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The Clinic may be an All Star, but he’s no Olympian

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Team USA announced its rosters for the 2010 to 2012 Men’s National Team program.  Not on the list:  Rajon Rondo:

Returning to the USA National Team for 2010-12 are 2008 Olympic gold medalists Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets); Carlos Boozer (Utah Jazz); Chris Bosh (Toronto Raptors); Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers); Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic); LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers); Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets); Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat); and Deron Williams (Utah Jazz). Rounding out the list of Olympians on the national squad roster are 2004 Olympic bronze medalists Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers) and Amar’e Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns).

Completing the list of National Team players are LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers); Chauncey Billups (Denver Nuggets); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies); Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers); Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers); Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers); Al Jefferson (Minnesota Timberwolves); David Lee (New York Knicks); Brook Lopez (New Jersey Nets); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); O.J. Mayo (Memphis Grizzlies); Kendrick Perkins (Boston Celtics); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); Gerald Wallace (Charlotte Bobcats) and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder).

He's arguably the most notable absence… so there's a lot of speculation as to why.  And while I certainly think Rondo deserves to be on the team… he blew off the camp so he could go to Perk's wedding back in July.  So he didn't make it.

But then again… Kendrick Perkins did get named to the team.  Sooooo…….. maybe I'm wrong.

Congrats, Perk.

Via John Schumann

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  • bones

    they asked RR but he “was not responsive to the inquiries to his interest.”

  • JD

    ahhh I see. Why wouldn’t you want to play in the Olympics? But anyway…
    Cuz I was gonna say, Perk made it and Raj didn’t? Love Perk, but RRs on another level. Well I guess theres always 2016 *sigh*

  • Rich Clark

    “He’s (Rondo) arguably the most notable absence” how about Brandon Roy and Joe Johnson to just name a few….

  • G4L

    Key word being “Arguably” & D Wade, Lebron, & Kobe pretty much have that covered. Personaly I think Rondo’s atleast better than Derrick Rose. I would argue Johnson over Rudy Gay.

  • rcry

    Haha maybe Rondo would prefer to spend the summer rollerskating.
    Actually, didn’t KG miss the Olympics so he could get married? There are probably good reasons out there for missing opportunities to play in the Olympics.

  • Rich Clark

    Dwade and Kobe will, but Lebron will interchange between the 3 and the 4. Whom is better out of Rondo and Derrick Rose is a good debate,no clear cut winner. Rose would probably be a better fit for international ball because of Rondo’s lack of a jump shot and ft ability. Also, playing with this much talent, you have to leave your ego at the door, something RR has struggled with.

  • Clearly rondos on another level then Perkins, but theres more younger comparable PGS then there are young defensive centers like perkins..yeah id take rondo over westbrook or rose myself, but i dont have a problem with anyone who wouldnt…and what other young defensive centers are there around the league like perkins……..

  • G4L

    I’m not sure about the Ego Comment… I would argue playing with that much talent around it would make Rondo the best choice because Rondo is not looking to score, but rather get guys shots, and does not need the ball in his hands like Rose would, which would be a problem on a team with Kobe, Wade, Melo, & Bron. Plus Rond is a better defender than Rose.

  • Filipe

    Actually Rondo is a much much better fit into FIBA play than Rose. Speaking as a foreigner that watches a lot of international basketball the most important thing in high level FIBA is being a great distributor, offense first PGs like Rose are usually terrible in high level FIBA. Jumpers are useful but being great passer that can find open teammates is much more important. The only important national team whose PG is their first option is France. Also Rose main offensive move (like Rondo) is driving to the basket which is much harder for small guards to do under FIBA rules.
    Getting away from Rondo snub, if the veteran PGs all bail out and US team get stuck with Rose and Westbrook that can be a major problem neither guy fits well at all.

  • rav

    Rondo (along with Bynum) was invited to be on the team, but declined