USA Basketball Roster Set for Olympics

  • July 9, 2012, 11:37 AM

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and three other Olympic gold medalists were already back.

Add a defensive stopper, a potent scorer off the bench, and one of the NBA's most explosive athletes, and the U.S. is certain it has a powerful Olympic basketball team.

Better even than the one that won gold four years ago.

"We feel like we're definitely a great team. We have all the pieces that we need," forward Carmelo Anthony said. "We've got to put it together, but we feel like we're the best team out there."

The Americans rounded out their roster Saturday, adding Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala and James Harden to the nine players who already seemed secure long before training camp began.

They earned the final three spots that opened after a rash of injuries knocked out at least four players who would have been on the team. They beat out Eric Gordon, Rudy Gay and No. 1 draft pick Anthony Davis of New Orleans, who couldn't scrimmage this week because of a sprained ankle.

The roster for London:

Carmelo Anthony, F, New York Knicks
Kobe Bryant, G, Los Angeles Lakers
Tyson Chandler, C, New York Knicks
Kevin Durant, F, Oklahoma City Thunder
Blake Griffin, F, Los Angeles Clippers
James Harden, G, Oklahoma City Thunder
Andre Iguodala, G/F, Philadelphia 76ers
LeBron James, F, Miami Heat
Kevin Love, F, Minnesota Timberwolves
Chris Paul, G, Los Angeles Clippers
Russell Westbrook, G, Oklahoma City Thunder
Deron Williams, G, Brooklyn Nets
Head coach: Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University
Assistant coaches: Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University; Mike D'Antoni; Nate McMillan

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yo us is going to kick butt

Sweet I love basketball!

No Iguodala put Dirk in there beast!

Big mistake NOT puting Dirk.

Dude Dirks from Germany. And wheres Rondo on this team?

lebron is sooooooo rude

go men hoops go for the gold

i guess, i like the dream team better. but if the dream team vs 12 usa team that would be a jump ball

This is like the real dream team compared to the other one from '92

sure, lebron isnt half as good as larry bird, jordan, or magic so ur wrong gooooo celtics

Why is Krzyzewski coaching olympians when he is a collage coach? Something fishy is going on...

hey coach k is awesome, he knows what he is doing and saying unlike coach spolstra

Am I hearing this Coach K is the 2nd best b-ball coach ever with Phil Jackson at #1

USA going to win gold again!LeBron is going to dominate!!!!!


aaaaaahhhhh na, james harden and kevin durant they keep their mouth shut and have manners unlike lebron. they should only allow classy people in the olympics so bye bye lebron, wade, and bosch. put in rondo in he actually has a brain

I say Durant Domination, But do you think coach k should coach? he's a collage coach coaching olympians? something fishy is going on...

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