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Friday, January 13th, 2012 at 10:40 am  |  16 responses

Rudy Gay Says He Got an Olympic Team Invite


When the list of 19 Team USA hopefuls for the 2012 Olympics was initially reported, Rudy Gay wasn’t on it. But according to the Memphis Grizzlies’ forward, he is one of the candidates for the squad. Per the Commercial Appeal: “Gay confirmed that he was told that he will be among 19 players vying for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo phoned Gay with the news. Colangelo said USA Basketball will announce all the players by the middle of this month. Gay will be part of a pool of players who will be considered for the U.S team at the London Games this summer. The final 12-man roster and six alternates must be submitted June 18, before the NBA finals will be complete. But all 19 names have to be given to the U.S. Olympic Committee by the end of January to be placed in the drug program. Gay played for the U.S. team that won gold in the 2010 world championships. The London roster will be a mixture of the gold medalists from Beijing, and the one that ended the U.S. drought in the world championship.”

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  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Melo, Lbj, Durant, good luck Rudy you’ll need it.

  • MLK4Life

    Some egos will definitely be bruised when the team gets cut to 12. But our team will be loaded. Rose, Paul, DWill, Wade, Kobe, LeBron, Durant, Dwight, Blake, Kevin Love, Rudy and Iguodala (my prediction).

  • MikeC.

    @MLK – I agree with all of your picks other than Rudy/Iggy. One of those guys will for sure get bounced in favor of Melo. He is a FIBA beast.

  • BlackStar

    Yeah, you can’t leave Melo off that list. Homie gets BUCKETS in international play.

  • MLK4Life

    @MikeC
    I forgot all about Melo. I’d drop Iguodala then. Rudy has a better jumpshot.

  • Red

    There shouldn’t be no Blake, but K. love I agree.

  • BasketballJunkie

    This is getting out of hand, they gonna let that Gay guy play on the team??

  • Jeremy

    what about rondo…!!!! Williams out, Rondo in. Blake out, Bosh/LA in.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    Mlks list minus blake and love, plus melo and bosh, or aldridge.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    I don’t think k. love, rudy gay or rondo make this team.

  • LA Huey

    Blake should only make it if Coach K wants a mascot. While an amazing player, he’s basically Dwight with more hops and no D. No place for his skill set in FIBA play.

  • http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=pawtucketymca Gametimeweezy

    Rudy can can backup Melo at the 4 internationally.

  • http://www.pisforprops.com jarrett

    no need to waist your time homey. 2016 is your best shot

  • Cameron

    It’s already been stated that most of the 08 roster will be back besides like jkidd, tayshaun, and a couple others so that leaves like 5 spots anyways

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Rondo won’t make it. Perimeter shooting from guards comes at a premium.

  • Ldub

    Gay should make it…he is versatile and helped them last time. Chemistry plays a big part in the olympics as well.

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