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Team USA not adding players to pool despite injuries

Apr 26, 2012, 7:07 PM EDT

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When USA Basketball announced the pool of players it would choose from to select who would represent the USA at the London Olympics this summer, there were 20 names.

Now, there are 16 who can go. Dwight Howard (back), LaMarcus Aldridge (hip) and Chauncey Billups (Achilles) are out due to injury and surgery, while Lamar Odom has been dropped from consideration due to his play (or lack of it). That leaves 16, and a little shortage along the front line.

So is USA basketball going to add to the pool? No, said head honcho Jerry Colangelo to Marc Stein of ESPN.

“We’re not going to add anyone,” Colangelo said Wednesday. “Even with the losses, we still feel like we’re pretty well covered.”

What the injuries mean is that the four existing centers and power forwards still in the pool — Tyson Chandler, Chris Bosh, Kevin Love and Blake Griffin — likely all make the team. (Griffin could be the odd man out because of his lack of a steady outside shot, but his raw athleticism would be a force in transition.) In international ball, where centers step out all the way to the three-point line at times, playing spurts with Love or Bosh at the five and LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony at the four is a very viable option.

In Beijing Team USA had a lot of success with that lineup. The concern for Team USA is the expected gold medal game with Spain, which runs a big lineup out there — Marc and Pau Gasol start at the four and five, plus they bring Serge Ibaka off the bench. But with Andrew Bynum saying he was not going to London this year to play, the United States does not have a lot of other true centers of quality to fall back on. (Look, I like DeMarcus Cousins and Roy Hibbert, but no. Not yet.) So USA Basketball will dance with the guys on the card.

  1. moseskkim - Apr 26, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    It’s funny how we were discussing who should be cut from the final list and now see we need pretty much everyone left. Spain does scare me but as long as team USA plays unselfish bball/hustles/fast transition, gold medal is ours!

  2. BigBeachBall - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    What if team USA just sent over the winner of the NCAA tournament instead? What would happen?

    • hawksandsawx - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:40 PM

      spain would win the gold medal, that’s what would happen

  3. astrosfan75956 - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Pretty stoked about team USA!

  4. juicedtothemax - Apr 27, 2012 at 3:31 AM

    Kentucky would smash Spain

  5. 24thesho - Apr 27, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Kendrick Perkins, Big Baby, Al Jefferson, Ronnie Milsap (Utah), DeMarcus Cousins(?), that great Pistons power forward whose name I can’t remember at this moment, JaVale McGee (with a clear understanding!!) Jordan from the Clippers.
    C’mon guys!

    • franchiseplaya - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      wow. mcgee, cousins or glen davis? thats a mini-murderers row of dysfunction. the only good would be that any of them might benefit from being around all the leaders in the Team USA lockerroom. maybe Jordan, he’s the “lite” version of Chandler . he’s long, runs the floor but his shot blocking is fools gold, hes not really a great defender. Perk has been around champions and some of the best to play the game in the Big 3 in Boston. id like his intensity and as a lockerroom guy but not sure he has the ability to keep up with european bigs.

  6. franchiseplaya - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    I think it would be cool to see anthony davis get a call up much like laettner in 92. he’s coming off a teriffic year. be a good experience for him to be around pros. he might be a bit to slight to compete with players who have their “man strength” for a full rotation but his length and energy could compensate somewhat. throw him in for some garbage minutes. sure there might be some pros more deserving but im sure the same could be said in 92.

  7. kavika6 - Apr 28, 2012 at 6:03 AM

    I can think of at least 5 big men that should go before Tyson Chandler. He was nothing more than a cheerleader in the 2010 FIBA’s. I think it would be embarrassing to have him represent our country.

    • kavika6 - Apr 28, 2012 at 6:16 AM

      What about Stoudemire?

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