Sunday, April 29th, 2012 at 12:35 pm  |  30 responses

Jerry Colangelo May Expand Team USA Finalists After Injuries

While the devastating, season-ending injuries to Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard will keep both out of the remainder of the Playoffs, they’ll also do the same for this summer’s Olympics. And though USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo has previously said he won’t be adding players to the pool of guys eligible to make the team, after the unfortunate influx of recent injuries, it appears there may be a new spot or two open, SI.com reports: “Derrick Rose’s season-ending knee injury on Saturday could turn out to be good news for one person: his replacement for Team USA’s pool of finalists for this summer’s Olympics in London. Just three days after saying the roster of Olympic team finalists would not be expanded after the recent rash of injuries to key players, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told SI.com that he is reconsidering his stance after the Bulls point guard tore his ACL in Game 1 of their series against the Sixers. ‘What I said [previously] was that we didn’t plan to do any additions, but we had to continue to monitor the injury situation,’ Colangelo said. ‘Obviously this is a big loss. [Point guard] seems to be, at this point, still a pretty strong position. But at this stage, quite honestly, I think all bets are off.’ While Rose didn’t play in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, he was a member of the Select team and later played a key role on the U.S. team that won a gold medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championship. Five of the 20 original Olympic team finalists chosen in January have since been scratched off Colangelo’s list, with Rose preceded by Magic center Dwight Howard (back surgery), Clippers point guard Chauncey Billups (torn Achilles), Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge (hip surgery) and Mavericks small forward Lamar Odom (personal issues; no longer active with the team).”

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  • jay cutler

    even without rose, the US is more than adequate at pg. westbrick, cp3, deron, (a sour) rondo, lbj

  • add

    apologize to rondo then pick him up. gotta play into the ego.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    forget rondo, doesn’t want to be there. go for kyrie irving, his game fits fiba ball better anyway.

  • heyheyhey

    who else is needed??? theres already westbrook cp3..thats all, 2 point guards should be enough

  • AsadSaleh3

    CP3, Deron and Westbrook are enough. Westbrook will probably play the two a lot and be on the floor with either Chris or Deron. They carried 3 PGs in 08, I’m guessing they’ll do the same this time around. They’re fine at the wing positions with Wade, Kobe, LeBron, Durant. Melo, Blake, Kevin Love at the four. May need another center to back up Tyson Chandler.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    ^there is no other center, that’s the problem

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Does Bynum not want to be on Team USA? He’d definitely help.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    he is getting new knees, made in germany

  • AsadSaleh3

    Bynum said he would rather rest after the season than play in the Olympics.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Would love to see Kyrie on that team.

  • Matt Park

    Anthony Davis, Demarcus Cousins, and Greg Monroe are the most likely candidates.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJcN_4-3J8Y Datkid

    I say take Davis,Cousins and Chandler… Monroe is dope but idk if he’s ready.. plus I’m pretty sure he’s shorter than the other 2

  • http://twitter.com/niyosimba niyosimba

    Kyrie Irving is Australian.

  • ab40

    the only player who played a key role for team usa in 2010 was Durant the rest were spare parts. Westbrook was good in a backup role and iguodala was an awesome defender/5th option on the court. Rose was unimpresive in 2010 at the WC. They need bigs not point guards. kyrie irving denied playing for the ausies so he is still elligeble.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    @niyosimba, does he have double citizenship? if he does he can play for the US since he never suited up for australia.

  • AsadSaleh3

    Durant didn’t win the World Championships by himself, don’t know what tournament you were watching. Westbrook was their best perimeter defender. Rose was the main PG responsible for penetrating the defense while Billups moved to the 2. Kyrie wouldn’t make the team over Chris, Deron or Russell.

  • Cameron

    Kyrie Irving has dual citizenship between the U.S. and Aus so he can play either place, but it’s gonna be Rondo so it doesn’t matter. It’s a perfect scenario for Rondo since he’s a pass first PG anyways and doesn’t need to score that much, if at all.

  • Rajon Rondo

    I already said im not playing in the olympics.

  • Coconut

    Rondo is not interested in playing in the olympics. At all. At all! AT ALL!

  • GTK

    Throw John Wall on that Olympic team and watch what he can really do with good players around him…

  • Ill Smith

    Call up The Unibrow to back up Tyson. Who gone attack the rim with them 2 standing there?

  • Dingo Rob

    Kyrie had to make a choice between US and Australia, he could have been playing for Australia in London however midway through this year opted to be selected by the US believing he has a chance in making the 2016 team and subsequently surrendering ever playing for the Boomers.

  • Captain

    JAVALE MCGEE!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://bedotwater.bandcamp.com BE.water

    lmao @ rajon rondo.

  • http://Slamonline.com Kevin Durant’s Backpack

    Anthony Davis and maybe joekim Noah.
    Isn’t Noah Australian or something.
    John wall or kyrie Irving at point.

  • LA Huey

    Noah’s already played for France. He can’t join Team USA. Kyrie the choice if we need another PG after CP3, Deron, and Russbrook.

  • Wolf Dreams

    Utah’s front court, Jefferson and Millsap, could possibly help

  • bdogg

    i would think with the injuries this will make it easier for coach k…cp3, deron, westbrook at the point…we good! kb and wade can always handle as well! no problem!

  • Brian Scalabrine

    Guys…I’m always available! All you have to do is ask!

  • Bt

    @GTK he can watch as defenders sag 10 feet off him and let him shoot 7% from three (or 42% overall) while turning thr ball over too much. John Wall was as much to blame for the wizards poor season as anyone else.