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Richyyy



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PostPosted: 09/29/19 3:04 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

root_thing wrote:
Randy wrote:
Luuuc wrote:
toad455 wrote:
miller40 wrote:
For a coach who claims to be defensive minded, Brondello’s teams are both pretty miserable as it.


I have to wonder if Australia is even worthy of contending for a bronze in the 2020 Olympics?


Cambage Opals and non-Cambage Opals are two very different teams. We did win silver at the world cup just 12 months ago.


What if Cambage demands to be traded to another country's national team?


There's only one other place she can go, and it would make Richyyy very happy. Wink

FIBA may have relaxed their rules on switching countries a little over the years, but unless Australia are about to have a civil war and devolve into separate states I doubt they're going to let Big Lizzie switch allegiances any time soon.

But if they did, yeah, we could probably find room. Wink



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awhom111



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PostPosted: 09/29/19 8:52 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Luuuc wrote:
toad455 wrote:
miller40 wrote:
For a coach who claims to be defensive minded, Brondello’s teams are both pretty miserable as it.


I have to wonder if Australia is even worthy of contending for a bronze in the 2020 Olympics?


Cambage Opals and non-Cambage Opals are two very different teams. We did win silver at the world cup just 12 months ago.


If everyone is healthy, who is your preference for the naturalized player?

root_thing wrote:
Randy wrote:
Luuuc wrote:
toad455 wrote:
miller40 wrote:
For a coach who claims to be defensive minded, Brondello’s teams are both pretty miserable as it.


I have to wonder if Australia is even worthy of contending for a bronze in the 2020 Olympics?


Cambage Opals and non-Cambage Opals are two very different teams. We did win silver at the world cup just 12 months ago.


What if Cambage demands to be traded to another country's national team?


There's only one other place she can go, and it would make Richyyy very happy. Wink


I suppose she could technically have played for Nigeria too (as Magbegor could have as well). Trade for Akhator?
Luuuc



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PostPosted: 09/29/19 9:24 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

awhom111 wrote:
Luuuc wrote:
toad455 wrote:
I have to wonder if Australia is even worthy of contending for a bronze in the 2020 Olympics?


Cambage Opals and non-Cambage Opals are two very different teams. We did win silver at the world cup just 12 months ago.


If everyone is healthy, who is your preference for the naturalized player?

It still annoys me that Mitchell needs to be classified as naturalised, but anyway I still lean slightly in her direction as the player who helps us the most when we're at full strength.
The thing is, all 3 candidates - Mitchell, Whitcomb & Griffin - are automatic starters at their respective positions. In terms of team need, and how much better they are than the next best player at their respective positions, there are valid arguments for all 3 of them.
I think point guard being such an important role is what gives Leilani the edge. She reads the floor better than our alternatives, is poised, and is also a reliable scorer.

For the Asia Cup, with Cambage being out (as well as Tolo, Smith and Bunton), Griffin might have been the better pick but I don't know that she's healthy either atm.
Anyway the much bigger concern is the (lack of) depth of local players ready to step up to international level. There's going to be some turnover after Tokyo and right now I'm not loving the pool of replacements.



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