The NBA regular season is coming to an end soon and the playoffs are just around the corner. But if you think pro basketball will end in June think again. The 2012 Olympic games are also fast approaching which means Team USA will be lacing up their sneakers and make a run for Olympic gold.
But as some potential members of Team USA are still playing, New York Knicks’ Tyson Chandler’s spot on the Olympic roster is looking much better with injuries to LaMarcus Aldridge and Dwight Howard who were both named to the preliminary squad back in January as was Chandler.
And if Aldridge (who will have hip surgery) and Howard (back issues) decide not to play or are not healthy to play for Team USA, Chandler could be wearing the red, white and blue jersey once more.
“I feel like I have a great opportunity to play,’’ Chandler told The Post. “It all comes down to what they feel jells and fits with each other.’’
Chandler will be needed in order for Team USA to capture gold in London. Not only does he already have experience playing with the Men’s national team, he has the size, defensive presence and intangibles needed for Team USA.
Not only that, Chandler would provide an interior presence to contend with Spain (who is seen as a huge obstacle for Team USA’s run at gold) with Marc and Pau Gasol and Serge Ibaka and Brazil with Tiago Splitter and possibly Nene.
Add the fact Chandler will be reunited with a coach he has played for before, Mike D’Antoni who will serve as an assistant coach yet again, and it is a no-brainer that he should be on the squad.