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Team USA announces 20 roster finalists

Posted on: January 16, 2012 12:45 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 5:58 am
Posted by Royce Young

It might not be the Dream Team as LeBron thinks it is, but the 2012 United States Olympic squad is going to be one very stacked roster.

It was announced Monday the 20 finalists for Team USA's London roster with most of the names having either a gold medal from the 2008 Olympics or 2010 World Championships. The only two without any national team experience are LaMarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin.

Initially, there were going to be just 18 finalists, but the roster was expanded to 20 to make room for the surplus of talent coach Mike Krzyzewski and chairman Jerry Colangelo will pick from. The final roster will have 12 players.

The finalists are Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, Chris Bosh, Chauncey Billups, Rudy Gay, Tyson Chandler, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Love, Lamar Odom, Eric Gordon, Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams.

Much like the 2010 World Championship team, the roster is a tad light on big men as Andrew Bynum wasn't included because he didn't want to participate. You'd have to think Coach K would take both Chandler and Howard.

Kobe, LeBron, Melo, Durant, Rose, Paul and Wade are also locks. So that leaves three open spots. How do you possibly narrow that group of Deron Williams, Westbrook, Griffin, Gay, Love, Aldridge and Bosh down to three? I think you can toss out Odom and Billups and probably Gordon, just because the roster is stacked with 2-guards. Iguodala's defense would be wonderful to have and as he showed in Turkey, he's a terrific role player when surrounded with talent. But LeBron can handle everything Iggy would do, and more.

Most rosters have three point guards, so either Westbrook or Williams will likely make the team. So assuming one of those make it, that leaves two spots, most likely both for power forwards. So it's a matter of choosing between Aldridge, Love, Griffin and Bosh. Good luck with that.


Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2012 6:35 pm

Team USA announces 20 roster finalists

I say forget Carmelo, he just doesn't work well with other stars in my opinion. He is a great player but not fit for an Olympic team. My roster would be: Rose, Paul, Williams, Bryant, Wade, Durant, James, Iguodala, Bosh, Love, Howard, Chandler. Aldridge is the one who was left out, but Iguodala is a role guy that would be terrific filling spots off the bench and defending. 

Since: Jan 3, 2012
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:32 am

Team USA announces 20 roster finalists

Coach K should have kept most of last years team with the exception of Billiups and Odom. Keeping those guy and adding just a couple more pieces should have made thing easier.

Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: January 17, 2012 9:20 pm

Team USA announces 20 roster finalists

"Williams, CP3 and Rose at the 1........stop right there"...common you cannot be that foolish to think that these 3 guys would bring home the Gold!? you need a team, not a bunch of big names from their respective teams. Coach K is a team oriented coach, his style of coaching has alot to do with how well the USA team does

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:43 pm

Team USA announces 20 roster finalists

Really?  Kobe spelled Koby?  It's not like the keys are next to each other on the key board........he's only been playing for 16 years and is going to go down as one of the best ever and you spelled his name Koby?

I hope K Love makes the team, the guy works hard and rebounds like a machine.  He is not glamorous, but I want that tough inside presence to rip down boards start the break going the other way.

Williams, CP3 and Rose at the 1........stop right there, that is already far superior to any other team coming to the games.

The center position is lacking, Howard cannot do it all by himself.  Why is Bynum saying he doesn't want to play?  Is he bummed that the Playboy Playmates won't be there for him to carry on his shoulder's or is that they would not issue a handicapped parking permit for him while at the games?

Makes me proud to be an American to see names like Paul Pierce, KG, Ray Allen and Rondo not even in the running........

Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 11:22 am

Team USA announces 20 roster finalists

Kevin Love. No question. Rebounds AND Treys? C'mon Man!

Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 10:08 am

Team USA announces 20 roster finalists

In international ball you have to be able to hit a jumpshot. Rondo has proven he is way to inconsistent. Not that Westbrook is much better, they just need a point guard with some range, Rose and Paul will really be all they need. It will be hard enough to find minutes for just those two.

Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: January 17, 2012 9:47 am
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Since: Mar 16, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 7:22 am

Team USA announces 20 roster finalists

Saw SportsCenter highlights between Mavs and Lakers this morn.  Lamar is a pretty sour dude right now, huh?  I would be pissed if he was my teammate.

Since: Mar 16, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 7:21 am

Team USA announces 20 roster finalists

Exactly KLM!

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 17, 2012 7:03 am

Team USA announces 20 roster finalists

Lamar Oden? Seriously? He's sitting on the bench of the Mavs and pouting and making zero contributions. Team USA is all about TEAM TEAM TEAM and not ME ME ME. What makes anyone think he deserves a shot on a team where he'd have to put the team before himself. I'd rather see an old and wise Tim Duncan over a me-baby. I'm fine with the other finalists.

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