Wednesday , Aug , 22 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Keys To Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, & Team USA Winning

On the one hand, it’s crazy to offer tips to a successful sideline boss like Coach Kryzyzewski. It’s like lecturing Kanye West on how to produce records or giving David Beckham’s people suggestions on marketing. On the other hand, Team USA came up short in last year’s World Championships and it’s also what sports journalists do …

CNNSI’s Chris Mannix lists four keys to Team USA the winning the Americas Tournament:

1) Play Your Shooters: coach Mike Krzyzewski has two of the NBA’s most dangerous three-point shooters in Michael Redd (career 39.2 percent) and Mike Miller (39.8 percent). Coach K also has a proven clutch shooter in Chauncey Billups, who also has the potential to extend or break a zone defense and open up the floor for the slashers.

2) Don’t Fall In Love With Star Power: Krzyzewski needs to focus on finding the most effective lineups and not worry about who is the more talented player.

3) Play Jason Kidd: There is a reason Kidd is 28-0 in international play — he’s unselfish, a tremendous game manager and a respectable shooter. No one on the roster has comparable skills. With Kidd on the floor, players will likely find themselves with layups in situations where they would ordinarily be stuck taking jump shots.

4) Let Kobe Be Kobe: Bryant has proved time and again that he is capable of making circus shots on a regular basis. Don’t rein him in.

My Quick Take: On the one hand, it’s crazy to offer tips to a successful sideline boss like Coach Kryzyzewski. It’s like lecturing Kanye West on how to produce records or giving David Beckham’s people suggestions on marketing. On the other hand, Team USA fell short in last year’s World Championships and it’s also what sports journalists do.

I like Mannix’s four keys. He nailed a lot of the important stuff, especially with his take on Kidd. The future Hall of Famer is an old school throwback. Like Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, he can dominate games without taking a single shot.

However, CNNSI slept-on some important points. Below I have listed off four other keys to Team USA winning the Americas Tournament.

5) Let LeBron Facilitate: is at his best when involving his court. The unselfish superstar must involve teammates by acting as a facilitator.

6) Don’t Worry So Much About Positions: The NBA focuses on positional play, while the international game focuses on playing the best players. Coach K needs a point guard, two wings, and two posts. That’s it. They must avoid getting wrapped-up in traditional positions like center, power forward, small forward, and shooting guard.

7) Know Your Role: Even with role players and specialists in training camp, Team USA is stocked with stars. And some of these stars will have to accept a reduced role.

8) Ignore the Refs: In the past, Team  USA has become frustrated with FIBA refs. Right or wrong, nobody is going to cut Goliath a break.

What do you see as the key to Team  USA winning the FIBA Americas Tournament? Get at us in the comment box below with your thoughts.

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