Kobe Bryant has made it abundantly clear he does not very much care for NBA Commissioner David Stern’s idea of a 23-and-under age restriction for USA basketball for Olympics post-2012. In fact, he even called it “stupid,” as reported by ESPN’s Marc Stein. Well, unfortunately for the Black Mamba and the rest of the Team USA, David Stern likely couldn’t care less what Kobe thinks. This is the man, after all, who cupped his hands to his ears in sheer delight as boos rained down on him at this year’s NBA draft in Newark.
So Stern’s wish will likely come to fruition eventually. But what if such age policies were in effect for this year’s games? What would Team USA’s roster look like, and, more importantly, how would they fare against international competition?
Given the already hypothetical nature of this entire team, I took the liberty of erasing Blake Griffin and Kyrie Irving’s injuries from the history of time since they took place in a summer that could have happened differently in this alternate universe I am birthing.
However, the injuries of Derrick Rose and Eric Gordon both remain intact because they transpired on NBA time. Any players that meet the 23-and-younger age requirement and are already on the real-life USA roster were automatically included, just because it’s my fictional team and I can do that.
Without much further ado, let’s take a look at the youthful squad…