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Former Trail Blazer Brandon Roy has reached an agreement with the Timberwolves, coming out of retirement as a result of chronic knee problems. Will he succeed?

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It wasn't so long ago that you didn't casually throw around phrases like "lock up for the long term" when discussing the Trail Blazers. That it's fair game these days is proof of why the team wants to lock up Brandon Roy with a long-term contract.

But if Roy is the face of a rehabilitated franchise, can he be the face of a championship franchise?

SportsNation voters have no doubt that the Blazers made the best of the 2006 draft -- Rajon Rondo, Rudy Gay and others barely muster a challenge. And even if Portland is a hidden gem up in the Pacific Northwest, Roy gets his share of recognition. Last year, voters ranked him ahead of Kevin Durant among the best players then under the age of 23. And just a few weeks ago, voters were clear they want him on Team USA for the next round of major international competitions.

But none of that is the same thing as saying Roy is a championship cornerstone. When it comes to doing that, a lot of eyes are still on Greg Oden.

kshiau

Doesn't take a genius to know you've got to lock up your star player when they're willing. Roy deserves a max deal and for him to sign now shows he's committed to the team and trusts the management to surround him with talent in order to compete every May and June when it matters. Can't say the same for two primadonna star players named LBJ and D-Wade who refuse to sign extensions, thereby holding their franchises and their fan bases hostage until their every demand is met. In other words, Roy has class along with his worldly talent.

-- kshiau
lidocizaineandb12

Roy has a better chance of winning a RING somewhere else. Is he satisfied with 50-55 wins a year and second round playoff apperances? maybe so.

-- LidocizaineAndB12

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As far as Twitter goes, it's certainly less memorable than breaking the news of your coach's departure, but Kevin Love is once again proving wily in his use of new technology and living up to his nickname as "The Big Twitter." If he figures out how to get himself a raise in 140 characters or less, we'll be even more impressed.

ESPN.com's Chris Sheridan wrote about the chance Mike Krzyzewski is taking by staying on with USA Basketball through the 2010 World Championship and 2012 Olympics, rather than riding comfortably into the sunset after winning gold last year. Once done reading all about it, SportsNation had a chance to put together the Team USA it would take through the next three years.

One of the options was, you guessed it, Kevin Love, a big man with passing and rebounding skills ideal for the international game. And once Love caught wind of his virtual candidacy, he took to the tweet to rally supporters to the cause (granted, a cause that doesn't include an actual seat on the flights to Turkey and England, respectively).

We're sorry to say the outcome isn't looking good for Love, despite a surge of late support for the former UCLA star with a penchant for long-distance shots. As consolation for the Love faithful who heeded his call, we invite you to listen to his podcast visit with Bill Simmons, left.

For everyone else, here are SportsNation's top 12 for Team USA.

G: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Brandon Roy
F: Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Kevin Garnett
C: Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire

iv3rson003

Kobe had the leadership role on the team and from what I remember, he was taking the shots when the game was on the line (only happened in the finals). Wade played the role of the most incredible 6th man in the history of the sport. Lebron played more of a Magic Johnson role as a distributer with some great defense added in. Dwight had a bunch of good games early in the tournament and i seem to remember Bosh coming off the bench and having a big impact. ... I still like Melo over Durant cause he is just made for international ball. But I would like to see Blake Griffin make the squad as the 12th man cause he is Definitely gonna be a part of the future of USA basketball.

-- iv3rson003
dsg1319

I know PG spots are bogging up, but you cant forget Jameer Nelson. A high, high percentage All Star shooter/PG from FT, FG, AND 3PT RANGE. How does he not fit with a Team USA that will have its primary offense in SG, Forwards who can kick out to him for a easy jumper. He's good at reading which passes and passes from penetrations will lead to a good offensive series, and then when to be able to lift a shot in any traffic or sets at 50% clip. No brainer.

-- dsg1319

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