Nick Collison to lead Team USA

Maybe I was wrong about Nick Collison.

Kirk Hinrich’s buddy actually tore the rim off of the backboard in a recent Team USA practice!  Maybe he is a more dominant post presence than I thought?!?  Or maybe he was just playing in a high school gym with sketchy equipment.  I think I’m going to lean towards the latter.

The whole ordeal did provide a fun picture of Collison, clearly enjoying his feat more than he should be. 

Team USA is finally going to play some real games this week.  It will be the first chance we’ve had to watch real basketball since the Finals, though some would argue the last real basketball took place one round earlier.  USA vs. Venezuela Wednesday night!

I’m less than excited after reading that the senior team lost to that team of “young players” the USA basketball program put together to challenge them.  (side rant:  I don’t understand why they are referred to as a group of young players over and over again when many are older than some of the senior team players)  The Select Team, as they’re calling them, has some very nice players.  Nevertheless, the senior team should demolish them.  In my opinion it just goes to show that no matter what these superstars are saying, when you put together a bunch of guys who are used to having the ball 80% of the time they’re going to have trouble meshing on the court no matter how much they talk about being unselfish.  Even if they aren’t selfish with the ball, they still learned how to play as the focal point of their team.  Maybe actual role players would do better jobs playing roles than superstars.

4 Responses to “Nick Collison to lead Team USA”

  1. August 21, 2007 at 3:30 am

    Yeah, you definately weren’t wrong about Nick Collison. That guy just is not good. Trust me.

  2. 2 312chill
    August 21, 2007 at 8:32 am

    That’s what I thought. I remember him looking good in college, but what halfway decent NBA player didn’t look good in college? Otherwise I’ve never had a chance to see him play much. I don’t see a lot of Sonics games and he was hurt for a long time. Hinrich has stated multiple times that Collison is better than he gets credit for and he just needs a chance to show what he can do. Now he’s got it, let’s see. I’m not expecting too much.

  3. 3 Anonymous
    August 31, 2007 at 10:31 pm

    You guys obviously do not know what you are talking about. You need to see him play sometime and know something about basketball and then make your decision.

  4. 4 312chill
    September 5, 2007 at 6:53 am

    Everybody has at least one fan. Seriously, I found a whole extensive website devoted to Kendrick Perkins that, as far as I can tell, is run completely independently from him.

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