Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Team USA is coming for our Blazers

I think we can all agree it would be very cool to see a Blazer out there representing Team USA Basketball in the Olympics someday. But what about three Blazers in the same Olympics? Either I am being an overly paranoid fan or there is nothing terrifying about the pillars of your (allegedly injury prone) team playing a ton of extra competitive basketball.

This is where I mention that Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Greg Oden have all been invited to train with Team USA this summer and compete for roster spots on the national team.

LaMarcus and Oden have both reciprocated interest and one would think Roy would relish the opportunity as well. The idea of three players from the same NBA team sounds a little far-fetched at first. I mean, does Colangelo love America or just really hate Portland? It seems like someone from the Blazers would want to step in and stop such a possibility from occurring. (Or would they? Would the resulting raised profile of the Blazers be worth the risk?) 

The potential incentive for Team USA would be having three players that already know how to play with each other. After all, getting unfamiliar players to operate as a cohesive unit is one of the biggest obstacles of the USA system. OK, this idea does make some sense. Now I really am terrified.

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