With Dwight Howard recovering from back surgery, Chris Bosh worried about re-aggravating his abdominal strain, and Anthony Davis recently tweaking his ankle, the USA Men’s Olympic Team is all of a sudden short of big men; literally and figuratively.
However, the ever composed Jerry Colangelo said that he’s not worried at all about the team’s lack of size.
He said, “I think what this does is open up the opportunity for a couple of these kids, young guys, to have a much better shot of making it. I think it’s a compliment or a testimony to our big-picture view of creating a national team roster that has great depth with a lot of talent. We’re not going to miss a beat here.”
For now, the Men’s team does have Tyson Chandler, Kevin Love, and Blake Griffin to man their frontcourt, however, only Tyson is Chandler is capable of protecting the paint with his shot blocking skills. That's why there have been recent reports of JaVale McGee and DeMarcus Cousins being linked to the Olympic Team.
But in all likelihood, the U.S. team may simply do what they did last year by putting Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, or Kevin Durant at the 4 spot to utilize their speed for their lack of size.