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Howard ready to rise for country -- OrlandoSentinel.com

There are 22 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Aug 15, 2007, titled Howard ready to rise for country -- OrlandoSentinel.com. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

When Dwight Howard played for the USA Basketball team at the World Championships last summer, he sounded just happy to be part of the all-star cast, merely trying to absorb as much as he could as a setup man ...

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Dan

Safety Harbor, FL

#1 Aug 15, 2007
Good luck Dwight!!! Make us proud...
teegee

Redondo Beach, CA

#2 Aug 15, 2007
According to several articles I've seen in recent days, Redick is no longer on the senior Team USA squad. He was moved to the younger "Select" team. That suggests that he is not even a longshot candidate to make the final 12-man roster.
Tmacin

Lincolnshire, IL

#3 Aug 15, 2007
either way...how is JJ doing anyway....He had a great summer league....is he holding own his own with the big boys or what?
Tony

AOL

#4 Aug 15, 2007
That would make sense about Redick he shouldn't even have been included this far since he has no shot of making the team.
Tony

AOL

#5 Aug 15, 2007
Tmacin wrote:
either way...how is JJ doing anyway....He had a great summer league....is he holding own his own with the big boys or what?
Safe to say the competition is a little stiffer now than he saw in the summer league so no he isn't holding his own. The only thing he is holding is a towel for coach rat
Colombiano

Ocoee, FL

#6 Aug 15, 2007
If I was an athetle I would love to play for my country, but while playing for the NBA that would be pretty hard due to 82+ games and a lot of traveling. I am happy for Howard because he's getting a lot of experience, but after the all start break they start getting tired because they didn't have long vacations. The kid is still young, but even Howard gets tired.
buttermilk

De Leon Springs, FL

#7 Aug 16, 2007
It's funny how everyone else around the NBA can see the potential in JJ, but that mental midget of a coach Brian Hill could not. How he ever made it to the NBA level is a complete mystery.
_andre_

Kaluga, Russia

#8 Aug 16, 2007
Definitely good for the young Orlando players to get additional experience, even more from the prospective of training with the All-Star caliber players. Both Howard and JJ are young and had around a month shorter season than most of their US teammates.

From the upcoming tournament prospective, the intrigue seems overstated quite a bit. In the international basketball (excluding maybe only Europian championships) such qualifying competitions are like the regular season in NBA. The Beijing games will be like NBA playoffs. Before the Beijing games no team is going to seriously challenge US. They will let US win easily and expect us to lose half of our roster as usual by the time the Beijing games start like it was for Athens-2004. To be able to transition from qualifiers to the Olympics and the World Championships the same way as they do it from NBA regular season to the play-offs, is what the US team really needs.
jackson

Henderson, NV

#9 Aug 16, 2007
Dwight should have worked with an offensive coach this summer to improve his mediocre offense. He will have plenty of chances to represent his country in the future. The national team is not going to need his offense, they have lots of shooters on the team, thus hindering the development of Howards maturation to become a complete player. He should have sat this one out.
Tony

AOL

#10 Aug 16, 2007
buttermilk wrote:
It's funny how everyone else around the NBA can see the potential in JJ, but that mental midget of a coach Brian Hill could not. How he ever made it to the NBA level is a complete mystery.
Everyone else meaning who exactly? His college coach? He is on that team because of his college career not because of any percieved potential in the NBA. He has had zero chance of making the cut from the very beginning and if it wasn't for coack k he wouldn't of been invited back this year at all. He is out of the league after his rookie contract expires so don't hold your breath waiting for him to be a contributing player.
Colombiano

Ocoee, FL

#11 Aug 16, 2007
jackson wrote:
Dwight should have worked with an offensive coach this summer to improve his mediocre offense. He will have plenty of chances to represent his country in the future. The national team is not going to need his offense, they have lots of shooters on the team, thus hindering the development of Howards maturation to become a complete player. He should have sat this one out.
Who the hell told you that Howard was with the US team for his offense???? He's there b/c of defense, rebounds and to block shots, besides that he's one of the best big man US has.

If you watch a game you will see that the only way he scores is after picking up an offensive rebound.

