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Does Tayshaun belong?


Although it won’t be officiallly announced until Monday, it’s been made a known fact that Tayshaun Prince was selected for the United States Olympic team over the Hornets’ Tyson Chandler.  ESPN’s Chris Sheridan thinks that the brains behind Team USA made the wrong selection.  If Sheridan had argued that Chandler is a better player than Prince, then I think he’d have a better argument.  I’m sill not sure that he’d be right, but Chandler does happen to be one of the best rebounders and shot blockers in the NBA and he can get up and down the floor as fast or faster than any big man in the world.  Not a bad guy to have on the team.  Sheridan’s reasoning, though, is that they aren’t taking enough size with them to China and the three-man post rotation of Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh and Carlos Boozer isn’t enough to contend with the foreign bigs that will be looking to draw fouls.  I disagree.

I think that this roster gives the United States their best chance at a gold medal since they last won one at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.  Why?  Because of the versatility that they’ve put together with this roster – the main reason that they’re bringing Prince along.  While it might be true that they are only taking those three NBA big men, Team USA has the luxury of having guys who can play the 4 in international basketball.  Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James are more dominant players with the ball in their hands and defending on the perimeter in the NBA.  But, they have the bodies to defend the power forward position at the international level and the offensive game to thrive as a “4” under these rules. 

One of the many things that has killed the Americans in the last three World Championships and Olympics is their poor fundamentals on the offensive end and tendency to get bogged down in half court sets with poor passing and lack of movement.  This versatility that they’re stockpiling will eliminate that problem.  By playing Carmelo or especially LeBron James at the international equivalent of the power forward spot, they’ve placed one of the best passers and all around unstoppable players on the planet to their achilles heel position – without giving up any size.  Just picture a lineup of Chris Paul at the point, Dwight Howard inside, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade on the perimeter, all running the offense through a passing point forward like LeBron James.  It gives me a sports boner.  The only way that lineup could be stopped was if martians came down and sucked all of the talent out of NBA Players and then made Team USA play with Looney Tunes.  And, if they want to contend this time, they better make sure they take Jordan’s talent too and leave Shawn Bradley alone.

Basically, Chris Sheridan is wrong.  Or at least I think so.  Tyson Chandler might be a stud and just as good as Tayshaun Prince.  But, if there is anyone on this roster that he should be replacing, it’s Carlos Boozer.  Tayshaun brings versatility and versatility is going to finally bring us another gold medal.  Now, if we could just find a way to replace that rat of a coach.

Article written by Thomas Beisner

10 responses to “Does Tayshaun belong?”

  1. RKA

    See what he thinks about Tayshaun when he drops about 30 on Sudan.

  2. Band Of BlueCats

    Off subject but Leonard Washington signed with USC and Malik Story committed to Indiana so we can put all that to rest.

  3. Mr. Bentley

    first of all, why the picture of sheed?

    While I do believe this team is the best in years, Sheridan does have a point (i havent read the article, but the need for a big.) And its not the offense he worries about but the defense. Prince does have all the versatility you talk about and can guard positions 1-4 but its the fifth he’s worried about. If the bigs pick up quick fouls its nice to bring another off the bench. Tay (and bosh to a lesser extent) will have trouble guarding bangers down low. plus they have a number of wing defenders.

    That said, congrats to Tay! I know we are all proud of him and I’m sure they’ll bring home the gold. This team wants it bad. I can’t wait til august I need my hoops fix!

  4. Mr. Bentley

    first of all, why the picture of sheed?

    While I do believe this team is the best in years, Sheridan does have a point (i havent read the article, but the need for a big.) And its not the offense he worries about but the defense. Prince does have all the versatility you talk about and can guard positions 1-4 but its the fifth he’s worried about. If the bigs pick up quick fouls its nice to bring another off the bench. Tay (and bosh to a lesser extent) will have trouble guarding bangers down low. plus they have a number of wing defenders.

    That said, congrats to Tay! I know we are all proud of him and I’m sure they’ll bring home the gold and he will represent us in the best way. This team wants it bad. I can’t wait til august I need my hoops fix!

  5. Mr. Bentley

    *oops

    /fades into the distance now

  6. GoCats

    If the reason that the US team does not win the gold is because tayshaun was the 12TH man instead of Chandler then I don’t think we were meant to win anyway. The U.S. didn’t win the gold the last 2 times because we had TOO MANY big men and no one on the team could shoot. The difference will be how well Kobe, Wade, and Michael Redd shoot. The MVP of the US olympic team will be Lebron. He will be driving to the basket and getting to the free throw line any time he tries against these teams.
    Congratulations Tayshaun. I would not expect him to average more than 5-6 points and maybe 4-5 rebounds but I promise that he will help this team.

  7. UKisKing8

    ESPN=National Enquirer of Sports

    Mickey Mouse owns them

  8. F. B. I.

    If we played a team from Iraq and Tay-Tay started raining threes, would it be in bad taste to play “Bombs over Baghdad” by Outkast on the loudspeaker? I’m just sayin…

  9. TBoogie

    I think it should be noted that both Tyson Chandler and Tay were teammates in high school at Dominguez in Compton. Hell of a program.

    I think Chandler was a frosh when Tay was a senior.