Team USA Optimism

Forum Blue and Gold likes what he's hearing about Team USA: namely that Kobe Bryant might be on the squad. There's also a thoughtful discussion of what it will take to make the 2008 American Olympic team a winner. Here's a highlight:

By the way, I don't buy into the "the USA team lacked fundamentals" argument. Yes, jump shooting is a fundamental, but the core of that argument is that USA players couldn't or wouldn't pass (Team USA led the Olympics in assists, and it wasn't close), had no idea how to play team ball (despite only being thrown together for that tournament) or that they didn't care. I think it was pretty clear they did if you watched the games, but the deck was stacked against them.