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From Foes to Friends: NBA Players Must Now Come Together For a Good Cause

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Now that the NBA Playoffs are done, it is time for NBA superstars to come together for a better cause, that is Team USA. Over the past few months, NBA teams such as the Boston Celtics, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Utah Jazz, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the San Antonio Spurs, and more, have been battling it out in amazing games to prove who is the best team in the NBA. Now that the battle is over, players from many of these teams and other teams in the NBA will have to shake hands, train together, and work together to take on the world in Beijing this August.

The Summer Olympics is an event that happens every four years. The most exciting part of the Summer Olympics for me is the basketball tournament. I remember watching the Dream Team of 1992 as they took on the world in basketball. With players like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, and Patrick Ewing, the basketball Dream Team tore apart the competition and won the gold medal. Since then, basketball has become a more wide spread sport making it more difficult for Team USA to win the gold in the recent Olympics.

The NBA has many stars now that are not from the United States. Stars such as Yao Ming and Pau Gasol will play for their native countries during the Olympics while Team USA will feature some of their own team mates. So, how will NBA stars such as Kobe Bryant feel when he has to play along with his opponents in order to defeat his teammate Pau Gasol? Will NBA players be able to make the adjust of turning opponents into teammates and teammates into opponents?

The final 12 man lineup for Team USA that will compete in the 2008 Olympics has recently been announced. The roster features:

  • LeBron James
  • Tayshaun Prince
  • Carlos Boozer
  • Carmello Anthony
  • Dwight Howard
  • Chris Bosh
  • Jason Kidd
  • Chris Paul
  • Deron Williams
  • Kobe Bryant
  • Michael Redd
  • Dwyane Wade

These players all come from different teams, with the exception of Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams which both play for the Utah Jazz. Nearly all of them played in the 2008 NBA Playoffs as well. So, they must now come together as one team with one goal, to win the gold in Beijing. Can they do it? I think that they will do alright, but they are definitely not a team that is comparable to the Dream Team of 1992. I wish them all the best of luck in their journey to China as will be cheering for them every game. Go Team USA! 

Wade Boden is the Artwork Director for Robbins Sports, an online vendor of Basketball Uniforms, Portable Basketball Goals, and Basketballs.