Souhan: 'Amazing' Love and his team belong in Rio -- at any age

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 12, 2012 - 11:29 PM
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acoustic470Aug. 12, 1211:08 PM

And would Mr. Souhan care to rank Love on a list of greatest athletes of all-time? I mean, if he's adding defense to his world-class rebounding and H-O-R-S-E skills, then it stands to reason...

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rickradio11Aug. 12, 1211:24 PM

Love (USA) Gold Medal--tough down the stretch; Kirilenko (RUS) Bronze Medal--tough down the stretch; and, Shved (RUS) Bronze Medal--tough down the stretch. Let's do a little Jeopardy! style quiz. Answer: two teams in the NBA have three or more players that earned medals in the 2012 Olympics. Question: who are the Thunder (Durant*, Westbrook*, Ibaka, and Harden*), and the Timberwolves (Love*, Kirilenko, and Shved). Over and out.

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FireballR22Aug. 13, 12 2:21 AM

Good call, Rick, and if Rubio had played, there would have been four Wolves, and the way Spain went at it today, the addition of Rubio may have meant Gold for Spain. It was really a fine tournament, I thought, and it's amazing to see that virtually every country in the Olympics has an NBA player or two...or more...on their squad.

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tribcommentAug. 13, 12 7:41 AM

Thanks for this article. I couldn't believe the lack of "love" for Love from the announcers. The only rebounder on the team. The only guy to play tough post D. Heck, he did better than Chandler vs. the Gasols!! Got them in foul trouble, slowed down Pau when he got hot. Toughest player on the team bar none.

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iantruitnerAug. 13, 1210:37 AM

Actually basketball was invented by a Canadian. Professional ice hockey was invented in America. Two of the great ironies in the history of humankind.

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weswongAug. 13, 12 4:48 PM

rickradio11 - actually, your question should include "Who are the Spurs (Parker, Ginobili, Diaw, Splitter, Mills, de Colo)" and Knicks (Melo, Chandler, Prigioni). One could make an argument for the Clippers as well (Paul, Turiaf, and B.Griffin was on the original US roster). Could be some more for all I know. Not trying to hate, just observing that the NBA is incredibly diverse; a lot of players who you think otherwise are actually not from the US.

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yathinksoAug. 13, 12 6:22 PM

Team USA played like a bunch of individuals. Anything but a team.

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comment229Aug. 13, 12 6:52 PM

It was obvious in the first games, and pointed out by more than one sportscaster, what are the most important parts of the olympic game. Specifically, several VERY good bigs are needed and also several guards who shoot threes. One thing I did notice this year, more than any, is that the world teams now have the ability to find the "open man" for the three.

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comment229Aug. 13, 12 6:56 PM

PS. The rest of the world has now caught up to the USA in hoops. Changes need to be made before Rio in 2016. Suggestion: The players need to play more pre-olympic games together. It is not just good enough to show up and use play ground basketball to win. As some have pointed out, if Spain had had Rubio, we might have been wearing silver, not gold.

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rickradio11Aug. 13, 12 7:22 PM

weswong: I was only including players who won medals. Yes, the Spurs had six players in the Olympics but none of them played for one of the three medal-winning teams (U.S., Spain, and Russia). Only two of the three Knicks in Olympics medaled: Melo and Chandler. Prigoni's Argentine squad did not medal.As for the Clippers, Turiaf's French squad was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Spain. I believe every Olympic team except Tunisia and Angola had at least one current NBA player.

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