Tuesday , Aug , 26 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Larry Brown: Injuries, 9/11 Doomed Team USA in Previous Tourneys


Larry Brown: Injuries, 9/11 Doomed Team USA in Previous TourneysAccording to former Team USA coach Larry Brown, it comes down to one word: Commitment.

"The thing is they got guys that are willing to make a three-year commitment, which I think is tremendous," Brown said of this current Team USA. "We had guys that committed (for 2004) and then all of a sudden 9/11 happened, and then there were injuries."

The three-year commitment was designed to build unity and also to put the U.S. on equal footing with 2004 Olympic champ Argentina and other countries that don’t have as much talent as the U.S. but had surpassed Team USA in recent years with better teamwork and resolve.

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Is Larry’s argument legitimate or is he just looking to justify his failures?  Did national issues affect the national team?  Can he really blame injuries when other teams suffered the same problems?  Let us know what you think in the comment box below.