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Monday, January 16th, 2012 at 1:05 pm  |  57 responses

Team USA Announces 20 Finalists for 2012 Olympic Team


We’ve recently gotten peaks at who may or may not be on the Team USA squad for the London 2012 Games, and today, the official list of 20 finalists was revealed: “Eight 2008 Olympic gold medalists, 10 members of the 2010 USA World Championship gold medal winning team, one national team player and one newcomer to the USA Basketball National Team were among the 20 finalists named today for the 2012 U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team by USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo. The official 12-man U.S. Olympic team roster will be announced later this year. Named as a finalist for the 2012 USA team were: LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers); Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks); Chauncey Billups (Los Angeles Clippers); Chris Bosh (Miami Heat); Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers); Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies); Eric Gordon (New Orleans Hornets); Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers); Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic); Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers); LeBron James (Miami Heat); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Lamar Odom (Dallas Mavericks); Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat); Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder); and Deron Williams (New Jersey Nets). Griffin was also officially added to the USA Basketball National Team roster. The 2012 USA coaching staff is led by Duke University’s Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski, and serving as USA assistant coaches are Syracuse University’s Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim, New York Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni, and Portland Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan.”

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  • http://nba.com GP23

    I would of took Ray Allen, his threes alone would have killed all their opponents.

  • DerekG

    I second that!

  • DerekG

    Cosign GP23

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Looks like Kevin Love has the token white guy spot on lock.

  • http://slamonline.com Saviour

    Except he’s not just there for that – the dude is straight ballin’ this year.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I have read Love has literally no shot of actually making the team, from 3 different places this morning.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    The team has enough 3pt shooters with Billups, Love, KD and EG. This is a great mix of size, athleticism, skill and versatility.

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    D12,Kobe,LeBron,Dwade,CP3,Rose,Durant,Melo,Bosh,Blakey,Love,Westbrook (My Team!)

  • yea

    I’d take Love over Bosh any day.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    LOL at “token white guy”..

  • 50Mex

    I take Kwame Brown over Bosh, Bosh shouldn’t make it

  • Ace

    No rajon rondo? I’d prefer him over Westbrook and Williams.

  • Maniac

    Kobe, Bron, Dwight, Rose, Durant, Wade, CP3, Melo, and Bosh are automatic locks. The only mystery is who takes the final 3 spots

  • MUBWAR

    it’s easy maniac. the remaining should be a shooter (billups) a rebounder (Love) and defender (tyson)

  • http://fklfs.com Jukai

    Maniac: Love, Aldridge, and… Deron/Gordon if we’re smart about it, Griffin if we’re suppose to make money off it.

  • Maniac

    Exactly it can go many different ways for the last 3. I just think anyone is being idiotic if don’t think those 9 aren’t already “finalists”.

  • T-Money

    GP23: no disrespect but “could of”, really?

  • T-Money

    sorry, it was “could of”… just as bad, though.

  • T-Money

    considering that dwight will play the bulk of the minutes at the 5, with a quick agile bosh backing him up like in Beijing, and that Bron, Melo and KD can all play the 4 in the international game… does it really matter whether Love or Griffin makes the roster. They will be the 12th man and won’t play regardless.

    my team:
    paul
    kobe
    bron
    melo
    dwight

    wade
    durant
    bosh
    rose
    deron

    griffin
    aldridge

  • http://fklfs.com Jukai

    T-Money: Durant will most likely be playing the 2 and 3… I mean, Durant wrecked everyone’s sh*t last year at the two.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Supposedly only Griffin & Aldridge really have a shot among bigs that weren’t on the 08 team. Supposedly.

  • MLK4Life

    First five: CP3, Kobe, LeBron, Melo, Dwight. Second five: Rose, Wade, Durant, Griffin, Love. Final two: Rudy Gay and D-Will.

  • Maniac

    Starting line-up:
    Rose
    Kobe
    Durant
    Lebron
    Dwight
    2nd unit:
    Wade
    CP3
    Carmelo
    Love
    Bosh
    Deron
    Aldridge

  • http://www.facebook.com/P.Y.Y.B.L Gametimeweezy

    Maniac that’s a good question who’s the final 3.. I think it depends on Love. Bosh is def the backup center so can Love also log minutes at center or not? If Love can play some center I’d like to see Rudy Gay, if not then we might need Tyson Chandler. I’m thinkin Love, Rudy Gay and Billups.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    ^ I concur.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    With maniac.

  • SikhWitIt

    Shocking that there’s no Rondo. The guy is arguably the NBA’s best distributor and would’ve been a logical addition to this team. Damn shame that he continues to be underrated.

  • DUKE2016

    Where’s Amare?

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Starters:
    Howard
    Lebron
    Durant
    Kobe
    CP3

    2nd Unit:
    Bosh
    Aldridge
    Melo
    Wade
    Rose

    DWill
    Chandler

    I think Tyson Chandler should make it because he’s the only other player that can single handedly hold down the key in case DHoward gets into foul trouble. Also, with Bosh/Melo/Lebron and even Durant proving that they can play the 4 on the international level, Blake and KLove aren’t needed.

