Jerry Colangelo Wants to Know: Who’s in for the 2012 Olympics

by July 14, 2011

Colangelo, USA Basketball’s chairman, wants commitments from NBA stars for the Olympics next summer as soon as possible. The AP reports: “With training camp less than a year away and no guarantee of games before then, Jerry Colangelo is ready to start finding out who wants to play on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team. USA Basketball’s chairman said he plans to start contacting candidates ‘soon, within the next month’ to gauge their interest in going to London. ‘Just to make contact with all of the people on our list, give them a whole picture of what is coming,’ Colangelo told The Associated Press in a phone interview. ‘Basically to get a read from them as to what their interests and intentions are in advance.’ Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and the rest of the 2008 gold medalists all committed to returning to the program through 2012, but Colangelo realizes that ‘circumstances have changed for some of the players who were on the Olympic team.'”