So Team USA has one final tune-up on Tuesday night before heading to Spain for the FIBA World Cup. One new storyline that has popped up, that, frankly, is pretty unexpected is the notion that Kyrie Irving, point guard for your Cleveland Cavaliers, might end up being the starter for the US despite it being the team's position of strength.
At the outset of camp, there were good reasons and arguments to have John Wall and even Damian Lillard on the team ahead of Irving. Now, we are discussing whether Irving is going to start while those guys watch from home. My feelings on this are mixed. I think John Wall should be on the team. I think Irving is better than Lillard.
But I also don't think that whether you make the team or start or whatever should be based solely on what you accomplished last season. Team USA puts together scrimmages and practices and try outs and exhibitions in an effort to find out who fits and who doesn't. At the end of all that, Coach K and the staff want Kyrie on the team. They also desperately want to win. But the question of whether Kyrie Irving will be on the team has been answered, and now we get a new one.
Should he start? Will he?
The answer is maybe, and maybe.
But Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski, in tabbing Irving as his starter against the Dragic-led Slovenians, told ESPN.com that one option under consideration is letting Irving and Derrick Rose trade off as the starter throughout the tournament, which opens Saturday in Bilbao with the Yanks facing Finland.