I apologize for the really lame title that is such a horrible connection to the great Beatles song, but then again, I don’t really care.
No one. No LeBron, Kobe, Wade or Melo. No CP3, CB1, or CB4 (which now is Boozer). Not a single player from the “Redeem Team” will be wearing the USA uniform this summer as part of the FIBA World Championships this August. Every excuse was given and everyone turned it down. Even after Managing Director Jerry Colangelo gave the ultimatum: if you don’t play on this team in August, you will not play in the next Olympics.
Either way, the did not come.
22 other players decided it was important enough to represent their country. And Minnesota Power Forward, Kevin Love, is one of them.
“It’s an honor to get selected to be one of the 22 players to try out for Team USA. Obviously you get to where ‘USA’ across your chest, three letters that mean a lot to everybody here. It’s a tremendous honor, but I think all of us are coming out here to compete for the big picture, the World Championships in August, and then hopefully in 2012 playing in London.”
Love’s game is very much suited for international competition where big man are more focused on finesse and skill rather then size and strength. Love fits the bill as player who is an excellent passer, an elite rebounder and has a an ever expanding perimeter game.
ESPN’s Ric Bucher recently tweeted that:
KLove could be a major factor for Team USA. Has all the internat’l big-man tools, including 3-pt range, aka Brad Miller on ’98 squad.
This season will be Love’s most important. Heading into his third season, many are looking for Love to be a starter. But with the arrival of Michael Bealsey, it is unclear how head coach Kurt Rambis will use Love.
But for the time being, Love is focused on representing his country. You gotta Love that – sorry, I couldn’t help myself.