  • Rex Chapman’s Bodyguard

    I’m one of those really intense kentucky fans. and so rondo’s my man, needless to say. but he did rather unceremoniously peace out in 2010.

  • T-Money

    sikhwitit: it’s not because he can’t score that it makes him a better distributor than cp3. his passing skills are only magnified by the fact that he can’t really do anything else offensively.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    sikhwitit: Rondo has no business on this team. Almost every player on the team can create their own shot with ease. With no long-range or even mid-range j in his skillset, defenses would just cheat off of him and render him a liability.

    There’s no way he’s taking CP3′s, DRose’s, or Dwill’s spot. Him leaving early in 2010 was his way of saving face because everyone new that even Russell Westbrook and S.Curry were ahead of him on Coach K/Colangello’s list.
    Not saying they’re better players, just saying they’re better fits under FIBA play.

  • Maniac

    Sooooo now this imposter maniac posts as me now? @4:03 smh lol

  • Dmonz

    Lamar Odom??

  • china

    starters:
    CP3
    Kobe
    LeBron
    Bosh
    Dwight

    2nd unit:
    DWill
    Wade
    Melo
    Durant
    Chandler

    Bench: Rose, Love/Aldridge (gona be close between love and aldridge because both players do things well the other doesnt, but it all depends on what coach K is looking for in his big men at the end of the day. my guess: Aldridge)

  • china

    you gotta also take into consideration seniority. chris bosh was here first and is a proven player on this USA squad, makes no sense to start durant, blake or anyone else over him (sure durant did amazing for the B Olympic Team, but does coach K really want to start a tall 3 man in the 4 position guarding bigs such as the gasol brothers in the international game?)

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    Odom’s there because his style of play flourishes in the int’l game; he’s big, mobile, has great range and can guard euro-bigs who drift towards the 3pt line. Love has no business being there, and I suspect he gets cut soon. His D is atrocious, and although he has great range, most of his points are coming from post ups nowadays. Post-up players from the NBA rarely see their games translate well in FIBA, just go ask Tim Duncan.

  • shutup

    @melvin Robinson,Ewing, Barkley had no problem posting up in international play, dont blame Tim Duncan for the way that team played you cant really post up without the ball.

  • MikeC.

    Hey SLAM, can I post nowadays? I’ve submitted comments 3 times to this thread and none post. I bet this one will because it’ll make me look like an idiot when it does.

  • MikeC.

    Of course, the follow up post with a relevant contribution to the thread won’t post.

  • MikeC.

    Blah blah blah…stupid blabbering that contributes nothing….will this one show up?

  • Allenp

    That team force fed Duncan the ball. The zone and double teaming combined with the lack of shooters just killed them.

  • MikeC.

    Augh! All I’m trying to say is that Amare isn’t considered because he can’t insure his knees! Augh!

  • MikeC.

    Hey! That one posted. I’ve been trying off and on to make that point since mid-afternoon. Javascript fail?

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    hell id take STAT > Chris bosh

  • hmm

    Coach K will likely cut love, he wont put up with his no defense nonsense

  • Da-Meat_Hook

    @ VanCityBBall

    Range: Bosh
    Help Defense: Bosh
    Rebounding: Bosh
    Being able to contribute without having a single play drawn up for him: Bosh

    The only thing Amare has over Bosh is his ability to finish in traffic. He finshes with flash and can score in bunches, but with guys like Melo, Bron, Durant, Wade, Kobe, and Rose surely carrying the scoring load . . . what other things can Amare bring to the table?

  • Justin G.

    Cosign Da-Meat. Amare would have no business on this team. I agree also with those that say Love will be one of the first few cut. I also don’t think the starters are cut in stone either. I actually could see Bosh starting if and when they have to play Spain. He’s going to match up better defensively than Melo or Durant would.

  • http://Slamonline.com Datkid

    Amare can’t rebound or play defense well enough for this team. It’s a shame stephen curry wont make it… But with that ankle, and the fact that they’ve already got PLENTY 3 point shooters on here

  • Idrissa Tikané (@IdrissaT)

    I’d take Rondo over Westbrook…seriously, he’s like D.Rose but less good…whereas Rondo is more like a “true” PG.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    @ Idrissa
    I agree, but I don’t see either of them making the team over CP3, Rose, or DWill.

  • kantankruz

    ATM I would take Russ Westbrook over DWill. He really needs to get out of jersey…Fast!

  • bigA

    That roster will be so sexy! no homo

  • Orange#1

    its a shame rondos not here

  • E BizZ

    Melo
    Kobe
    KD
    Blake
    Dwight
    LeBron
    CP3
    D Rose
    Wade
    D Will
    K Love
    Westbrook or Andre

  • E BizZ

    Starting 5:
    pg cp3
    sg kobe
    sf durant
    pf lebron
    c dwight

    2nd team:
    pg rose
    sg wade
    sf melo
    pf blake
    c love

    Remaining 2 players: deron and (russell westbrook or andre if)

  • enebea

    USA 2012 Olympic Team
    4 D Rose
    5 K Durant
    6 L James
    7 D Williams
    8 R Gay
    9 D Wade
    10 K Bryant
    11 C Bosh
    12 D Howard
    13 C Paul
    14 B Griffin
    15 C Anthony

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