USA Basketball finalises squad for London Olympics
With LeBron James and Kobe Bryant already among the NBA stars on board to bid for a second straight gold, USA Basketball has finalised its 12-man squad for the London Olympics.
James, coming off his first NBA title with Miami, and Bryant are joined by 2008 gold medal-winning team-mates Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Deron Williams and led by coach Mike Krzyzewski.
NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City team-mate Russell Westbrook will look to shine along with 2010 world championship team-mates Tyson Chandler and Kevin Love, two vital big men for the Americans.
With stars such as Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Dwight Howard injured, US officials filled out the squad with Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala and James Harden.
Colangelo said Griffin’s size as well as his skill was a factor in his selection.
“He brings bulk, and he’s done well in the NBA guarding big centers,” said USA basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo.
“We projected we would have difficulty getting down to a roster of 12 because they are such an outstanding group of people and athletes.”