Sunday, July 8, 2012

Basketball: US Olympic Players 2012 Announced

The USA Basketball announced the official 12-man roster for the London Games. For the final two spots, USA Basketball officials chose a pair of wings – James Harden of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Andre Iguodala of the Philadelphia 76ers – and passed on adding forward Anthony Davis, the top overall pick of last month's NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets. It's clear the U.S. won't lack speed or versatility.

Harden will join Thunder teammates Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on Team USA, the first time three players from the same NBA team have been selected. On the other hand, Thunder forward's Serge Ibaka will play for Spain's national team.

Joining Iguodala and the Thunder's trio on Team USA will be superstars James Lebron and Kobe Bryant, Tyson Chandler, Blake Griffin, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Kevin Love.

With a handful of players, including Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard and Chris Bosh, all of whom withdraws from consideration due to injuries, 10 of the roster slots appeared to be locked up heading into Friday's start of training camp, leaving five players – Harden, Iguodala, Davis, Rudy Gay and Eric Gordon – to compete for the final two openings. The absence of Howard, Bosh and LaMarcus Aldridge has left Team USA with a shortage of big men. Davis was a good candidate, but lacked the international experience of other players and sprained his ankle during a workout a week ago.

Team USA will play an exhibition match against the Dominican Republic on July 12 in Las Vegas. They will also play exhibitions in Washington, D.C.; Manchester, England; and Barcelona, Spain; before arriving in London. Team USA will open the Olympics with a game against France on July 29.


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