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    LeBron hasn’t played USMNT basketball since 2012. Not sure why people think this will be his last one, since that already happened a long time ago. Curry has never played for USA in an Olympics. He withdrew from the 2020 team.
    What part of ‘He’s said no the past two times’ are you not understanding? LeBron is not walking through that door.
    because he has said himself he is committed to playing in the paris olympics

    LeBron James committed to Olympics, hopes to end career with Lakers


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    Embiid tipped the scales too much... Embiid is pretty much unguardable. You can always count on shooters to have an off shooting night, but not someone shooting 2 feet from the rim.

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    because he has said himself he is committed to playing in the paris olympics

    LeBron James committed to Olympics, hopes to end career with Lakers
    In 2016,he committed, then withdrew over concerns about the Zika virus. In 2020, he committed, then withdrew again. A LeBron commitment is on the order of some kid picking a college, not worth the paper itís written on. Itís not as cut and dried as you seem to think.

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    What would that be, bro? He isn't lightskin nor his personality conforms to the white audience, tbh.
    With Morant's and Williamson's recent off court transgressions and the fact that the current best five and next one are all foreign, Edwards is a logical ninth as he's the current desperate attempt to force a new captain America with James, Curry and Durant in their twilight.
    I never said those were the only factors (I said they help and trust me, they do), like so many white or white adjacent people, you just get defensive when anything race related is broached and take the discussion to a place where it wasn't intended.

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    I never said those were the only factors (I said they help and trust me, they do), like so many white or white adjacent people, you just get defensive when anything race related is broached and take the discussion to a place where it wasn't intended.
    If you do just a little research, you would find many instances of me arguing against dumb white nationalist premises in this forum. I'm not biased either way, tbh. I'm just against argumentative inconsistencies, and you display quite a few on this subject, tbh.

    Under most of your believes, wouldn't Tatum make the best case as the next Captain America?
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    If you do just a little research, you would find many instances of me arguing against dumb white nationalist premises in this forum. I'm not biased either way, tbh. I'm just against argumentative inconsistencies, and you display quite a few on this subject, tbh.

    Under most of your believes, wouldn't Tatum make the most case as the next Captain America?
    Nah, I'm very consistent. It's called being unbiased. Maybe you're just not comprehending certain things.

    Sure and they tried him for a while until they gave up, realizing his personality and game is too staid and he's closer to George than he is a James or Durant.

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    Not so sure they should take Haliburton the way his season completely fell off.

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    If he drops to rehab they could bring in Brunson instead. Wonder what they do with last spot. Could be Nephew/George

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    Either way, this roster stomps the compe ion

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    France is winning no matter what

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    France is winning no matter what
    its been a minute since the US has truly sent an a-team like this. think expectations will have to be recalibrated compared to recent tournaments

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    Brunson is not good in FIBA compe ions where the paint is closed. And you don't need another scorers. USA has always lacked role players in these compe ions. Like a real PG.

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    Kawhi got the last spot. insane team.

    for people putting stock into the US' performance in the world cup, the bigs on that team were Walker Kessler (only real center), Jaren Jackson Jr, Bobby Portis, and Paolo, who is more of a jumbo wing than a big

    the last olympic team (which still won gold) had only Bam and JaVale McGee on the roster as centers.

    this roster has anthony davis, joel embiid, and bam

    USA mops
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    I'm assuming the SL is going to be Steph/Ant/Bron/KD/Embiid, nasty tbh.

    Should win gold but I'm sure they'll run into a close game at some point. Sucks that France has a backcourt.

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    I'm assuming the SL is going to be Steph/Ant/Bron/KD/Embiid, nasty tbh.

    Should win gold but I'm sure they'll run into a close game at some point. Sucks that France has a backcourt.
    none in games that matter imo. this is the best US roster since 2012 at least. only reason i'd knock it is the legends like lebron/durant are post-peak

    sure, the talent gap isnt quite as extreme as it used to be, but an a-team like this is just miles ahead of anybody else. its enough of a talent gap to overcome any chemistry questions, stylistic adjustments, rule differences, etc

    its going to take nuclear wemby type stuff to even make a run against this team for a few minutes. no amount of back door cuts and give and goes and whatnot is going to matter when you have vince carter dunking on weiss type talent gap

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    none in games that matter imo. this is the best US roster since 2012 at least. only reason i'd knock it is the legends like lebron/durant are post-peak

    sure, the talent gap isnt quite as extreme as it used to be, but an a-team like this is just miles ahead of anybody else. its enough of a talent gap to overcome any chemistry questions, stylistic adjustments, rule differences, etc

    its going to take nuclear wemby type stuff to even make a run against this team for a few minutes. no amount of back door cuts and give and goes and whatnot is going to matter when you have vince carter dunking on weiss type talent gap
    To be clear, by close game, I mean < 20 pt lead in the 2nd half tbh

    FIBA rules are janky (Goaltending, no defensive 3 sec, etc). I could see them running into a hiccup if the shooting isn't there for a half. But yeah, they should steamroll.

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    Kawhi got the last spot. insane team.

    for people putting stock into the US' performance in the world cup, the bigs on that team were Walker Kessler (only real center), Jaren Jackson Jr, Bobby Portis, and Paolo, who is more of a jumbo wing than a big

    the last olympic team (which still won gold) had only Bam and JaVale McGee on the roster as centers.

    this roster has anthony davis, joel embiid, and bam

    USA mops
    Lemme know who the injury replacement on standby is tbh. Should be Brunson or Banchero.

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    To be clear, by close game, I mean < 20 pt lead in the 2nd half tbh

    FIBA rules are janky (Goaltending, no defensive 3 sec, etc). I could see them running into a hiccup if the shooting isn't there for a half. But yeah, they should steamroll.
    yeah you could have gobert/wemby park in the paint, but the US also has midrange killers like Durant/Booker/Nephew/Tatum, and you cant exactly just drop in the paint if any of those guys handles a pick and roll

    and this US roster actually has a good stable of bigs that can handle the physicality of the FIBA game

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    US will win the gold with the roster they have but not dominant like 2012

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    The atmosphere will in any case be quite cold, even hostile, especially towards Embiid. His letter to President Macron two years ago to acquire French nationality caused a stir. Some words that take on a very ridiculous and pompous turn now that we know what happened since. Some nice boos to be expected.

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    The atmosphere will in any case be quite cold, even hostile, especially towards Embiid. His letter to President Macron two years ago to acquire French nationality caused a stir. Some words that take on a very ridiculous and pompous turn now that we know what happened since. Some nice boos to be expected.
    I've read the letter today, but can't find any more infos about what happened. Do we know why he changed his mind?

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    I've read the letter today, but can't find any more infos about what happened. Do we know why he changed his mind?
    Not that I know. Perhaps the letter written to Biden will tell us more.

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    Not that I know. Perhaps the letter written to Biden will tell us more.
    Half way journalism smh...

    I can't find anything, they just went for the clicks

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