What 2016 Team Usa Olympic Basketball Roster Would Look Like With Derrick Rose


Thompson is joining the ad agency in the newly-created position of executive vice president, director of public relations. Thompson most recently was at Ketchum Public Relations, where he led Ketchum Energy, the agency’s global energy industry consulting group. Thompson’s background in the energy and tech sectors was a factor in Marc USA’s decision to bring him on board. Marc USA CEO Michele Fabrizi said Thompson’s “deep experience” in these areas would help the ad agency expand in those categories. Thompson said his decision to move to Marc USA was based, at least in part, on the agency having “fully broken down the marketing discipline silos to provide clients with seamless solutions across all channels,” Added Thompson: “Clients want and need to take advantage of the full range of earned, owned, shared and paid media.” Over the course of his career, Thompson has counseled a range of clients, including FedEx, Delta Air Lines, Georgia-Pacific, Alcoa and Heinz. Thompson hold a B.S. in communication and journalism from Indiana State University. Marc USA has offices in Chicago, Pittsburgh and Miami, and employs more than 200 people. The agency’s annual billings are in excess of $320 million. Related links:

We’re all rushing to get ahead of ourselves, but even beyond this season, there’s reason to be excited about Rose resuming his stellar career track. Part of that includes his involvement in Team USA, and Rose said Wednesday he’d like to be a part of Team USA in 2016 in Rio. From CSN Chicago: “For sure, I would love to play on the team,” said Rose. “It would be an honor. But at the same time it’ll take me trying out for the team and Coach K and this coaching staff along with Thibs would pick the players and allow me to play for them. So, if I have the opportunity to play for them, I will, but it’s just going to take me trying out for the team.” With Thibodeau on the coaching staff, it might be something Rose will have to get used to. “It’s going to be a little bit weird, but at the same time it should be cool and we should grow our relationship should grow with us being two other leaders driving this team.” via Rose: I’d love to play on the Olympic team | CSN Chicago . Rose has made similar comments before. Here’s what he said during a promotional tour of the Philippines: I mean, if they pick me, yeah, Rose said Monday in Manila when asked if he wants to join Team USA. If they select me on the team, it will be an honor. According to USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo, Rose can still be a part of Team USA, as he qualifies in a lot of ways for the national squad. He knows our system. He’s been part of USA Basketball. He’s a terrific guy. He’s a great competitor, Colangelo told USA Today back in July.

Derrick Rose hopes to feel this joy in international play again.  (USATSI)

But if the moment was today, the answer would be no. Personally, I don’t believe that bit of speculation. LeBron loves basketball as much as it’s possible to love anything, and it’s hard not to remember the pure, unmitigated joy that crept across his face as he danced euphorically on the sidelines after winning the last gold medal. He’ll want that feeling again, even if he’ll be 31 years old when he gets to experience it. At that stage of his career, LeBron will still be uber-elite. He may not have a stranglehold over the No. 1 spot in any sane person’s set of player rankings, but he’ll be in the conversation and may only trail Kevin Durant . Quite frankly, he could still be the best player in the world without making anyone bat an eye. And if he’s on the roster, he’s going to start. Power forward is a natural fit for LeBron because he can make good on his physicality more than ever and use what’s likely to be a highly developed set of post moves. We’ve seen him do this for the Miami Heat, and he’ll continue to do so for Team USA in order to maximize the amount of talent in the starting five. Starting Center: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans Joe Toth-USA TODAY Sports Anthony Davis is going to be a stud. Although his rookie season was a little bit disappointing thanks to a never-ending stream of nagging injuries and an inability to play elite defense, he still showed flashes of greatness. There were highlight-reel dunks, sensational rejections and moments in which he looked capable of developing into the next great stretch-four. Remember, this kid is only 20 years old. He still is, well, a kid. By the time Rio rolls around, Davis will have one hell of a unibrow developed into a bona fide starting center capable of impacting a game on both ends of the court. He’ll have honed his defensive instincts and ability to crash the boards. He’ll be hitting mid-range jumpers with his eyes closed. Quite frankly, he could be best American center in basketball.

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