Jerry Colangelo Rumors
“Back in ’04 as I watched where we were, USA Basketball, some of the other countries really had togetherness, like Argentina, like Spain. That was something I thought we needed to develop. So developing a national team concept, stating that we had to change our culture and to see where we are, it makes you feel very good. There was a plan. Right now we’re on a roll.” Colangelo said USA Basketball is seeking sites to play five “friendly” games before going to Rio de Janeiro. He is heading to the Olympic city and said he is concerned about the playing conditions just 11 months before the start of the Games.
Colangelo said he received e-mails and text messages from Team USA players thanking him for the August camp in Las Vegas. “What we’re experiencing is something very, very special,” Colangelo said. “It’s a good position to be in, but there’s a responsibility to maintain and keep it going in the right direction. For now, things couldn’t be better. We’re in a countdown and the variable for us will be before the selection process — we hope and pray there aren’t injuries to take people out of it automatically. “These guys all want to be a part of it and they understand there’s going to be a certain amount of turnover each competition. It’s a very elite group who eventually gets selected.”
“We are going to select our 12 members of the squad probably in June, before we even go to camp. We don’t want players to feel embarrassed that they were cut or weren’t one of the final selections. “Some guys have said to me, ‘What do I have to do to make this team?’ I said, ‘All you’ve got to do is have the best year you’ve ever had with your team. That’s what you need to do.’ So it’s incentive for all the players on our national team roster to have great years. That’s good for the [NBA].”
While Rose’s decision to opt out of Team USA competition may benefit him in the future as he continues to build his confidence back up, his playing career for the national team appears to be over. While Colangelo didn’t come out and say it, Rose’s absence, combined with injury concerns, and the talent pool within USA Basketball which includes guards like, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry and Chris Paul, all of whom were in attendance Tuesday, indicates that Rose’s time with Team USA is over. “Anyone who’s not here, who had been invited, which was not mandated, but it was a request and mandatory to be here to be considered going forward — those who made a choice not to, I respect, but then we have to move on,” Colangelo said.