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Report: Four 2008 Team USA members on the out, roster to mix 2008 and 2010 gold medal teams

Jan 7, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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Team USA begins its preparation for the 2012 Summer Games this month. It will release the 18-man roster under consideration for final inclusion as the 2012 U.S men’s basketball team and ESPN reports that there will be some changes from the 2008 squad that won gold in Beijing. The new team will reportedly feature combined rosters from the 2008 Olympics team and the 2010 FIBA World Championships team that also won gold. The result? Blake Griffin is the only likely newcomer to the batch. From ESPN:

A source close to the process told’s Marc Stein that four players from the 2008 Olympic team have been ruled out of consideration for the 18 2012 finalists. Those four are Chicago’s Carlos Boozer, Detroit’s Tayshaun Prince, Phoenix’s Michael Redd and Dallas’ Jason Kidd.

The source also said that Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin is likely the only player who wasn’t part of the 2008 Olympic squad or the 2010 world championship roster that will be considered for the 2012 roster in addition to the 20 players.

via USA Basketball to announce 18 roster candidates by January 18 – ESPN.

No real shock on those that were removed from consideration. Redd has undergone too many injuries, Prince is up there in age and Kidd even more so despite his huge role in the 2008 Olympics and Boozer is simply outclassed in terms of talent available. The 2008 team was notoriously star-studded, the so-called Redeem Team, while the 2010 FIBA team didn’t pack as much star punch, but did feature a more cohesive collection of players. Not better. Just more cohesive. It’ll be interesting to see who makes the cut and who doesn’t, especially with the 5,000 guards Jerry Colangelo and Coach K have to work out.

  1. EvanZ - Jan 7, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    James Harden will be on that team. Just watch.

  2. sfm073 - Jan 7, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    They should def go with a more cohesive team. Pass first point guards, bigs that can rebound etc… Just don’t go for big names go for guys that want to win.

  3. tampajoey - Jan 7, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    The creation of these Olympic Super Teams is what started this mess in the NBA with all these diva’s wanting to team up and play together.

  4. hojo20 - Jan 7, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    The Olympics are so 1984. Yawn.

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