As in any bracket, the 1 and 8 seeds will play and then the winner will play the winner of the 4/5 seed game. Pretty much standard:
The Los Angeles Bracket
- Lou Williams, Andrew Bynum, Paul Pierce
- Jeff Teague, JaVale McGee, Rudy Gay
- Jrue Holiday, LaMarcus Aldridge, JR Smith
- Rajon Rondo, Greg Monroe, Kevin Durant
- Mike Conley, Blake Griffin, Tyreke Evans
- Brandon Jennings, Dwight Howard, OJ Mayo
- Chris Paul, Josh Smith, Andre Iguodala
- Jameer Nelson, Carlos Boozer, Danny Granger
The Miami Bracket
- Kyrie Irving, Kevin Garnett, Carmelo Anthony
- John Wall, Roy Hibbert, Trevor Ariza
- Ty Lawson, Kevin Love, Joe Johnson
- Derrick Rose, Paul Millsap, Kobe Bryant
- Deron Williams, Tyson Chandler, Ray Allen
- Russell Westbrook, Chris Bosh, LeBron James
- Kyle Lowry, DeMarcus Cousins, Dwyane Wade
- Monta Ellis, Al Jefferson, Gerald Wallace
Being that this was entirely random, obviously some teams are a little unfair. Miami6? In Miami? Oops. That was an accident. But I love it. Chris Bosh may never touch the ball.
- Los Angeles
- LA1 beats LA8. Danny Granger goes 3-45 from the field.
- LA7 beats LA2. I would love to see Paul, Smith, and Iguodala play together. I think they'd complement each other nicely as a threesome.
- LA3 beats LA6. Dwight Howard requests a trade halfway through the game, is told he can't be traded because that would make absolutely no sense, and quits on his team. Brandon Jennings stabs him.
- LA4 beats LA5. This is the blowout game of the tournament. A team full of young stars against a team full of athletic guys that can't really do anything on a basketball court.
- Miami1 beats Miami8. This team can make a deep run if Kyrie and 'Melo can figure out how to play offense together. Because you know KG has the defense on lock.
- Miami2 beats Miami7. This is a disappointing game. It happens. Maybe John Wall can build some steam. Because his team is about to get steamrolled by...
- Miami6 beats Miami3. I don't even care who is on team 3. Team Six is going to do big things. (And no, I didn't plan that.)
- Miami5 beats Miami4. This is a phenomenal game. Potentially the best game of the first round. I don't see anyone guarding Kobe from outside the paint. I think that would be the trump card if not for the fact that 3's are worth more than 2's and the Williams-Allen combination with Tyson "The Rebounder" Chandler is deadly.
Round 2 - Making the Olympic Team
- Los Angeles
- LA4 beats LA1. Rondo-Monroe-Durant over LouWill-Bynum-Pierce. Significantly better at two positions and only slightly worse at the third. Solid team inside and out. Durant is kind of a weak link on defense, but come on. It's Durant.
- LA7 beats LA3. Paul-Smith-Iguodala over Holiday-Aldridge-Smith. Significant point guard advantage and significant "Smith" advantage.
- Miami1 beats Miami5. Another phenomenal game. This comes down to two points: Williams is slightly better than Irving, and Allen can't guard 'Melo.
- Miami6 beats Miami 2. Who is on team two? I don't care. Team Six for the win.
Round 3 - The Final Four in NYC
- I can't even pick the LA4-LA7 game. All-Stars at all three positions on both teams.
- But you know that I can pick Miami6 to win...
Round 4 - The Championship
- ..and again. Honestly, a team with Westbrook, Bosh, and LeBron probably won't even lose a game to anybody.
And as far as selecting an MVP/captain for the Olympic squad, it's gotta be LeBron.
I understand that the logistics of this will never happen in real life. And it makes me sad.