Is Team USA Big Enough to Win Gold?
Many fans and media members have immediately seized on the fact that the 12-man roster has just one true center — (Tyson) Chandler — as the team’s greatest weakness.
Indeed, if there is one injury absence that hurts this team the most, it’s that of Dwight Howard. It’s easier to sustain the loss of Derrick Rose when both (Chris) Paul and (Deron) Williams are ready, willing and able to run the show, and (Russell) Westbrook is on call behind them. You can get by without Dwyane Wade if (Kobe) Bryant, Westbrook and (James) Harden can provide backcourt scoring, and (Andre) Iguodala can be selectively employed as a defensive specialist. But Howard’s absence does leave a hole and Team USA isn’t able to call on the rehabilitating LaMarcus Aldridge to help fill it, either.
With that said, Team USA has been adamant that the current roster won’t be lacking in the interior. In addition to Chandler, who happens to be the NBA’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year, USA plans to employ Kevin Love as a makeshift five. What Love lacks in quickness and length, he makes up for in big-time rebounding ability and outlet passing. He also is a match-up nightmare, thanks to his range on offense.