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Team USA Is Small; Will It Be Enough To Win Gold

The NBA is sending some it's best stars over seas to compete in the upcoming Beijing Olympics that get under way on 08-08-08.  There's one problem, Team USA is small; very small.  Jerry Colangelo and Coach K have built this team around athleticism, defense, and lights out shooting.  The only true center this team has on its roster is Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic.  Should Howard go down or get into foul trouble Team USA could be in trouble.  Defending the perimeter will be the least of Team USA's worries with Wade, Bryant, Redd, James, Williams, and Paul making it tough for shooters to get open for uncontested shots.  Team USA is also counting on ball control and guard play to help take them to the Gold.  Limiting turn overs will be a big key the teams success this year.  In an exhibition game against Canada, Team USA had 19 turnovers; but were able to pull away from the Canucks with impressive defense and lights out shooting.  Canada held it close through the first quarter and a few minutes but it was the youthful play of Paul and Williams that helped propel Team USA to a 120-65 victory.   Competition will only get stronger as the Americans advance.   So the question today is going to be whether or not the size of Team USA will be an issue and if the concept of team first will be executed by Team USA.  With the mix of experience and youth, Team USA should be in good shape regardless; but only time will tell.  Can Team USA reclaim it's glory and swagger by winning Gold this year?  Will size be an issue?  Would you consider it a failure should Team USA not win gold?  SoundOFF!!!

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