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Team USA Basketball Summer Olympics 2012

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Might be early for a thread on this but the USA will be without LaMarcus Aldridge, Lamar Odom, Dwight Howard, Chauncey Billups and Derrick Rose. Colangelo said that the USA would not be adding players but that was before Rose's injury.

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Lamar Odom

Rudy Gay

Eric Gordon

Anthony Davis

Dwight Howard

Derrick Rose

Dwyane Wade

Chauncey Billups

Chris Bosh

LaMarcus Aldridge

grey=left out

red=injured

Training Schedule

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Competition Schedule

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Should add Bynum with Howard's injury.

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The team clearly needs more big men and Bynum is obviously the best one available, but I'm not sure he will want to play. Coming in to the team so late in the process he may end up with a smaller role than he would like.

If you cant get Bynum, I would have 2 guys in mind to add- Deandre Jordan, a well-liked guy around the NBA who can back up Chandler in case he get in foul trouble or hurt, and Ryan Anderson because he is tall an can shoot threes all day. He just seems like a Euro guy anyways, and he can be the USA team's Steve Novak

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I really don't think a lot of the players should participate, with the shorten compact season, playoffs until the summer for some it is just too much on the body. This is not a normal year, and I think the players need time to rest after this season.

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Bynum wasn't on the team initially, iirc. He was recently asked to join the team and declined.

I really don't think a lot of the players should participate, with the shorten compact season, playoffs until the summer for some it is just too much on the body. This is not a normal year, and I think the players need time to rest after this season.

I think it depends on the player and their own personal goals. Many NBA players have little to no shot at an NBA title in their current situations. Andre Iguodola, Kevin Love, Rudy Gay, Carmelo Anthony, Derron Williams, Chris Paul, etc. aren't going to be winning an NBA title anytime soon, imo. Those players have more incentive to go play as they have a much better chance at a gold medal.

I think the Heat players might bail out if they lose after another long playoff run.

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http://sports.yahoo.com/news/us-adds-davis-harden-olympic-224056184--nba.html

US adds Davis, Harden to Olympic pool

The U.S. has added college player of the year Anthony Davis and Oklahoma City's James Harden to its pool of finalists for its Olympic men's basketball roster. After losing Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose to their injury list, the Americans are back to 18 healthy players in the pool, allowing for a 12-man roster and six alternates.

Davis led Kentucky to the NCAA championship, winning the Most Outstanding Player award at the Final Four, and is expected to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. Harden, a guard, is one of the NBA's top sixth men.

The final roster has to be selected by June 18.

The remaining healthy finalists are: Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook, Tyson Chandler, Kevin Love, Andre Iguodala, Rudy Gay, Eric Gordon and Lamar Odom - though his status is uncertain after his poor season that resulted in the Dallas Mavericks deactivating him.

Good adds, I'd like to see them both make the team

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Need to get Lamar Odom off of there.

Dont need that circus at the Olympics.

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Now Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are out. They're dropping like flies.

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c anthony

blake griffin

kobe

tyson chandler

anthony davis

durant

rudy gay

eric gordon

james harden

andre iguodala

lebron

k love

lamar odom

chris paul

russel westbrook

deron williams

are the final 16 picked for the 12 spots.

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c anthony

blake griffin

kobe

tyson chandler

anthony davis

durant

rudy gay

eric gordon

james harden

andre iguodala

lebron

k love

lamar odom

chris paul

russel westbrook

deron williams

The ones in bold are who I'd take to London with me.

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c anthony

blake griffin

kobe

tyson chandler

anthony davis

durant

rudy gay

eric gordon

james harden

andre iguodala

lebron

k love

lamar odom

chris paul

russel westbrook

deron williams

Thats the team I would take. Paul-Kobe-Durant-Lebron-Chandler would start, Deron-Melo-Love would be the first guys off the bench. Iggy and Anthony Davis would be situational defenders, Harden is there in case you need some more shooting, and Blake Griffin can play garbage time to make some awesome highlights

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I think the team is going to struggle. France has Tony Parker, Diaw, Batum, etc. The FIBA rules favor their game. The USA has overwhelmed its opponents with physical ability in the past two championships. Without Wade, Howard, Bosh, Rose, etc. they're going to have to be the better team in the half court in some games.

They're certainly still the favorites but there is cause to be worried.

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