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Report: Anthony Davis severely sprains ankle, out of Olympics

Jul 2, 2012, 1:09 PM EST

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And Team USA loses another potential big man for the roster.

Recent No. 1 pick Anthony Davis severely sprained his ankle in a workout for the Hornets, which leaves him very unlikely to be ready when USA Basketball opens training camp Friday (July 6) in Las Vegas and he is now out for the games, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network.

Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated added USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo heard about the injury yesterday but didn’t know the severity of it at the time.

Apparently, pretty severe. And certainly the Hornets do not want to take any risks with their new face of the franchise. He should be fully recovered before the start of training camp, but whether he plays at Summer League may also be up in the air.

Team USA is really thin along the front line for the Olympics. Already Dwight Howard was out due to his back injury, LaMarcus Aldridge pulled out early due to injury, then last week Chris Bosh removed himself as he tries to recover from his abdominal injury suffered during the playoffs.

That leaves Tyson Chandler as the starting and only true center on the team. Expect to see Kevin Love get a lot of time at the five. It also means the special workout coach Mike Krzyzewski is having before the start of camp with Lamar Odom and Blake Griffin matters even more. No word on if a new big like DeMarcus Cousins or Roy Hibbert will be added to consideration for the team.

For most of the Olympic tournament going small with Love at the five and LeBron James at the four will be fine for Team USA. That whole “LeBron as power forward” thing overwhelmed NBA teams, no international teams will have an answer. But when Team USA runs into the world’s second best team, Spain (likely facing off for the gold medal) it will matter. Spain stars Marc and Pau Gasol and brings Serge Ibaka off the bench. They have real size with skill.

Team USA will also be without Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade and Chauncey Billups do to injury.

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In a separate note, young 76ers guard Jrue Holiday has been added to the USA Select team. That is the team invited to Team USA training camp as practice partners for the London-bound team. It is also where Team USA officials get a close look at guys they may want to play for Team USA in future tournaments.

  1. slopmcflop - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Davis looks like a total goober in that pic.

  2. bparmalee - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Do not add Cousins!! Why not take a guy like David Lee?? Good shot… good on the boards. Greg Monroe maybe. Oh and they won’t be adding Roy Hibbert since he played for Jamaica in 2010 he isn’t allowed to be on team USA’s roster…. so yeah.

    • poundtherock - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      Why not add Cousins? He’s a ridiculously talented big. Questions about his maturity and attitude have been drastically overblown. He even said he wants to be on the Olympic Team.

  3. camnellum12 - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Already? I wonder what drill he did to injure himself? And this suck, I wanted to see Davis go up against other rookie big men, like Drummond, Henson, Zeller, Plumlee, Royce White etc.

    • camnellum12 - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      *I wanted to see him play in the Summer League

  4. southpaw77 - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    The stick boy will get hurt a lot if he doesn’t add muscle.

    • slopmcflop - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:50 PM

      YEAH!

      Better get in the gym and get that ankle RIPPED!

      SQUATZ AND OATZ!

    • pmd5319 - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:33 PM

      He does need to add muscle, but I’m pretty sure bulked up guys sprain their ankles too. Not the end of the world for Davis, less time in Vegas/London means more time getting to know his new team. Get well AD.

  5. henryd3rd - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Has he signed his NBA contract yet?

  6. suhnum1fan - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Not that i’m hating but Davis has the potential to be the bust of the entire draft. kentucky bigs always flame out

  7. zblott - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Apparently the Olympic team is the new Trail Blazers.

  8. florida727 - Jul 2, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Man, I hope this doesn’t sound too stupid, but why don’t these guys wear ankle braces?

    I’ve had 5 complete ligament tears and 4 bone breaks in my ankles, to go along with a partial Achilles tear… all BEFORE starting to wear the lace-up style braces. I’ve never been hurt since and I play 3 sometimes 4 times per week. Okay, I get it… slow learner, right? :) But, geez, even I figured it out… eventually. These guys should be protecting their livelihoods. I’m just doing it because I enjoy playing.

  9. 00maltliquor - Jul 2, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Why is it that most players go all throughout high school and college without injuries and the m.f’n second they hit the pros they break like a UPS package handled by Ace Ventura?! Damn this is frustrating!!

    • slopmcflop - Jul 2, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      You keep having to push yourself at a greater level each jump you make. Most these guys barely had to give any effort in high school to dominate, didn’t even have to work out, etc.

      Then college, you start getting into the weightroom and you’re playing with a larger talent pool, so you put in that effort.

      NBA is only the best of the best, so you have to keep yourself going at a high level if you are going to compete. That’s when these guys have their bodies fail them.

      At least, that’s my guess as to why.

    • acdc363 - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:02 PM

      I can’t even begin to explain to you how grateful I am for that Ace Ventura reference.

  10. minnesotablizzard - Jul 2, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Before Rubio went down I was actually going to root for the Spain team to upset the US for gold. I still might, it would have been the biggest year in international sports competition history for Spain after their national team has dominated soccer. If Rubio could be out there with the Gasols & company they would have had a real chance at winning it.

  11. rickyspanish - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    00maltliquor

    Ace Ventura references make me happy.

  12. rocketsbb - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Already looking at being a bust, but I hope not.

  13. fanz928 - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Cousin ha temper issues David lee is isn’t big enough for the Olympics and hibbert just lacks the skills in defense and offense

  14. detroitrollin22 - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    AND IT BEGINS, THE UNI-BUST

  15. southpaw77 - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    There are ankle exercises that one can do to strengthen it but I’m not talking about that. The amount of wear and tear on the knees if you lack muscle in your legs will be tough on him. Plus any errand knee or elbow to his body will leave knots, bruises, etc.
    For a post player he’s gonna need to add some lean muscle or turn into a jump shooter like Durant. Lol

  16. proballerslounge - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    http://proballerslounge.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/who-is-the-nbas-greatest-winner/

  17. dexterismyhero - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    tripped on the Brow I bet.

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