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PostPosted: 03/19/24 9:30 am    ::: 2024 Paris Olympics Reply Reply with quote

The Ledge, PFT, will join some former NBA dude at FIBA HQ to conduct the draw for the Women's & Men's 2024 Olympic tournaments in a few hours ... (2pm US Eastern, I believe) ...

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PostPosted: 03/19/24 2:42 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

United States in the group of near death with Belgium, Germany, and Japan. Canada, Nigeria, Australia, and France are in a tough group. By comparison, Spain, Puerto Rico, China, and Serbia seems like an easy group.


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PostPosted: 03/19/24 6:23 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Group of Death or not, it won't matter. Lol.



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PostPosted: 03/19/24 8:57 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

boogiezen wrote:
Group of Death or not, it won't matter. Lol.

It will matter to Germany. Not so much to the US.



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PostPosted: 03/21/24 10:43 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Luuuc wrote:
boogiezen wrote:
Group of Death or not, it won't matter. Lol.

It will matter to Germany. Not so much to the US.


Belgium may have some confidence after this last run with the US WITHOUT Aja or BG Laughing Laughing



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PostPosted: 03/26/24 6:01 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Australia's excessively long Paris squad (of 26) has just been announced.

Rebecca Allen
Shyla Heal
Maddison Rocci
Zitina Aokuso
Lauren Jackson
Lauren Scherf
Georgia Amoore
Alice Kunek
Alex Sharp
Amy Atwell
Tess Madgen
Alanna Smith
Chloe Bibby
Ezi Magbegor
Stephanie Talbot
Isobel Borlase
Anneli Maley
Marianna Tolo
Keely Froling
Jade Melbourne
Kristy Wallace
Darcee Garbin
Lauren Nicholson
Sami Whitcomb
Cayla George
Stephanie Reid



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PostPosted: 03/26/24 6:11 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I thought LoJack had ruled herself out for Paris



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PostPosted: 03/26/24 6:49 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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I thought LoJack had ruled herself out for Paris

Apparently Basketball Australia managed to agree a deal with her in regards to travelling with her sons, so she's back in: https://www.watoday.com.au/sport/basketball/from-heartbreak-to-the-city-of-love-family-travel-deal-paves-way-for-jackson-to-play-in-paris-20240326-p5ffe7.html



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PostPosted: 07/05/24 9:41 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Australian Opals team for Paris

Jade Melbourne
Sami Whitcomb
Kristy Wallace
Isobel Borlase
Tess Madgen
Steph Talbot
Bec Allen
Alanna Smith
Cayla George
Ezi Magbegor
Lauren Jackson
Marianna Tolo



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PostPosted: 07/05/24 9:51 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

That's about what was expected, right? All 7 current WNBA players, George/Tolo/Jackson were always getting in, which only leaves Borlase and Madgen. Always thought Borlase was going after her WNBL numbers and actually getting some minutes in the qualifier in February.



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PostPosted: 07/05/24 10:08 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Opals are going to ride LJ until she drops dead. Except, unlike the United States, they don't really have a path to a medal without her, so they kinda have no choice.



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PostPosted: 07/05/24 10:11 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Richyyy wrote:
That's about what was expected, right? All 7 current WNBA players, George/Tolo/Jackson were always getting in, which only leaves Borlase and Madgen. Always thought Borlase was going after her WNBL numbers and actually getting some minutes in the qualifier in February.

Yeah, very much what was expected (based on previous selection trends rather than based on who is playing good basketball right now)

Relieved that we managed to find room for both Melbourne & Borlase. They're both obvious picks, but with our youth-phobic selectors I was still slightly nervous about both making it.
The rest was our classic copy & paste M.O.

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Opals are going to ride LJ until she drops dead.

Yeah, pretty much.



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PostPosted: 07/09/24 11:46 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Final squads available for about half the field now. Easier to link here - https://www.fiba.basketball/en/events/womens-olympic-basketball-tournament-paris-2024/news/olympics-women-2024-news-roster-tracker-women-s-olympic-basketball-tournament-paris-2024 - than all the individual announcements.



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PostPosted: 07/13/24 10:47 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Will Caitlyn Clark replace injured DT at the Olympics?


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PostPosted: 07/13/24 1:01 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Will Caitlyn Clark replace injured DT at the Olympics?


Won't matter. There is no way Taurasi will bow out of the Olympics.


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PostPosted: 07/13/24 1:19 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Will Caitlyn Clark replace injured DT at the Olympics?


