US Basketball Team Set

Blah Blah Blah we all know who’s on the team and we can sit here and talk about what bubble player should of made it, especially since there wasn’t even a try-out.

It really doesn’t matter when you have Kobe, BronBron, Melo and the Fundamental Bore that are gonna rack up at least 35 minutes if any game gets close.

But I’ve been fighting with myself about how this team will do.

Part of me thinks, hey it’s the dream team, how can they lose. But we obviously saw the embarassment in Athens where a bunch of millionaires thought they could roll over the world as one man shows.

That’s the other part of me. It’s a team of 12 superstars that is just waiting to collapse in a tight game when they go into Kobe-mode and need to get it done themselves.

But what I like about this team is that it actually has a couple of play-making point guards, unlike the Iversons and Stefan Marbury’s of the past.

No, it looks like it could be different this time around, as the starting point guard is looking like it’s going to be MVP candidate Chris Paul.

And Paul better be up to spreading the ball around, just like Rajon Rondo was able to do in Bean Town this year, or we could see one more clash of egos.

And as we all know, that clash of ego’s is just going to result in USA losing, and Kobe pulling a D3 Varsity Warriors move and throwing Tayshaun Prince’s clothes in the shower because he didn’t do a good enough job shining Kobe’s MVP trophy.

The last issue I have with this team is the coach. What? Just listen.

Yes I know Coach K is the legend. But what I always worry about with coaches jumping to the show is the difference of managing their players.

Coming from college to an NBA team means managing a bunch of hot shot kids, over to trying to tell full grown men that they need to work harder in practice when they would rather spend time with their families, or substitute wives, as they call them.

And that’s just to an NBA squad. This is the 12 biggest stars that the heartland has to offer.

Who knows, maybe I shouldn’t worry about it. After all it is the dream team.

I’ll just have stop being jealous and cheer for Samuel Dalembert. Go Canada Go.

Brent Sutter For 2010

Brent SutterNo, no, there won’t be an election called in 2010.

Having said that, Brent Sutter is not a candidate for Prime Minister of Canada, but he should be considered the prime candidate for the head coach of the 2010 men’s Olympic Ice Hockey team in Vancouver.

Right now, in his first NHL coaching job with the New Jersey Devils, his team is struggling a bit and that is understandable. New Jersey isn’t the powerhouse team they used to be, especially with departure of Scott Gomez and a defensive corps that is virtually unknown to all of the hockey world.

But the reason Sutter has been and should be the number one man for the job in 2010 is not necessarily his success at the NHL level, because the Olympics are not NHL hockey, despite having NHL players.

He should be considered the front runner for the job because of his success in international hockey and how he find ways to motivate his team when they are on the biggest stage in hockey. His coaching style is tough and players that have played for him at the international level have claimed that Sutter is a perfectionist.

Bam! Right there, that should be the big bold statement that says “Brent Sutter is the man for the job!

After the embarrassment of the 2006 Olympics, Hockey Canada needs a perfectionist to coach the men’s hockey team if they want to win again. Canada’s play in 2006 was sloppy and unmotivated and the way Sutter coaches will ensure that the 2010 team is the complete opposite of the disaster in ’06.

Not only is Sutter the right man for the job, but the players that are the front runners to make this team in 2010 are the right players for him to coach.

The candidates to play on the 2010 team seem to have a deadly combination of size, speed, skill and intensity. Not to mention that several of the candidates have played for Sutter while on Team Canada before, be it at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships or the Canada vs Russia Super Series in 2007.

The players that are being considered for 2010 all respect Sutter because he is tough, intense, fair and, most importantly, wants to win and that is what playing for Team Canada at an international competition is all about.

Bottom line: The way that Sutter coaches – from his attention to detail to how he motivates his players – is the best starting point for Team Canada to have success at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Drooling Over 2010

Vincent LecavalierSidney CrosbyDan HeatleyEvery few days, most noticeably after the Canucks lose, I get to thinking about how good Team Canada is going to be when the 2010 Olympics come.

Let’s take a look at how deep this team really is. First, we have the reigning NHL MVP, Art Ross and Lester B. Pearson award winner, Sidney Crosby. It’s flat out scary to think of how good he’s going to be in another three years. Right now, he’s one of, if not the best, passers in the game.

But who is he going to pass to? Well, there’s a few choices.

We could take our “number two center” Vincent Lecavalier (it’s really hard to call him that), who just happened to win the Maurice Rocket Richard trophy with 52 goals, and put him on the right side with Sid. And hey, let’s throw another 50-goal-scorer on the other side, um … Danny Heatley.

But we can’t just ice a team with one line of offence, to win gold you need secondary scoring.

Because of that, we’ll throw the previous season’s MVP in the middle, Joe Thornton. The 92 assist he put up last season should be enough to fulfill the second line center slot.

So who will he pass to? How about Calgary Flames’ winger Jarome Iginla, who hasn’t scored less than thirty goals in six seasons, and already won Gold with Canada in 2002.

But enough of this fantasizing.

Here’s how the Hockey Canada management should put together their/our team to bring the gold medal back where it belongs:

Vincent Lecavalier – Sidney Crosby (A) – Danny Heatley

Jarome Iginla (A) – Joe Thornton – Martin St. Louis

Rick Nash – Daniel Briere – Simon Gagne

Jordan Staal – Jason Spezza – Eric Staal

Marc Savard

Defence:

Dion Phaneuf – Sheldon Souray

Wade Redden – Chris Pronger (C)

Brian McCabe – Jay Bouwmeester

Kevin Bieksa

Goaltenders:

Roberto Luongo

Marc-Andre Fleury

Let’s just forget about that whole 2006 debacle, and just get it right this time, Canada