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Anthony Davis, James Harden added to Team USA training camp

May 3, 2012, 6:59 PM EDT

Kentucky Wildcats' Davis goes to the hoop against Kansas Jayhawks' Withey during the second half of their men's NCAA Final Four championship college basketball game in New Orleans Reuters

Anthony Davis could go straight from winning a national championship with Kentucky to winning an Olympic gold medal with Team USA.

Davis, along with Oklahoma City guard James Harden, has been added to the pool of potential candidates that could be selected to represent the United States in London, USA Basketball President Jerry Colangelo announced.

“After a lot of deliberations, after reviewing our roster, we think these two additions strengthen our National Team program immeasurably. James Harden probably is the sixth man of the year in the NBA, and Anthony Davis brings a dimension to our pool we don’t have. He’s young, but it’s exciting to think about the possibilities,” Colangelo said in a released statement.

Team USA has been rocked by injuries. Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, LaMarcus Aldridge and Chauncey Billups are all out with injuries. Also, Lamar Odom has been removed from consideration after his lost season.

That dropped the pool of 20 down to 15, so this adds some depth to choose from. Harden’s high-IQ game and playmaking skills should fit well in international ball. Davis doesn’t have the polished offense of some other Team USA bigs (Kevin Love, Chris Bosh) but he is a good defender and athlete. Davis along with Tyson Chandler could form a defensive stopper back line for stretches.

The other players in the pool of potential Team USA members are:

Guards: Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Russell Westbrook, Kobe Bryant, Eric Gordon

Forwards: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, Andre Iguodala, Rudy Gay.

Center: Tyson Chandler.

Team USA will be selected at a training camp that starts in early July in Las Vegas.

  1. thebigkahuna23 - May 3, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Yes, looking at that talent pool, I too feel like it’s very slim pickings for the USA team. I mean how are we going to beat Spain? They got the weak pau gasol AND the fat pau gasol. When they’re on the court at the same time they make one complete, well rounded, player. Stiff competition indeed.

  2. astrosfan75956 - May 3, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Team USA is still loaded.

  3. lemfax - May 3, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    How about Duncan? After the 2012 nba finals I love to see him play once more for the dream team before he decided to retire his jersey.

    • abchome - May 4, 2012 at 3:02 AM

      Have you ever wondered why Duncan was never selected in Dream Team? He’s simply ineligible…

      • yeslock - May 4, 2012 at 3:30 PM

        And yet Duncan was on the 2004 US Olympic team. Do some research before you try to be a smartass

  4. cweb8123 - May 4, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    how is he ineligible? He was selected for the 2000 Sydney games but got a knee injury and couldn’t play and he did play on the 2004 team that got the Bronze, I felt sorry for him on that team.

  5. teehov843 - May 4, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Leave Blake Griffin off (Can’t hit a consistent jump shot or play defense). The team should be: CP3, Kobe,Wade, D-Will, Westbook, LeBron, Durant, Melo, Bosh, Love, Chandler and the Uni-Brow.

    Starters: CP3, Kobe, LeBron, Bosh, Chandler then bring in D-Will for CP3 and Wade for Kobe, Durant for LeBron and Melo could play the 4 position, Love or Uni-brow can play 4 or the 5 positions based on who their opponents have on the floor. Westbrook will sub in through out the game at the 1 and 2 positions.

    The only country that will compete is Spain with the Gasol brothers, Serge Ibaka and company. But not having Rubio and Rudy Fernandez will hurt them as well. Team USA should be able to win the GOLD with no problems! I personally can’t wait, it’s gonna be fun to watch!

    • dal24la - May 4, 2012 at 11:08 AM

      I agree with this post but Durant needs to play more minutes then Bosh. Bosh can start but Durant should get Starters minutes.

      • teehov843 - May 4, 2012 at 4:16 PM

        I agree!

  6. blacknyellablacknyella - May 4, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Harden is a great addition to the team. The consummate team player that does everything well. He can beat his guy off the dribble, goes hard to the hole, knocks down his foul shots, extraordinary passer, can hit the three, defends well . . . and he brings energy off the bench. Will provide the chemistry necessary to bring a TEAM together rather than just a collection of stars.

  7. girouxhasladyballs - May 23, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    bench should be russ harden iggy durant love. small ball to the max. floor would be so spread out. everyone can hit 3′s. cp3 can get everyone in foul trouble since international ball embraces flopping too.

  8. htk35 - Jun 8, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    cp3 kobe lebron Blake tyson
    Westbrook wade durant bosh or melo Davis
    Dwill won’t play much
    Melo in my opinion should play PF because bosh injury trouble he would be valuable coming of the bench

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