They will lead a U.S. Olympic basketball team that was announced Monday — one that hopes to capture the gold medal in Beijing in August after a third-place showing in Athens four years ago. They'll have plenty of help.
Carmelo Anthony and Jason Kidd were among the 12 players placed on the squad. They were joined by Tayshaun Prince, Carlos Boozer, Chris Bosh, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Michael Redd and Deron Williams.
I applaud those guys for representing our country and shooting for Olympic gold. Unlike 1992, the Olympics aren't a coronation for Team USA. They will have to play their asses off and play together (could be tough for Kobe) to win. They are sacrificing much needed rest for their country. Injuries might not heal or new ones could occur. With that said, I'm extremely pleased that not a single Celtics player is headed to Beijing. I'm going to get real selfish and say Banner 18 means much more to me than an Olympic medal.