You make no sense!!!!!!!!!! you are another stepheno3
tvcel

Juncos, Puerto Rico

#12 Aug 16, 2007
jackson wrote:
Dwight should have worked with an offensive coach this summer to improve his mediocre offense. He will have plenty of chances to represent his country in the future. The national team is not going to need his offense, they have lots of shooters on the team, thus hindering the development of Howards maturation to become a complete player. He should have sat this one out.
Looking back early past season, Howard was an offensive presence. The moves he learned while making his tour of duty with Team USA helped him during that period. As the season matured, coaches around the league made their adjustments and Howard looked pityfull around Rasheed Wallace at the end of the playoff...Don't forget he had a private trainer through the whole past season...
Team USA has lacked a good center for International competition. A center that doesn't need to be protected by the referees and a center that can shoot and rebound as well. The strong rebounding presence might justify Howard's inclusion in the Team. This experience will help him to understand how the game is really played unless you are 28yr. Shaq. I think he might look fine against the Americas' centers but he is far from ready to dominate the European and Asian Centers...does Yao Ring a bell?
So lets hope this second trip will make him better.

A final thought, for a Country that is spilling the blood of their young on the streets and dusty sidewalks of foreing countries, is funny to watch how they neglect their patriotic obligation of representing the Country in a non-war scenario with the rest of the countries of the world...
Nothing, this is truly the land of confusion.
Tmacin

Lincolnshire, IL

#13 Aug 16, 2007
Tony wrote:
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Everyone else meaning who exactly? His college coach? He is on that team because of his college career not because of any percieved potential in the NBA. He has had zero chance of making the cut from the very beginning and if it wasn't for coack k he wouldn't of been invited back this year at all. He is out of the league after his rookie contract expires so don't hold your breath waiting for him to be a contributing player.
Umm I dont know about that man....The verdict is still out on that. If he bombs after having a healthy season adn enough minutes, Than will talk about him being a BUST! For now....He has not called it quits with the US team and kicked butt in the summer league. so We'll see. IMHO i'm very optimistic about this guy. I think he'll be amazing and come all star break we'll forget about GHILL.
Tony

Matthews, NC

#14 Aug 16, 2007
Tmacin wrote:
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Umm I dont know about that man....The verdict is still out on that. If he bombs after having a healthy season adn enough minutes, Than will talk about him being a BUST! For now....He has not called it quits with the US team and kicked butt in the summer league. so We'll see. IMHO i'm very optimistic about this guy. I think he'll be amazing and come all star break we'll forget about GHILL.
I agree that it is a little early to call him a bust it is just my opinion. However...saying he kicked butt in summer league is a bit of a stretch...he had a couple good games and scored some points but overall shot only 40%
which is very bad for a 2 guard. As a matter a fact if you take away the one game that he shot over 50%(9/14) his average is @32% which is horrendous. The best we heard about his D was that he "competed hard" that's great but not enough...esecially when it is only against summer league guys. There is a reason we are trying to get Smith from Denver to fill the hole at shooting guard.
jackson

Henderson, NV

#15 Aug 16, 2007
Colombiano wrote:
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Who the hell told you that Howard was with the US team for his offense???? He's there b/c of defense, rebounds and to block shots, besides that he's one of the best big man US has.
If you watch a game you will see that the only way he scores is after picking up an offensive rebound.
You make no sense!!!!!!!!!! you are another stepheno3
Before you get all crazy on me comparing me to other posters who have zero to null basketball education, kind of like you, you might have to start reading twice from now on to understand my comments or any other comment/s. Obviously you are slow and have trouble reading. Go back to my post genius and you will see that I said "the national team is NOT! going to use Howard’s offense, they have other shooters on the team.” Now little guy you must be like 8 or 9 years old, what that implies is that the National team wants to use Howard for his D, his shot blocking, his rebounding, and his intimidating presence to deter the opponents from trying to enter the paint. I think I also said that this would in effect hinder his progression towards becoming a complete player. So do me a favor buddy ol' pal, take a chill pill and read the comments twice from now on, so you can fully comprehend what the poster is saying, not what you read and want to interperate for your self. Have fun on the monkey bars at school, and don’t forget about nap time.
jackson

Henderson, NV

#16 Aug 16, 2007
tvcel wrote:
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Looking back early past season, Howard was an offensive presence. The moves he learned while making his tour of duty with Team USA helped him during that period. As the season matured, coaches around the league made their adjustments and Howard looked pityfull around Rasheed Wallace at the end of the playoff...Don't forget he had a private trainer through the whole past season...
Team USA has lacked a good center for International competition. A center that doesn't need to be protected by the referees and a center that can shoot and rebound as well. The strong rebounding presence might justify Howard's inclusion in the Team. This experience will help him to understand how the game is really played unless you are 28yr. Shaq. I think he might look fine against the Americas' centers but he is far from ready to dominate the European and Asian Centers...does Yao Ring a bell?
So lets hope this second trip will make him better.
A final thought, for a Country that is spilling the blood of their young on the streets and dusty sidewalks of foreing countries, is funny to watch how they neglect their patriotic obligation of representing the Country in a non-war scenario with the rest of the countries of the world...
Nothing, this is truly the land of confusion.

