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post #2881 of 3775 (permalink) Old 08-12-2012, 10:22 PM
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How can they not? They have so many guys are excel at certain aspects of the game. KOB, KD, MELO for scoring, Paul and Deron for playmaking, good defensive schemes with the perimeter players applying ball pressure etc.

They'd easily win but I have a feeling you were going LELBRON on me so not sure whether serious or not.
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post #2882 of 3775 (permalink) Old 08-12-2012, 10:25 PM
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Melo & KD did nothing but chuck three's this whole entire tournament, that's it. I watched every single game.
CP3 had a lackluster tournament as well, really his only remarkable game was the gold medal game.
Kobe was playing mediocre as well, only during the elimination games is when he played like he gave a damn.
Deron was a non-factor for the team honestly, not to say he was a scrub, but he really wasn't a key contributor.

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If it was that simplistic I agree but great players play with a different mentality on teams like this. They often defer, coast and only switch gears when they're required to do so. If a player like Bron leaves, they'll know they have to step up and fill whatever void he leaves. They're too talented to not win the gold.
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post #2884 of 3775 (permalink) Old 08-12-2012, 10:33 PM
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Would CP3 step it up and play like he did in the gold medal game all throughout the tournament? Would Kobe play like he gave a damn during qualifying play? Would KD & Melo do more for the team instead of just chucking three's? So many hypotheticals, LeBron was such a huge part of the team, that's why I'm questioning.

I think Love would've had a huge tournament, if LeBron wasn't on the team just because that would mean increased minutes for him and he was a key contributor off the bench, IMO the 4th best player of Team USA during the Olympics after LeBron/KD/Melo.

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Only way this team would have won without Bron would to have been with Wade who is a Lebron Lite since he is a good passer and rebounder for his size. This team needed Lebron though. He has the only triple dbl ever? is that right if so what an amazing feat. The guy did everything for this team hell i could say he was a better PG than Paul, Williams or Westbrook. Watching basically all the games i agree with Notorious bout KD and Melo chucking. Moreso KD but i guess thats what they wanted him to do basically. Was a shame Griffin had to go down, would have brought another lvl of excitement. This year this team felt very different. in 08 they were more explosive and were highlight machines for the most part.


Saw somewhere bout the age Limit which Stern is trying to get and saw some fans saying they hate or dont watch Olympic Basketball because it sucks because they are pros and seeing them win by blowouts isnt fun at all and that younger players would make it better. It seems they all forget in 04 we lost and only won Bronze and we beat Tunisia by 5 points and barely beat Spain.

Was somewhat disappointed with Loves minutes. im not his biggest fan cuz i barely watch the Wolves but guy had an amazing year, still argue with idiot Celtic friends who say Paul Pierce had a better year than Love. Guy was top in points and rebounds. With all the talk of Kobe. Bron and Durant i wish they could have talked bout Love but he was never given the right chance to explode like the other 3. Did Love get any MVp votes, would be a shame if he didnt.


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Maybe not Kobe because he really needed to find rhythm in the games I saw and it's not like that would change if Bron's not on the team but the rest of the guys, they'd definitely step up. They might struggle a little defensively though. Chandler seemed to have foul trouble issues and Love didn't seem particularly effective defensively but he was a beast on the offensive boards.
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Well I heard FIBA is trying to add get the Olympic committee to add 3-on-3 as an event, possibly in 2016 so maybe that will give other countries a chance to get a medal in basketball. Maybe one day one-on-one will be added and stuff like the three point shootout or skills challenge, who knows, there's a bunch of random shit in the Olympics.


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Just came back from NY, and I Obviously missed a lot. (Not that any one cares)

Lakers Championship window is pretty small, but damn, such a scary team. I dont know what Kupchak does but he has to use mind control with the way he pulls off these trades.

I dont get why Orlando waited so long to trade him and got shit in return, they get the 4th best player in the trade, Seriously?

Orlando will likely Draft another good Center in Nerlens Noel (7 years later he will go to L.A)(Just kidding)(No im not)

oh and is it safe to say the Atlantic Division is now the best? I think so.

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You mad Nets didn't get Dwight?
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This Lakers team has a window just like the Big 3 Celtics, maybe slightly smaller. The Big 3 Celtics were originally expected to have just a three-year window but then in that third season, Rondo cemented himself as one of the top PG's in the league and carried the team to the Finals which every year since has delayed the inevitable of blowing the team up. Although, I think Danny Ainge may be following the Spurs method of just re-tooling every year with a mix of young guys and vets.

Anyway yeah, Lakers have a 2 year window at worst, 3 year window at best as championship contenders IMO. This Laker team with Dwight, Kobe, Pau & Nash that is.

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