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Krzyzewski faces his toughest mission ever - Aug 19, 2014


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MOHAMED RAMADAN
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Mike Krzyzewski would face his toughest tournament ever during this year world cup in Spain. The US team faced hard times during it's training camp with the sudden withdrawal of their best player Kevin Durant and the injury of Paul George.

He has wisely chosen the most explosive and dynamic back court in this world cup that can compliment each other well. One of his main tasks is establishing a high level of chemistry between them.

The likes of James Harden and Stephen Curry are expected to lead the team. It's a smart move by shifting both Curry to the shooting guard spot and moving Harden to the small forward position. Harden is no doubt the most creative player on the team as still Derrick Rose needs time to recover his form. I don't expect Rose to have a major impact but would perform better a game after the other.

In the paint, Anthony Davis has all the tools to be a super star in the NBA; a very dominant player. He's a perfect fit with Kenneth Faried who would wrestle other centers while allowing Davis to block more shots which worked really well against Brazil allowing Davis to block 5 shots. This tandem would be similar to what Oklahoma City Thunder is doing who traded for Kendrick Perkins to play beside Serge Ibaka and since that time Ibaka turned to be the best shot blocker in the NBA.

Despite the high level of talent available for the US team in the paint still there is a risk as most of the selected Centers and Power forwards in this squad never played a single minute in the NBA playoffs; never played under a real pressure compared to the experience of their main rivals Spain with the availability of the Gasol brothers and Ibaka, also don't forget their home court advantage.

Remember the performance of Lamar Odom in 2010 world cup. His NBA winning caliber was one of the important factors in winning the championship. Odom who played out of his position as a starting center, lead the team in rebounding and had 2 double doubles in both the semi final and final exactly when the team needed it. The same with veteran PG Chauncey Billups who was the second leading scorer after Durant.

Those type of players are very valuable for the young core on and off the court and they would have been the best support for Coach Krzyzewski specially after the absence of Durant and the catastrophic injury of Paul George. It was a good decision to bring back Rudy Gay; he will add much needed leadership and experience.

Kevin Durant's sudden withdrawal from the US team training camp puts a lot of pressure on his coach and teammates. This decision has really negative effects on the team. It was better for him to follow his teammate Westbrook who with drew from the beginning.

If the American team win this championship without Durant, and other NBA super stars it can be the most exciting title in their history. The players must focus 100% on winning and give all their best to their country.
  




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FIBA Americas Standings
Group C
 1. Argentina 7-1 
 2. Canada 7-1 
 3. Mexico 7-1 
 4. P.Rico 4-4 
 5. Venezuela 4-4 
 6. Uruguay 2-6 
 7. Panama 2-6 
 8. Dominican R. 2-6 
Group Places 9-10
 1. Brazil 1-3 
 2. Cuba 0-4 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Luis SCOLA
  ARG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Scola, ARG21.1 
 2. Barea, PUR20.3 
 3. Rivero, CUB18.8 
 4. Ayon, MEX17.7 
 5. Nocioni, ARG16.7 
 6. Benite, BRA16.0 
 7. Wiggins, CAN15.1 
 8. Sosa, DOM15.1 
 9. Fitipaldo, URU13.8 
 10. Vieira, BRA13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gustavo AYON
  MEX
  (207-C/F-85)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Ayon, MEX12.4 
 2. Scola, ARG10.1 
 3. Nocioni, ARG9.0 
 4. Justiz, CUB8.3 
 5. Olynyk, CAN7.5 
 6. Haiti, CUB7.3 
 7. Calfani, URU6.9 
 8. Lloreda, PAN6.8 
 9. Garces, PAN6.6 
 10. Rivero, CUB6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jose Juan BAREA
  PUR
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Barea, PUR6.3 
 2. Campazzo, ARG5.9 
 3. Joseph, CAN5.7 
 4. Stoll, USA4.7 
 5. Laprovittola, ARG4.5 
 6. Vargas, VEN4.4 
 7. Fitipaldo, URU4.1 
 8. Gutierrez, MEX3.9 
 9. Freire Luz, ESP3.8 
 10. Feldeine, DOM3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Renaldo BALKMAN
  USA
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Balkman, USA1.6 
 2. Benite, BRA1.5 
 3. Vargas, VEN1.5 
 4. Barea, PUR1.5 
 5. Gutierrez, MEX1.4 
 6. Campazzo, ARG1.4 
 7. Vieira, BRA1.3 
 8. Ayon, MEX1.3 
 9. Valdez, CUB1.3 
 10. Lewis, USA1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Augusto LIMA
  BRA
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Lima, BRA1.3 
 2. Pomare, USA1.3 
 3. Rivero, CUB1.3 
 4. Ayon, MEX1.2 
 5. Balkman, USA1.1 
 6. Justiz, CUB1.0 
 7. Newsome, USA1.0 
 8. Olynyk, CAN0.9 
 9. Scola, ARG0.9 
 10. Nocioni, ARG0.8 
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