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Kobe, LeBron lead list of nine who secured berths on Team USA

Jul 2, 2012, 11:24 PM EDT

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There are no surprises — did you think Kobe Bryant or LeBron James were going to be left off the team? —  but now we know nine of the 12 players who will represent the United States in the London Olympic basketball tournament.

USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo laid it out for Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida.

In a phone interview with FOX Sports Florida, Colangelo said 2008 Olympic holdovers LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Deron Williams are assured of being on the team in London along with 2010 World Championship holdovers Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love and Tyson Chandler.

Again, no surprises there. And Colangelo said there would be no additions to the team at this point.

So there are six players left — Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala, Rudy Gay, James Harden, Eric Gordon and Anthony Davis — fighting for three spots. While Colangelo wouldn’t rule out Davis, the fact he sprained his ankle might cost him any real chance.

Because Team USA could use more height along the front line, one of those three places almost certainly will be Griffin’s. My guess is that Harden or Gordon will get a spot as a backup two, and Iguodala or Gay will get the other spot, but coach Mike Krzyzewski has options.

The entire team will be announced in a television special on NBA TV Saturday at 7 p.m. Eastern (after just a couple days of practice). From there Team USA will keep practicing, readying for a game against the Dominican Republic — which is in Venezuela right now trying to qualify for the Games through FIBA’s second chance qualifier matching teams that just missed out in their regions — on Thursday, July 12.

  1. joshm5683 - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Kobe and Lebron making Team USA is not newsworthy. Gilbert Arenas making the team would be haha

  2. rickyspanish - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    I’m so jacked up on America right now! Olympic hoops and the 4th of July, USA all the way!

    • addictedzone - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:58 AM

      And the Nathan’s Hotdog Eating Contest for the coveted mustard yellow belt.

      • p1nch3dloaf - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:10 AM

        C’mon Chestnut…70’s the mark…you can do it!

  3. jengibre23 - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    I would choose blake Andre and Anthony Davis. Because harden had a pretty bad series when they really needed him. Eric gordon i don’t think is a real star in this league and Rudy gay hasn’t really done much to earn it. And the last time they had rookies on the Olympic team was emeka okafor and you can expect Davis will be Better than okafor

    • lyndseymarieee - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:45 AM

      They are reporting he probably won’t go due to a sprained ankle.

      • florida727 - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:28 AM

        There was one PBT story earlier in the week that flat stated he’s out because the sprain was pretty bad.

    • denverhoopdreams - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:40 PM

      The only real thing that I can agree with here is that Harden did have a terrible series when it really counted in the Finals.

      Now, I may be a Nuggets fan and really wasn’t going for the Thunder in the series, but I still really like Harden (and Durant). Harden is a player that is versatile at attacking the rim and on the wing, and would truly be an asset to a team against international teams… but is his head really in it for the big stage?

      That’s what I want to know, and if he gets a spot, we can find out if he can redeem himself.

  4. skoobyfl - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    Kobe in the olympic village dorms is a scary thought, no room service allowed.

  5. clippernation365 - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    easy, Gay Gordon and Griffin

  6. proballerslounge - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    • florida727 - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:24 AM


  7. pistolpete0903 - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    This summer, I am taking my talents to London.

  8. aldavis4president - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    Out of the names you mentioned I’m goin Blake Gordon and gay..I like iggy bt his shot iz horrible and harden I dnt think can hang at da Olympic level ..we need size though I’d drop gay for cousins Dlee Djordan maybe Monroe if they’re available…Ryan andersons and Fryes game would translate well in da Olympics too

    • borderline1988 - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:49 AM

      Channing Frye? Are you serious?

    • florida727 - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      No offense, but you do realize the final three will only be chosen from the final six listed in the story, right?


      Those are the choices. NOT listed: Jordan, Lee, Monroe, Anderson, or Frye

      Starting to get the hang of it yet? Geez…

  9. rushbacker - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    Griffin is an obvious choice. I’d add Harden as well. With Westbrook and Melo likely on the second unit, they could use another facilitator. You could go either Gordon or Iggy with the last spot, but with the premium on shooting in the international game, I’d probably take Gordon if he’s fully healthy.

    • redblue560 - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:37 AM

      Anthony and Westbrook playing with the second unit….. what will the other 3 players do then ?

      • florida727 - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:29 AM


  10. truthhurtstoo - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:54 AM

    Don’t send Harden…. he’s still in a daze from the HEAT beatdown

  11. wjmoffatt - Jul 3, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    Blake, Harden, and Davis need to go

  12. reesesteel23 - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Kobe should go home…

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