It's not looking good for Tyreke Evans, O.J. Mayo and Gerald Wallace.
Sources close to the situation told FanHouse on Tuesday they're expected
to be among the cuts when Team USA on Wednesday reveals the 15 out of
19 remaining players who will be invited to New York for the Aug. 10-16
training camp in preparation for next month's World Championship in
Turkey. As to who might be the fourth cut, sources said that was still
USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo would not confirm or deny any
names as to who might be cut. He said the 15 players for New York would
be announced during a 3 p.m. EDT conference call Wednesday.
People everywhere are looking at Rajon Rondo and saying "he can't shoot… you need to be able to shoot in international play… therefore he's out."
But this isn't necessarily a 2+2=4 scenario. On last night's Boston & That Sports Babe, Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix addressed Rondo's spot specifically and said he feels Rondo is a lock to make the New York roster. The loss of a bunch of guys to injury means Team USA is becoming a pressure team. And Rondo will make it because he's one of a few guys who can pressure the ball effectively. Take a listen:
I say Rondo survives today's cut. Team USA has gone out of its way to praise him. I think any analysis that ends solely on his shooting ability discounts what's been said about him and what has happened to this team over the past few weeks. This won't be a traditional international team… so traditional thought about how it's constructed isn't necessarily accurate.
On page 2, Miami already won.
Flo-Rida's new song is catchy little diddy about a fictional land where professional sports leagues crown champions months before any games are even played. It's a magical place where full rosters aren't even necessary.
I can't wait to see the look on Mr. Rida's face when the Celtics bump the Heat out of the playoffs in May.
The rest of the links:
ESPN Boston: Game of the Year | WEEI: Broussard on D&H: C's 'did what they had to do' | Globe: Lin hopes to beat Harvard stereotypes | Celtics must pick up the pieces | Ball Don't Lie: Video: Kids have no idea what basketball players make