Report: The Team USA Basketball Roster For London Olympics

01.11.12 6 years ago 13 Comments

Even though the NBA season just now in full swing and we have enough basketball to last for a while, the London 2012 Olympic Games are not far away and Chris Sheridan unveiled an early look at the potential roster, amassed from information obtained from his “impeccable international basketball sources*.”

LaMarcus Aldridge
Carmelo Anthony
Chauncey Billups
Chris Bosh
Kobe Bryant
Tyson Chandler
Kevin Durant
Eric Gordon
Blake Griffin
Dwight Howard
Andre Iguodala
LeBron James
Kevin Love
Lamar Odom
Chris Paul
Derrick Rose
Dwyane Wade
Russell Westbrook
Deron Williams

Five quick thoughts and reactions.

1. The roster looks mostly unchanged from the 2010 squad who competed for the 2010 FIBA World Championship. The team performed well together and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But as this group shifts from 19 to a 12-man roster, who do you cut?

2. With a compacted season, the Olympics and the 2012-13 season starting a few weeks after the Games end, that’s a lot of wear and tear on the bodies of the players.

3. No Andrew Bynum? No problem. No point in letting this dude coast to what should be a podium finish on an inevitable bum knee. Let Tyson cook.

4. I wouldn’t want to be the coach to pick one out of D-Rose, CP3 and Deron Williams to start at point. Nice problem to have, but still a problem.

5. That’s a tremendous squad. If they don’t get gold…

[Sheridan Hoops]

* – I love a good anonymous source.

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