It's hard to imagine the Americans not winning the gold medal in men's basketball come August in Beijing.  Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski, who's been busy making plans the last two years, announced his 12-player roster Monday in Chicago.  As expected, the Pistons' Tayshaun Prince is part of the group which includes Kobe Bryant and Lebron James.  Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets is also on the team and no he will not end up being traded to the Pistons.  The Nuggets still want him in Denver and he wants to stay there.  A mini camp is about to open in Las Vegas.  What team anywhere else could possibly have as much talent as Krzyzewski has assembled?

     The NBA draft makes its 60-player run beginning Thursday.  The Chicago Bulls have the first pick and will take either Michael Beasley of Kansas State or Derrick Rose of Memphis.  The Pistons get the 28th pick so don't look for any guys joining the team who will make a sudden impact next season.  No word from anywhere that Michigan State's Drew Neitzel will be taken.

     Sorry but no major league teams turn me on this season and for that reason the Detroit Tigers can still win their division.  I guess Boston is the best of them all at least at the moment.  If the Tigers ever got some decent momentum they could steamroll up in the standings and as it is they have won ten of their last 12 with all kinds of pitching issues.  They host the St. Louis Cardinals and Colorado Rockies this week and they might win all six and head over the .500 mark which they have not reached this season.  They are 36-39 at the moment, 5 1/2 games behind division leader Chicago and the so called first place White Sox just got swept by the crosstown Cubs over the week end.  The Tigers will honor their 1968 World Series champions on their 40th anniversary Tuesday night.  Because there was no free agency then, I can still remember the starters-- Wert, Oyler, McAuliffe and Cash on the infield, Freehan and Price catching, McLain and Lolich the key starting pitchers and Northrup, Horton, Stanley and Kaline in the outfield.



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