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Jerry Colangelo is rethinking adding players to USA roster after Rose injury

Apr 29, 2012, 3:38 PM EST

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Jerry Colangelo had said last week that despite the injury to Dwight Howard, Team USA would not be changing its list of invitees for camp. They were going to stick with their guys. That plan lasted right up until the 1:20 mark of the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Game 1 between Chicago and Philadelphia. After Derrick Rose tore his ACL, ending his season, there is a whole new modus operandi for the heads of the global basketball competition organization. From SI.com:

Just three days after saying the roster of Olympic team finalists would not be expanded after the recent rash of injuries to key players, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told SI.com that he is reconsidering his stance after the Bulls point guard tore his ACL in Game 1 of their series against the Sixers.

“What I said [previously] was that we didn’t plan to do any additions, but we had to continue to monitor the injury situation,” Colangelo said. “Obviously this is a big loss. [Point guard] seems to be, at this point, still a pretty strong position. But at this stage, quite honestly, I think all bets are off.”

via Jerry Colangelo reconsiders expanding Team USA finalists after injuries – Sam Amick – SI.com.

It’s not surprising that they’re reconsidering. There will have to be more guard depth. LeBron James running point is fine for the NBA but with the quicker, smaller players available, you want James playing bigger (as Rudy Gay did) and need a real point guard. And they’re running out of available guys.

It certainly looks like there will be changes for Team USA in the future.

  1. slippyal2 - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    If I’m the players, I would want even minutes so none of them kill their legs. This was a tough schedule, and the Heat and Thunder are poised for a long playoff run. KD, LBJ, and D.Wade will need some recovery time.

  2. seanb20124 - Apr 29, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    John Wall? Good player bad team. rondo?

  3. tilllman40 - Apr 29, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    I’ll run point

  4. glink123 - Apr 29, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Rondo already said he won’t play.

  5. ahmiller21 - Apr 29, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Definitely Westbrook!!

  6. dal24la - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    This isn’t that hard imo:
    PG: CP3, Dwill, Westbrook
    SG: Kobe, Wade, Iggy, Harden

    I think all those guys but harden were already on the list so he is the only invite needed.

  7. marlin1894 - Apr 30, 2012 at 6:26 AM

    Does Tony Parker have dual citizenship?

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