Have a great idea for a penalty kick goalie specialist

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    After watching Netherlands substitute their penalty kick specialist who was 6'4", but obviously not good enough to play the whole I game, I was wondering if someone a bit bigger with soccer background might be able to fill that role

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joakim_Noah
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    Yes, but the soccer aficionados will be here soon to tell you how all basketball players that big have slow reaction times. Until you go to see these guys play in person, you can't appreciate how massive they are and how fast they move. How about Nerlens Noel? Super fast and arms that go on for miles.
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    since you are allowed a roster of 23 that i believe includes 3 goalies a specialist makes sense. In major league baseball you carry a left handed reliever who typically faces one batter. Noel or Anthony Davis would be cool. Back in his day, how about Bill Russell. I know there are just 3 subs allowed in soccer, but it turned out to be a great strategy yesterday for the Netherlands
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    I've seen plenty of NBA games in person as well as pro soccer. It's pretty clear to me an NBA center isn't nearly quick enough for soccer. But that isn't even the biggest problem. It's getting to low balls. Same reason you don't see many 7 foot tennis players even though height is a clear advantage when serving. You make it sound like the US is the only country with tall athletes. If it was an advantage to be that tall, don't you think every European team would have a 7 foot goalie?

    Soccer is by far the most popular and played sport on 90% of countries. It has been that way for over 100 years. Yet every four years I have to hear how we are going to outsmart the rest of the world by putting an NBA center at goalie and a MJ/Kobe/Lebron at striker. :)
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    How many 7 foot quick centers have ever come from Europe? (Hint: zero). I'm not talking about the lumbering giants that abound in the NBA. I'm talking about that rare super freak athlete. It's fun to think about but will never happen since that athlete is going to play basketball.
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    For the narrow purpose of stopping penalty kicks, being big enough to fill the goal mouth and having long arms to reach out is an edge. For the game in general, size and jumping ability are important, but so are reflexes and the ability to get down low.
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    As a youth Olajuwon played goalkeeper. He might have been one NBA center that could do the job.
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    who's to say he has to be a 7 footer. A really quick forward at 6'8" could cover a lot of ground
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    But how great would it be to see Mutumbo come in on a penalty kick, swat the ball away, and shake his finger - "no no no, not in my house!"
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    another aspect of doing this, you would think that the regular goalie was tired after 120 minutes of action. I don't see much difference than a MLB closer, someone with a wild and crazy look
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    Yeah, if we are going to talk about putting taller guys at GK just for the purpose of stopping PKs, why talk only about 7 footers when we can talk about 6'8 and 6'9 guys with 7' wingspans who are actually quick? Those Lebron and Durant dudes come to mind
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    since the roster has 3 goaltenders, why not have one just for this specialty?
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    Really? How about the subject of this thread? Noah? Again, the US doesn't' have the only tall athletes or freak athletes out there. It's pretty arrogant to suggest so.
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    This was supposed to be a fun thread, this is a Gator board and Noah is french by birth. Some of the suggestions have been about non Americans like Hakeem and Motombo
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    This would cost the country a lot of money. They wouldn't exactly do this for free..besides Noah would probably play for France.
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    Just FYI, Noah was born in NYC. He didn't even have French citizenship until he was at UF. He has
    Swedish citizenship by birth from his mom. His roots are from Cameroon on his dad's side (Embiid is another really good tall athlete, and he's from Cameroon).
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    Of all the freak athletic big men, they either come from Africa or the U.S: Anthony Davis, Shaq, Hakeem, Wilt, Ibaka, Robinson (Wow that guy could move), Lebron, Howard.

    I wouldn't put Noah in their category. He's tall and a good athlete, but he's not on the freak level. He gets by on being very smart and skilled and by working harder than everyone else.
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    Which Howard? Tim or Dwight? I would rather take Tim in goal.
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    Dwight Howard was far and away the best defender in the NBA, meaning the world, before his back injury. He was the best rim protector, help defender, and post defender all at the same time. He held opposing centers to 60% of their normal production. He also won the dunk contest. I can't claim to know how good he would be at goalie, but he certainly has the athletic make-up and the defensive mentality for it.
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    Bill Russell in his prime
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