Older and Wiser
MD certainly has issues at times....but he is also clearly...the next best American player south of SVB. The fact that he is still so young..coupled with the fact that he wins tournaments...frequently- should of earned him a spot on Team USA. His past Mosconi experiences could of only helped him.
This years team would of provided a different atmosphere. Dechaine's upside would of been worth the risk.
Look at it like this....who on this squad wants any part of MD in any rotation game besides SVB?
Nobody among the chosen eight other than Shane could play Mike without getting weight right now, that's for sure, but it's not relevant. Team USA has the perfect captain and he has selected eight guys he thinks can mesh together. Our focus must be on supporting the chosen eight and wishing them well in December.