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Team USA Ready For Rio

One day to go!

No King for the throne. No Chef for the kitchen. James Harden, Kawhi Leonard and Chris Paul not joining the carnival. Russell Westbrook definitly staying put in his Oklahoma home. Damian Lillard, Blake Griffin, Anthony Davis and John Wall not wanting to risk adding a Zika virus to their respective medical list of injuries. Even Spaniard Spurs star Pau Gasol is freezing his sperm due to the risk of infection.

There will be a lot of torch bearers not carrying the flag for their country in tomorrows ceremony to open the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, but this is more out of a sense of protection than a lack of patrioism. And don’t worry Team USA is still loaded with some Dream Team talent. And we’re not just talking about the WNBA pedigree of legends and new superstars from Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi and Tamika Catchings to Elena Della Donne, Maya Moore and Brittany Griner leading the female front. Here’s a deeper look at the 12 man roster that has started by blowing out five tune up games getting ready for the same number of rings.

Guards…

Toronto’s very own DeMar Derozan and Kyle Lowry will take their Rap Pack from the North to South America as the Canadian court couple now represent these Unites States for the Summer. But taking the Kings throne it will be Cavalier Prince Kyrie Irving-originally of Australia-who will be leading the charge from Basketball’s Q.B. position at P.G. Serving the dance floor as he breaks it down to the human torch likes of Klay Thompson set to splash on the other side of the Pacific.

Forwards…

Joining his brother Draymond Green in a loaded frontcourt with new family member Kevin Durant who made the biggest decision of his life this Summer as he became a free man. And distant relative Harrison Barnes who now with Dallas wants to prove to the Golden State Warriors and the league that he is even more of a Maverick than they thought. Now hows that for a big three without Steph Curry? Well if that isn’t enough for you than there is always most improved superstar and Chicago Bulls charge leader Jimmy Butler at your service. Not to mention injury redeemed Paul George more than keeping pace like the Indiana piece of basketball jones does with first name Hancocks. And then of course there’s the most experienced player in this future of the league team, the alpha, scoring superstar Carmelo Anthony who has been more of a consecutive, consistent Olympian than anyone in his generation and will serve as the unoffical leader and elder statesman of this basketball dozen.

Centres…

Now in the middle of it all, although Dray will also have his Green day upfront when this Suicide Squad runs a death line-up on the rest of the world it’s all about the two De’s, Marcus and Andre. Who needs Draymond in the middle when DeMarcus Cousins can trash talk himself all the way to the podium, still running his motor as they raise the flag. Whereas in the absence of the flying Griffin, Lob City runway, running mate DeAndre Jordan will catch air and put down everything thrown his way…hopefully free throws too.

That’s a lot for Dukie Mike Krzyzewski to dry-erase before Coach K hands the clipboard to Pop for the 2020 games in Tokyo, Japan. But with Christ the Redeemer watching this former redeem team redefine what it means to dream you know this squad will have a devil of a time in Rio de Janeiro…as long as they pay attention to the details. This is a place built on skill and passion and if you don’t build on yours than you won’t make it to the summit of the podium where gold gleams like that eternal flame.

One day to Rio…

Let’s go!

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