The USA Basketball team has selected its squad for the Summer Games in London and one NBAer is very upset at the selection process.
And he sort of has a point.
Detroit Pistons forward/center Greg Monroe feels slighted that he wasn't even selected for the USA Select Team.
Monroe is a solid player, but I see why he didn't make the Olympic squad but the Select Team is another story.
Bryan Colangelo made questionable choices for the Select Team such as seldom used Boston Celtics center Greg Stiemsma (2.9 PPG and 3.2 RPG) and New Orleans Hornets forward Lance Thomas, who had to sign two 10 day contracts this season with the Hornets.
"No disrespect to those guys, looking at the Select Team roster, I felt like I should've been on there," Monroe said. "That's just the confidence I have in myself."
The Select Team is formed to scrimmage against the US National Team and they potentially have an edge to make a future Olympic squad.
"If I can't get on the Select Team (this year), I'm not expecting to be on the team in 2016," Monroe said of his snub. "I'm not going to sit here and wait. There's much more things I have to worry about here in Detroit and getting this team where it needs to be."
According to sources close to the teams, the New Orleans Hornets have agreed to trade Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza to the Washington Wizards for Rashard Lewis and the #46 pick in the NBA Draft.
This trade bolsters the Wizards defensive prowess and gives them yet another big man to help out Nene, who was brought in midseason from the Denver Nuggets.
The Hornets plan on waiving Rashard Lewis before July 1 to shed the team of $10 million of the $24 million that Lewis is owed next season. The move also bolsters the teams chances of re-signing Eric Gordon, the best player received in the Chris Paul trade.
The Hornets are almost assured to pick Anthony Davis of Kentucky as the number one overall pick. Okafor's departure opens up a spot and minutes on the Hornets starting lineup.
On today's "The Jim Rome Show". Rome's guest was NBA Commissioner David Stern and Rome asked him whether or not the NBA Draft Lottery was rigged since the league owned New Orleans Hornets won. So, naturally, Stern had this retort:
Jim Rome really gets under people's skin, but this statement by David Stern was way out of line. If the NBA Lottery really wasn't rigged, then Stern should have just calmly said no. Instead, he decided to go for the low blow and accuse Jim Rome for beating his wife (Rome has never been arrested for beating his wife and seems to be just an urban legend).
Rome deserves credit for handling the statement so calmly and didn't resort to just hanging up.
David Stern needs to apologize for this outrageous statement. Stern ended the heated call by saying that he needed to take a call from Stephen A. Smith. Good luck trying to get a word out edgewise.
By the way, the NBA Lottery is absolutely fixed.
Mitch Kupchak is rumored to be thinking about swapping Pau Gasol for the Celtics' Rajon Rondo.
The C's have tried to move their point guard in the past, trying to acquire Chris Paul from the Hornets before the Clippers picked him up.
The Lakers are in the market for a point guard and word has it that the Celtics think highly of second year point guard Avery Bradley that Gasol could fill the void left behind by Rondo.
The Lakers have been trying to get a point guard since the voided trade witht he Hornets that briefly made Chris Paul a Laker.
The Celtics are considering rebuilding and Gasol would be the big man they need, but giving up your franchise point guard for Gasol is a calculated risk.
If this trade does happen, it would be advantage Lakers.