While I agree with most of your comments, I think you make some valid points, Howard playing against better offensive player would help him a little bit. He should sit this out, we still have amare, brand, and so on. What i do not agree with is the fact that every person must attend a national event just because we are fighting an unjust war or even a justified war. As far i know this is not communist cuba or china. We live in a country that gives us freedom of choice. Because our deceptive gov't led us into a war solely to benefit themselves and their friends, doesnt mean that Howard must play for the National team. Lucky for Howard he still has many more years to do whatever it is that he wants to accomplish basketball wise.
Colombiano

Ocoee, FL

#17 Aug 16, 2007
jackson wrote:
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While I agree with most of your comments, I think you make some valid points, Howard playing against better offensive player would help him a little bit. He should sit this out, we still have amare, brand, and so on. What i do not agree with is the fact that every person must attend a national event just because we are fighting an unjust war or even a justified war. As far i know this is not communist cuba or china. We live in a country that gives us freedom of choice. Because our deceptive gov't led us into a war solely to benefit themselves and their friends, doesnt mean that Howard must play for the National team. Lucky for Howard he still has many more years to do whatever it is that he wants to accomplish basketball wise.
You still make no sense to me.... and the subject is Howard playing for the US. " we still have amare, brand, and so on" Brand is hurt since last week... read the news every now and then. If Howard is playing for the US is becuase he loves his country and wants to represent it which is something some people will never be able to do for your country.

" We live in a country that gives us freedom of choice." what choice do you have when you must go to war????

Do do see now....you make no sense.
jackson

Henderson, NV

#18 Aug 16, 2007
This is all starting to get out of hand here Clombiano, You reacted negatively to my post before you even understood what it said. As we all know, we are unfortunately tied up up in a war. If we did not have a choice of wheather or not we could go to war, then how in God's name have you been posting comments. Are you not fighting a war overseas because we apparently do not have a choice, or do you in between all the fighting find time to argue with another poster. Come on man, do you see now.. because it is you who makes no sense.
Dont get me wrong, i have friends in Iraq, i know people who have come back from war, i respect what they are doing, it takes a lot of bravery to go fight a war. But regardless of war or not, unless there is a draft, we all still have the freedom of choice, if it's to play ball, or fight in a war, or to stay home and light up a J, we have a right to do whatever we want. and that is why you see pople from all over the world come to America, because of the freedom that we have. So finish your warm glass of milk and please go back to playing in the sand box. it is you who makes no sense.
If a player chooses not to play for the national team, its not that he doesnt want to represent his country, maybe you have other goals in life, and you know that you will have time in the future( multiple Opportunities) to represent your country and yourself better, with a more complete game
Colombiano

Winter Garden, FL

#19 Aug 17, 2007
but dude how do you know for sure that you will have time in the future? Some opportunities only come around once! Howard could always get hurt just like Grant Hill did.

Going back to war....I know the difference between Cuba and the US, but don't you get confused. Many people come from different countries b/c of a better economic, it is a lot easier to buy a house and a new car with a decent job, but not b/c they have no freedom of choice.

And yeah it takes a lot to be in was right now.....I would not want to be there! but at the same time I feel bad for those who are there that don't wanna be there.....what freedom of choice that is? that's all I'm saying.
Tmacin

Lincolnshire, IL

#20 Aug 17, 2007
Tony wrote:
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I agree that it is a little early to call him a bust it is just my opinion. However...saying he kicked butt in summer league is a bit of a stretch...he had a couple good games and scored some points but overall shot only 40%
which is very bad for a 2 guard. As a matter a fact if you take away the one game that he shot over 50%(9/14) his average is @32% which is horrendous. The best we heard about his D was that he "competed hard" that's great but not enough...esecially when it is only against summer league guys. There is a reason we are trying to get Smith from Denver to fill the hole at shooting guard.
Well...I cannot argue with the numbers but apparently His D was great, shot OK and also his ball handling was amazing per SVG. Apparently the talk is that they are not worried about his shooting at all and they are saying shooting will come but the all around game was an issue. Personally I think JJ/Ariza are an X factor this coming season. I think they'll have a huge season and make us much better. Just an instinct. Also I cant wait to see how Jameer responds playing pure point without trying to be an offensive weapon.

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