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No Hawks make USA Basketball program

I am not surprised Joe Johnson failed to get the invite. His chance to make the team was in 2008, and Michael Redd earned his spot. Joe probably would rather rest than go through the program knowing he would not make the team. Al Horford is a bit of a surprise, but he may have chosen to focus on the Dominican team. (Update: Despite practicing with Team USA before, Horford may have sole citizenship in the Dominican Republic.) Josh Smith though would be great over say a Carlos Boozer, who was at the end of the bench in 2008 and will be almost 31 in 2012. I get that Boozer is a better fit in international play, but if he didn't play in 2008, he is probably not going to play in 2012. Why not invite Josh Smith, who brings things to the table that few people do? No one is like Josh Smith. And I believe being like no one else was actually quite helpful when the United States first started filling the roster with NBA players. I don't think Josh would make the team, but I do know five minutes of Olympic passion by Josh Smith would not only be fun to watch, it would be incredible for the team. And on the selfish end, every minutes he sees how the Kobes and LeBrons work and prepare would be good for Hawks' fans.

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