Jerry Colangelo and USA Basketball recognized the need for a different
approach to the Olympic team, and of course have jettisoned the All-Star
approach. What they may not have anticipated is the
level of interest in some other candidates. Milwaukee's Michael
Redd, for instance, is passionately interested in participating and has no
problem making the commitment Colangelo and Coach K have asked for. He
made a big impression on Colangelo because he drove himself down to Chicago in
sweats and changed into a suit for his interview.
LeBron James has already committed, as has Kobe Bryant. Among the list
of possible invitees: Elton Brand and Shane Battier.
If you look at the list of candidates, there are a lot of very interesting