Point Guard Brandon Jennings Sparks Controversy

Kevin JonesContributor ISeptember 16, 2010

Brandon Jennings had some interesting things to say about why he was left off the Team USA basketball roster.

Check that, Jennings didn’t even get an invite to try out for the team, which baffles my mind. He was the best player on a Milwaukee Bucks squad who made the playoffs.

Check out what Jennings said.

“It’s not my call. That’s on them,” Jennings told Yahoo! Sports. “But if you want to get technical about it and you really want to look at it, half of the guys there are Nike guys. I’m not saying it’s a Nike thing, but Nike is kind of running a lot of things right now. To have a guy like myself on the USA team that’s flashy and really outgoing, you don’t want Under Armour to get all that [publicity].

The fact that a USA roster could be chosen based on sponsorships is unpatriotic. These players are out in the middle of Turkey representing us, Americans. The best of the best should be participating.

I love people like Jennings, who are real and do their own thing. Of course Jennings famously flipped the finger to the University of Arizona after eligibility issues and played one season in Italy nbefore being drafted with the tenth pick in 2009.

Jennings has the confidence and star player capabilities to deliver on his promise of winning Milwaukee the Central division.

The Milwaukee Brewers have had a lackluster campaign and last season “Fear the Deer” became a popular slogan all throughout Wisconsin.

The normally quiet Bucks actually added some nice pieces to surround BJ.

They re-signed John Salmons—one of the most underrated slashers in the NBA—and traded for Corey Maggette, Chris Douglas-Roberts, and Jon Brockman.

Add those guards with a healthy Andrew Bogut, serviceable journeyman Drew Gooden, and athletic rookie power forward Larry Sanders. Something tells me the Bucks have something brewing in the kitchen.  

I’ll leave you with a quote from Brandon Jennings that I think represents what this website is all about:

“I’m just telling you how it is.”

www.boldsportstalk.com is a newly launched website that will feature simple daily blog posts, columns and podcasts from 91.3 WZMB Greenville, NC. Stay up to date.