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Superman Howard stress fracture points to weakness

by james on June 29th, 2008

NBA Obsessed takes you into the hit and run game of NBA Basketball.

Superbad Superman has a stress fracture, but not to worry. It will heal in time for the next set of practices on July 21. That is when training camp resumes.

“It’s a six to eight week recovery time, and this is the sixth week,” said Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski, who expects Howard to be fully healed by the time the team reconvenes for training camp July 21.

Still, the injury is worrisome for the Americans, who are planning to go to Beijing with just three big men — Howard, Chris Bosh and Carlos Boozer. If Howard were to aggravate the injury, that lack of front-line depth could become a major issue.

Dwight Howard has some serious guns for a hoop player

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Something just does not seem right here. The USA has come right out and said that they planned this to win the Olympics. Then went out and put Tayshaun Prince on the team as proof that a non-superstar great defender clutch player could make the team.

But…They still did not stock the team with big guys and took too many guys that just like to score. Do you really need Carmelo Anthony and Michael Redd, when you have Kobe Bryant and LeBron James? And why are there no Celtics on this team?

My good friend RonB wonders why we don’t just take the NBA Champion team and send them to the Olympics. My addition would be to add a few players to their bench like Kobe and LeBron. Can you imagine the announcers getting all over Rondo in the Olympics? Ok, add Chris Paul as well.

Let’s say Howard reinjures his sternum. Just a hypothetical.

That leaves Chris Bosh and Carlos Boozer as your big guys.

Chris is 6′ 10″ tall and weighs 230.

Carlos Boozer is 6′ 9″ and weighs 266.

Now Dwight Howard is a little taller at 6′ 11″ and weighs 265.

Wait a minute, no 7 footers at all? Howard sits and we go to a thin 6′ 10″ or a heavier 6′ 9″?

Check out the rest of the roster, no big guys there.

Joining Williams and Boozer on the ‘08 Olympic team are fellow NBA stars Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, Jason Kidd, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Michael Redd, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Tayshaun Prince.

Yes, yes, the trend lately in college and NBA is to be more mobile, less defense and more offense. Boston’s center was only 6′ 10″ Kendrick Perkins, but he weighed 280 and had 6′ 11″ Kevin Garnett right beside him.

The Pistons had 6′ 11″ Rasheed Wallace. The Lakers had 7′ Pau Gasol. The Spurs had 6′ 11″ Tim Duncan. Maybe all that small ball is not working.

On the bright side, when Dwight Howard is healthy, he is a beast of a player and even without polished moves down on the blocks, he often commands a double team.

Go USA! Take the Gold in the Olympics.

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3 opinions for Superman Howard stress fracture points to weakness

  • Dannie
    Jun 29, 2008 at 10:20 am

    You don’t need as many traditional 7-foot big men for international play because that isn’t the strength of your competition. If the Olympics were played with NBA rules then it makes sense but it’s not. International rules favor scoring, shooting (especially the shorter 3-pt shot) and you need the type of agile, athletic bigs with good lateral quickness to keep up with international big men that play a lot more on the perimeter in a open style offense.

    The US will likely being playing Melo and LeBron often together because they will run into teams with a lot of quick, great shooting teams that play 4 perimeter players and not a traditional low post PF.

    Also, what 7-foot American player in the NBA would have been good enough to in the Olympics? I can only think of Tyson Chandler.

    Regarding the Celtics, KG he declined to play and I think Ray Allen did as well. Just like Tim Duncan and Amare did. The questioning should be based around players are choosing NOT to play rather than why they weren’t selected by the committee.

  • Brandon Hoffman
    Jun 29, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    This could be an issue. If I were Colangelo or Coach K, I would have selected Chandler over Bosh…

  • james
    Jun 29, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    It still has me worried, dannie.

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