Wednesday, July 02, 2008

U.S. Olympic hoops team heavy with N.C. ties

I have a problem calling anything other than the Jordan-Bird-Magic U.S. men's basketball team the "Dream Team," and I won't here. But I will say that the latest incarnation of the Olympic hopefuls is not half-bad. And it's no surprise that some with North Carolina ties are involved.

First of all is the coach, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski.

"For the first time since it became evident that America couldn't just show up and dominate each game by default, there has been an emphasis placed on assembling a team with the proper mentality and court skills to successfully compete under international rules," writes the News & Observer's Caulton Tudor.

"But it still seems strange that Krzyzewski, a Duke fixture for almost three decades, was picked to coach this team. That's hardly a knock on his qualifications, preparations and resume. There's not a more highly respected basketball coach in the world. ...

"The selection of Krzyzewski to lead this team was a tribute to him personally and to the collegiate division in general. No one has to be concerned that he will take either honor lightly. He'll put as much effort into winning the gold as most of his team."

As for the actual players, there is PG Chris Paul, a Clemmons-area native and former star at Wake Forest. There's also former Blue Devil Carlos Boozer.

"He was picked because he's an all-star, and we're lucky to have him," Coach K said about Boozer.


Kevin Brewer said...

I don't think this team is constructed well.

M. Lail said...

Please explain.