DT does this every Olympics. She’ll play through every injury ever during other season, but will sit herself out if she has a hangnail during Olympic years. Laughing

Nate seems to be conscious of it in general too. He didn’t let Brit go back in the game against Indy even though she wanted to.


I am beyond excited to see Lauren Jackson play, however.



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PostPosted: 07/13/24 3:44 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

It's wild to your boy how nobody has smoke for Jackson playing in her fifth Olympics. Literally came out of retirement to take somebody else spot.



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PostPosted: 07/13/24 4:52 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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It's wild to your boy how nobody has smoke for Jackson playing in her fifth Olympics. Literally came out of retirement to take somebody else spot.

Important difference to the DT situation in that there is aren't other players who are clearly more deserving of LJ's spot. It's distressingly (as a reflection of the depth of aussie bigs) un-wild.
(And if there was a better player waiting in the wings, it would likely be Cayla George making way for her rather than LJ)



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PostPosted: 07/13/24 5:14 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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(And if there was a better player waiting in the wings, it would likely be Cayla George making way for her rather than LJ)

You don't think there's a problem with that?



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PostPosted: 07/13/24 5:54 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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It's wild to your boy how nobody has smoke for Jackson playing in her fifth Olympics. Literally came out of retirement to take somebody else spot.


The US could field three teams in the Olympics and have at least two teams playing in the final four slots, if not all three!!

C'mon! Let's do apples to apples instead of apples to koala's.



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PostPosted: 07/13/24 6:02 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Silky Johnson wrote:
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(And if there was a better player waiting in the wings, it would likely be Cayla George making way for her rather than LJ)

You don't think there's a problem with that?

The closest thing to a problem I have with the front court is George being there instead of Garbin. But the guard spots are our real concern.
Very relieved to see that Talbot was back on court for LA today.

[ETA] I'll add that I don't think LJ ever planned on being in the Opals team when she started playing again after many years out of the game. I doubt she even expected to reach the WNBL. Her return to basketball escalated quickly, and took nearly everyone by surprise - herself included.



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PostPosted: 07/13/24 6:06 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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The US could field three teams in the Olympics and have at least two teams playing in the final four slots, if not all three!!

C'mon! Let's do apples to apples instead of apples to koala's.

It is apples-to-apples, from my point of view. Your premise is that it's more egregious for the US because they have more depth, and can win without Taurasi. I reject that premise; either she's too old, or she's not. My rebuttal is, Australia's not entitled to medal at the Olympics. Let them send the best twelve they have under the age of forty, and whatever happens, happens.



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PostPosted: 07/13/24 6:51 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Silky Johnson wrote:
Ex-Ref wrote:
The US could field three teams in the Olympics and have at least two teams playing in the final four slots, if not all three!!

C'mon! Let's do apples to apples instead of apples to koala's.

It is apples-to-apples, from my point of view. Your premise is that it's more egregious for the US because they have more depth, and can win without Taurasi. I reject that premise; either she's too old, or she's not. My rebuttal is, Australia's not entitled to medal at the Olympics. Let them send the best twelve they have under the age of forty, and whatever happens, happens.


I don't care how old she is. Term limits, baby, term limits!!!!!!

If we're not going to have an upper age for our presidential candidates, why should we have one for our Olympic team? Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes

It just seems to me to be shameful to continue playing when it's a dream of so many, and they are actually better than you are at this stage of your career, yet because of politics, you keep getting selected. There are at least 4-5 other guards that should have had her slot (and Bird's for that matter) in the last 2-3 Olympics.

But hey, if I can't make the rules, I'll bitch about them!!!!!!!!!!

And maybe your POV needs to be changed??



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PostPosted: 07/13/24 7:25 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

How do you not realize that what you just said also applies to Jackson?

I feel like you're making the mistake of thinking that I am defending Taurasi being on USWNT. I think they both should be put out to pasture.



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PostPosted: 07/13/24 8:00 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Jackson just scored 21 points in a WNBL Finals game and won her 7th WNBL championship, as a starter. She scored 30 points in the bronze medal game at the most recent World Cup. If you lined up the Opals squad against a wall and picked teams, she sure as hell isn't getting picked 12th. This is where the glaring difference is between her and Taurasi. Take all the ages off the bios and Jackson is going to the Olympics anyway.

The issue with the US letting veterans play until death is that things happen like Courtney Vandersloot deciding she's better off playing 5 minutes for Hungary and making more money with her new passport than 'waiting her turn' to actually play for the US. The issue with Jackson going to the Olympics is... Lauren Scherf doesn't get to go? It ain't the same.



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