds better than they were in 08.

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    I guess I'm the only one that thinks he might actually do it

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    Wade is going to be in court during the summer.

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    They shouldn't need lebron or wade to win with some of the young talent we have available.
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    Like Wade and LeBron won't earn a spot on the Olympic team. Please.

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