An 18-man roster consideration forthe U.S. men's basketball team for the2012Summer Gameswill be decided byJan. 18,but there's a twist. According to an ESPN report the new team will combine rosters from the 2008 Olympic team and the 2010 FIBA Wolrd Championships team that won gold.What does this mean? Chicago Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer will be ruled out of consideration and Los Angles Clippers forward Blake Griffin will be the only fresh face on the squad. Those up for consideration will include Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Angthony. The report also said that those ruled out will not only include Boozer but Tayshaun Prince, Michael Reed and Jason Kidd. Chairman of USA Basketball's Board of Directors Jerry Colangelo told ESPN, "We have so much talent right now, the pool is extraordinary. We've created a situation where players now desire to be a part of it and so now we have a different set of issues. Now we have more playes than a roster can call for." The final 12-man roster and six alternates will be submitted by June 18. What do you think of the new policy? If you were in charge, who wouldyou want onthe U.S. Olympic team?
Bulls shooting guard Zach LaVine has had a great and busy offseason. He had some grueling workouts with his father, supported his teammates during NBA Summer League and even took some batting practice with former NL MVP Kris Bryant. But the best part of LaVine’s busy offseason was a very, very cool gift from his parents.
‘68 Pontiac LeMans as a gift from Mom&Dad. It’s MEAN😤 https://t.co/IV018KDwxF— Zach LaVine (@ZachLaVine) July 17, 2019
LaVine’s mom and dad gifted him a 1968 Pontiac LeMans, a rare and very collectible vehicle.
Bulls fans were first exposed to LaVine’s love of classic cars last season when he discussed his infatuation with the stable of classic vehicles owned by Jabari Parker.
With his ‘68 Pontiac LeMans now in tow, LaVine is well on his way to amassing his own impressive collection. He has a reputation in league circles for being an extremely hard worker already but there is no doubt that this awesome gift from his parents will serve as a little extra motivation as the 2019-20 season nears.
On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, Mark Schanowski and Kevin Anderson are joined by SB Nation’s Ricky O’Donnell
0:50 Ricky on his Top 11 players from NBA Summer League story and why Coby White was 11th
2:45 Realistic expectations for White next season
3:40 Will Kris Dunn be on opening night roster?
4:55 Mark disagrees with Ricky on where White will be in the rotation
7:10 On Chandler Hutchison and his role
9:50 Could LaVine see minutes at the small forward spot?
11:00 On Daniel Gafford and his summer league performance
15:20 On Bulls 2019-20 win total over/under at 30.5
16:55 Which team in the East can the Bulls overtake and make the playoffs?
22:00 Going over the western conference and which teams have realistic championship potential
Editor’s note: Kevin stated he thinks Portland has the best healthy backcourt in the NBA right now completely forgetting about Russ and Harden. He regrets the error.
29:30 The short list of contenders in the East
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