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Anthony Davis “long shot” to make U.S. Olympic Team

Jun 4, 2012, 7:53 PM EST

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Anthony Davis got the Golden Ticket, the invite to the ball — he got an invite to the USA Basketball Training Camp. He got in the door due to injuries — Dwight Howard is out, LaMarcus Aldridge may well be out and Team USA could use some size to deal with the Spanish front line.

But don’t expect him to make the team.

That’s not me talking. From the Lexington Herald-Leader (via SLAM).

Jerry Colangelo, the man who leads this country’s effort in international basketball, saysAnthony Davis is a “long shot” to make the United States’ Olympic team this summer. “Because of inexperience and etc., etc,” he said.

Yet, Davis, who turned 19 in March, might be a long shot that pays off, the USA Basketball chairman added in a telephone interview last week.

“He’s not a guard competing for a guard position where we’re reasonably deep,” Colangelo said in appraising Davis’ chances to making the U.S. team.

Davis probably will not make it, the USA can go with Tyson Chandler at it’s starting five and in international ball get away with guys like Kevin Love at center. Davis can certainly bring the defense but his offensive game isn’t nearly on par with the rest of the guys, not yet anyway. But the USA is not deep along the front line and one more injury could see Davis playing.

When Carmelo Anthony spoke with the AP about the Olympics today, he said the USA’s ability to overcome injuries would be key.

“Injuries, man. Injuries is doing it all,” Anthony said Monday…

“For me, I’m just happy that I can be a part of it again,” the New York Knicks forward said. “The guys that I’ve talked to that will participate are definitely excited about this opportunity, another opportunity to go over there and get a gold medal.”

We’ll see if Davis gets to be one of those guys this time around.

  1. mytthor - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    When your offensive game isn’t on par with Tyson Chandler, that’s saying something.

  2. anhdazman - Jun 5, 2012 at 6:58 AM

    Hahaha, now that’s pretty funny.

  3. 11jlacy - Jun 5, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    This kid need to be on the squad period.

  4. sham13ert - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    He really only has to go to one workout, but this summer he’ll need to participate in the Hornets Summer league, go to draft seminars where players learn not to do what Michael Beasley does, and generally get in full on training mode.

    He’d offer something defensively, but this team could go with Chandler and Love as the centers and be fine. Especially when they’ve shown in the past that they like to run Lebron and Melo at the 4. To make for some super quick lineups with the ability to have 4-5 players that have range.

    Davis just lacks the experience of banging in the post. You could bring in Javale McGee and he’s pretty much the same thing with more experience against big men.

    Nothing against Davis, it’s just that he’s been playing against 18, 19, and 20 y/o’s that play basketball in between classes.

  5. teehov843 - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    I agree. Davis needs to be on this team. I hope they don’t select Blake Griffin over him. Davis can change the game defensively for Team USA. Blocked shots will lead to plenty transition points with LeBron, Wade, Durant, CP3, Westbrook etc. He’s gotta be on this team!!

  6. gcbball3 - Jun 7, 2012 at 4:45 AM

    Griffin will be on the squad he’s Americas sweetheart whether u like it or not I think Blake actually will do very well for this squad, he fits the international style, also before d rose got hurt he would have been on this squad as well but I hate to break all of is crazed fans hearts that would have been a bad move. Don’t get me wrong Derrick is fantastic I love him he’s top 3 in the league behind Durant and lebron sorry Kobe you are still top 7 but nothing more you’re past your prime. Anyways roses injury is a blessing in disguise for Jerry co Angelo and here’s why. With the Olympic squad you need a pass first pg your true point guards, and the top two American true points are chris Paul the best pg in the league yes I said it d rose is still a top 3 player in. This league but cp3 is the best point and right on his heels and could be passing him any day now is deron Williams, after that you simply have to put the vet Kidd as the number 3 point due to his experience and if they don’t want the old timer whoa whoa whoa I’m sorry let’s not forget rondo he has to be on the squad he Williams and Paul are the top 3 true points in the league the next best 5 and minus Kidd should all be winning us gold medals in the next few years are kyrie Irving, jermey Lin, steph curry George hill and Mike conley jr. I leave off Westbrook bc for the u.s. Squad he should be a two I leave off john wall bc see rose as well as tyreke Evans, and kyle Lowry, wow Look at all .the depth and talent at pg in the league and that’s not counting Tony Parker Steve Nash Ricky Rubio or point guards coming into the league like Kendall Marshall tyshawn Taylor. Teague from Kentucky, And then in two years Aaron craft my boy from osu the best defender in the country and a true leader watch out mba

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