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Morning Jolt: Is Coach K neglecting Team USA's strengths?

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Tuesday, August 31

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Is Coach K neglecting Team USA's strengths?

If Team USA is "filled with hyper-athletic and versatile players," should we be seeing more of them? [The squad's] greatest strength is not its speed, its leaping ability, or the varied skill sets of its players. Above all else, the Americans' greatest asset is their depth. While a team like Spain may have as many as eight NBA-caliber players, the American squad is loaded with NBA talent at every position. ... Yet thus far, in games against Team USA's most skilled opponents, Mike Krzyzewski has turned to a top-heavy rotation heavily dependent on its starters. It's an understandable tactic for most NBA and NCAA teams, but given how talented this roster is? And more importantly, how roughly congruent every non-Durant talent on the roster happens to be? It's ludicrous. (

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Matt Leinart may have greater worries than whether he starts in Arizona. He might not make the team. ... People in and around the Cardinals' ballclub tell me that the former No. 1 pick might be cut, not because he hasn't completed a high percentage of passes -- because he has -- but because the players there have no faith in the guy and don't believe they can win with him. If that is in fact the case, it's over. He not only won't make it as the team's starter; he won't make it, period. (CBSSports)Comment

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