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Should Christian Wood play for the U.S. Olympic team if selected to replace Beal?

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by RedRacer, Jul 15, 2021.

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Should Christian Wood play for the U.S. Olympic team if selected to replace Beal?

  1. No...He might injure himself and become the new Mr. Glass

  2. Yes...He will improve the new Dream team

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  1. RedRacer

    RedRacer Contributing Member

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    Read Ben's blurb. Yay or nay?

    https://sports.yahoo.com/rockets-star-christian-wood-reportedly-213505937.html

    " Houston Rockets big man Christian Wood is an option for USA Basketball as they look to fill Bradley Beal’s roster spot for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, according to the Houston Chronicle‘s Jonathan Feigen.

    Beal is sidelined by health and safety protocols, and USA Basketball announced Thursday that he would be unable to attend the games. Though Beal is a guard, Feigen quotes a “person with knowledge of the process,” who says that discussions have been had about adding another big man beyond Draymond Green, Bam Adebayo, and Kevin Love. That’s where Houston’s 25-year-old rising star could come into play.

    Wood averaged 21.0 points (51.4% FG, 37.4% on 3-pointers) and 9.6 rebounds in 32.3 minutes per game during his first season in Houston, and he finished fourth in voting for the NBA’s Most Improved Player award. The 6-foot-10 big man said during the season that he was honored to be in consideration for Team USA, and the right ankle sprain that prematurely ended his season is now healed, per Feigen’s report.


    There is no known timetable for the announcement of Beal’s replacement. But with the Olympics starting next week, it should be very soon. "
     
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  2. apollo33

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    I wouldn't mind it, it would be a great experience for him. But he is quite injury prone
     
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  3. Jontro

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    yes and then come back to find mobley taking up his spot in the locker room.
     
  4. palmsnbananas

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    Hells yeah
     
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  5. tycoonchip

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    Yes absolutely. If he's smart he can learn a few things from guys like Love, Durant and so forth. Poppovich would be great for him as well.
     
  6. MaxRider

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    Of course yes. You can learn so much from other veterans.
     
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  7. Plowman

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    Play by all means.(quite an honor) Good for his game.

    And the exposure he'll get, at a time when perhaps we might begin to seriously think about moving him. Pump up that value.

    Worth the risk.
     
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  8. DreamShook

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    He should do it. Rockets are rebuilding, if Wood is selected and injures himself, Rockets are still on the timeline. the only way Wood is going to get better is if he plays with and against good competition.
     
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  9. heypartner

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    So, if they want to replace Beal with a Big, are they really going to snub Julius Randall?

    for chemistry, I’d pick a dedicated roller like Wood (or maybe Jarrett Allen as the better defender), but if Randall wants to play, that’s going to be a snub.

    fwiw: the top 11 rebounders in the NBA in 2021 are unavailable foreigners and Russell Westbrook (Drummond didn’t qualify for leaderboard, and no way should be on the team).

    #12 is Randall.
     
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  10. TheRealist137

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    Yes, he needs to improve
     
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  11. ashleyem

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    He can’t shoot. In FIBA big men can clog the paint, Randle’s playing style won’t translate well. Even Giannis struggles in FIBA.

    I am surprised they aren’t considering KAT.
     
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    Also, if he plays exceptional in the olympic's maybe other stars might want to gravitate to houston to play along side him.
     
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    No, trade him and four 1st round picks to Cleveland for Mobley so his fans and Green can live in harmony.
     
  14. clos4life

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    Nah, he will be placing himself at injury risk plus he will be looking to leave the Rockets to team up with other USA ball players after they are done.
     
  15. IslandB.O.I.

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    KAT played for the Dominican National team as a teen. Not sure he’s eligible to play for the US.
     
  16. TimDuncanDonaut

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    Can Wood recruit? Or will he be recruited. :eek:
     
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    From his vantage point - he def should... just signed a fat contract... go work that brand image and try to bring in some them extra dollars...

    From the team vantage... i'd say only if you are open to moving him... if heightening his profile potentially ups his return then theres an upside for any potential risk...
     
  18. SinceEverSince

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    Why wouldn’t he want to be part of it. Rep the country young man. While you are at it, recruit your ass off
     
  19. heypartner

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    Randall shot 41% from 3 this year. That’s largely why he won Most Improved Player, and the Knicks did so well.

    If I’m Popovich, I’d still take Wood as the better rim runner, or Jarrett for defense and vertical spacing, but Randall would be considered a snub if not selected.

    I’m just saying, be prepared for Randall’s name being called.

    KAT is a soft, lazy player and bad teammate, who I’d never pick for a dream team. If he’s not a #1 on a team, he doesnt care enough.
     
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  20. Magicsaint

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    He should play if given the chance. He could easily get injured playing for Rockets as well so how different would it be for the olympics. Playing with other best players will also increase his confidence level.
     

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