Ever since NBA players began participating in the Summer Olympics, Men's Basketball has become one of America's most dominant sports. I will never forget the 1992 "Dream Team." However, the talent pool available for the 2012 U.S. Men's Basketball team just got smaller.
Fresh off of winning the NBA Finals, Dwyane Wade recently announced he will need knee surgery and will miss the 2012 Summer Olympics. Wade's injury leaves 17 players competing for 12 roster spots. More importantly, there are seven pure guards who could make the U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball team. One of those guards is Eric Gordon.
As a New Orleans Hornets fan, it is incredible to think that two of our players could make the U.S. Men's Basketball team. Besides Eric Gordon, the Hornets' first overall draft pick Anthony Davis is also a finalist to be an Olympian. Right now, my "New Orleans Hornets Olympics jersey" collection only has one item (Chris Paul in 2008).
As exciting as it is to think about Eric Gordon playing in the Olympics, I am also a bit apprehensive about this development. In the past, Gordon has had trouble staying healthy. Last year in New Orleans, Eric Gordon only played in nine games. Ironically, Gordon also had knee surgery like Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade will be having.
The six other pure guards competing against Eric Gordon to make the U.S. Olympics Men's Basketball team are Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams. Even without Dwyane Wade, this is still an impressive collection of basketball talent at the guard position.
I think the Hornets guard can beat out James Harden. However, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul are locks. Even Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams will be hard to beat. It may depend on how many guards head coach Mike Krzyzewski decides to bring to the 2012 Summer Olympics. In 2008, six guards made the team.
It is amazing to think that after such a difficult 2011-12 season, the New Orleans Hornets could have two of the 12 players on the greatest Men's Basketball team in the world. I don't know if I'll be spending more time cheering for Team USA at the Summer Olympics or praying that Eric Gordon and Anthony Davis don't get hurt.
Patrick Michael was born in New Orleans and currently resides in the Big Easy. A loyal New Orleans NBA fan, Patrick was a diehard New Orleans Jazz fan and now cheers for the Hornets. Patrick was in attendance the night the Hornets were one win away from the Western Conference Finals. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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