USA vs France Exibition Forum Thread
I know it's just an exhitbition, but its been way too long since I've gotten watch a basketball game. Kind of sloppy out of the gate, but at least its basketball, lol
Ya know, James Harden was a good fit but can you imagine if they had taken Curry instead?? I love seeing Curry and Durant together.. They havent been today yet but yesterday, they had some good chemistry..
Also, can Iggy please get put on a good team in the NBA.. I mean damn.. This guy is very very good but he is Scottie Pippen instead of MJ... He cant be your go to guy.. Pair him with Kobe or Melo and watch him explode!
Yeah, Curry and Durant are pretty fun to watch, I also like the Derrick Rose/ Steph Curry combo going on right now, that is one fast back court.
Iggy can do a little bit of everything and he's pretty clutch too, that would be sick if he were playing with Melo or Kobe, I kinda figured the 76ers would trade him last year, I wouldn't be shocked if he moved teams this year.
I love that combo of Rose and Curry too.. Damn... The Warriors had better hold on tight to him when his time comes because there are going to be 29 teams calling his name..
I think that Iggy may be one of the most undervalued player in the league.. Not underrated, undervalued.. I mean, he could be special if the didnt have to carry a load with the 76ers. Put him with a guy that demands a double team from the wing and watch him prosper.. He may get traded early this year if the team sees that 3 ball hungry guys wont produce wins.. Of course I mean Turner, Holiday, and Iggy... I just hope that someone is willing to annie up for him..
rudy gay is so long and athletic. and so is iggy with that windmill. i agree he needs to be traded to a team with a true number 1 option because he is a scottie pippen type. and batum could be special too in a similar role.
and dont you love the fiba rule where you can grab the ball off the rim. that was an exciting little stretch dunk by durant, dunk by ajinca, dunk by durant. this game is gettin me ready for the ymca today.
Who would have thought Kevin Durants only points with just a minute or two left in the half would come on dunks? lol
I like the Iggy with Melo idea, and Denver has enough talent, and post players ( which Philly needs) to make a decent offer.
france has a pretty good young team, their future is very bright.
I like Nando Del Colo, hes not super athletic, but he's a pretty big point guard who I think could be a solid NBA player.
I'm interested in watching Batum in this setting. He's a better all-around player than people on this site give him credit for.
what about the other way around, philly could give up turner, thad young, and lou williams for melo. something like that, u could add anyone really.
Damn... That would be better for both teams...
Does anyone else love that nickname for Rondo??
Yeah, I he's had a big dunk, showed good ball handling skills, and he's been hitting shots from the outside.
Batum doesn't get to do a lot on Portland since they have Roy/Miller and then Aldridge in the post. He's used as a defender and spot up shooter. Occasionally he'll put the ball on the floor and show some of the things he's capable of.
I tuned in late to the game... Did Eric Gordon and Danny Granger see time in the first half?
France is looking nice think how good they would be if they werent missing
No, Granger and Gordan sat the first half
pietrus is there, but its mikaels brother. ya if they had noah, turiaf, parker and pietrus they would be one of the deeper teams in the tournament. this is a fun game to watch, but its still not true fiba basketball yet.
Yeah, The French have a lot more talent than I thought, I knew quite a few NBA guys were from there, but I never put it together.
He looks like he's gained about 20 lbs...
IndianaBasketball for sure Diaw looks like he put on some weight.
Also I didn't think Rondo would be good for this team but he's been proving me very wrong in this game. I know this is just an exhibition but if he can penetrate like that against the better teams he'll be a stud.
Tyson Chandler's looked pretty good, mostly defensively but he can finish lobs with the best of the best.
I missed some of the game but has Kevin Love played at all? If so how did he look because I think he'll have to play a big role as backup C if the US wants to win.
Kevin Love just got in... He has a calf issue.
I look at Rondo similar to the way I looked at Jason Kidd during the olympics. Rondo could be the starter I think.
Maybe with Billups, they compliment each other well. Also Rondo was playing pretty well with Chandler, they look like they have some chemistry.
Also I thin Westbrook could be the last guard cut. Gordon's been lighting it up and Westbrook brings the same things to the table as Rose and Rondo. I would keep Gordon and Curry IMO
I think the team should start:
Rondo is a stud for sure but I think that we need to start games with as much fire power as possible.. Our lack of size is going to make it hard for us to comeback if we get down.. Starting guys that can score from almost anywhere, excluding Chandler, will almost ensure that we start the game with the lead.
Rondo should be first off the bench, followed by Odom, Curry, Rose, then Granger in that order.
in my gut, i think russell westbrook will get cut. i think eric gordan will get the nod. why do they need westbrook. they have rondo and rose and curry can play some point. gordan is a tough defender, good finisher and a great shooter. i think gordan and curry will be in turkey and westbrook will get cut.
stealsgalore beat me to it.
I agree. I think Westbrook is going to get cut.
I've been saying all along that Gordon would make it. His style of play fits well in FIBA. A lot of people sleep on Gordon because he doesn't have a lot of hype or a lot of fan fare... He just plays though. IF he makes it, he'll have made it over Westbrook and OJ Mayo.
And I'm not so sure that Curry should play more than Gordon off of the bench.
Gordon is really turning into a very good defender...i think he's gonna do some amazing things this year on both sides of the ball for the Clips! This whole USA basketball experience is gonna benifit him more than any other player on the team...Its gonna help him gain more confidence and bring that over into the regular season
i donty like that starting line up @8th because gay would be better coming off the bench. that line up looks ike you want all the guys who scored the most int he game at once. i like billups at the sg and rondo at the point since rondo can get in paint and will be looking to get others point ala jkidd. then billups doesnt have to worry about setting people up and can focus on hitting that open three int he zone
I think he should make the team however, he wont penetrate Euro teams like he did to France. I didnt watch the whole game but what i did watch is France playing no zone defense. That makes Rondo completly ineffective
Our deficiency of size is going to make it hard for all of us to comeback if many of us get straight down.. Starting guys which could score coming from almost wherever excluding chandler will almost be sure that we start the sport with your lead.