LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Following two USA Basketball Men's National Team training sessions, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo today announced the official nominees for the 12-man U.S. Olympic Team men's basketball roster. The U.S. hoops roster is pending final approval by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
"We projected we would have difficulty getting down to a roster of 12, regardless of the number of injuries that have taken place, because they are such an outstanding group of people and athletes," Colangelo said. "The final selections keep us in concert with our game plan to have athleticism, versatility and strong depth on our roster. I think our final roster epitomizes all of that."
"We have benefited so much from having a pool of outstanding players who are committed, and as a result the selection is difficult. But it's the best challenge that you could have because everyone has been so committed," head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "The guys who were not selected are in our pool, and if someone did get hurt, they are already part of our team and could be seamlessly woven in at a later date. We really appreciate the commitment of all of these guys."
Nominated for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team were: Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks); Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers); Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers); James Harden (Oklahoma City Thunder); Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers); LeBron James (Miami Heat); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers); Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder); and Deron Williams (Brooklyn Nets).
The USA roster features five members of the 2008 gold medalist U.S. Olympic Team (Anthony, Bryant, James, Paul and Williams), five members of the gold medalist 2010 World Championship team (Chandler, Durant, Iguodala, Love and Westbrook), and two newcomers (Griffin and Harden).
The average age of the 12 U.S. players is 26.1 years of age.
The 2012 USA coaching staff is led by Duke University Hall of Fame mentor Krzyzewski, who has led the USA Basketball Men's National Team to gold medal finishes at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2008 Beijing Olympics. Assisting Krzyzewski is Syracuse University and Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim, and former NBA head coaches Mike D'Antoni and Nate McMillan.
The USA National Team is currently training through July 12 in Las Vegas, Nev. The Americans' Las Vegas training concludes July 12 (6:00 p.m. local time) with the USA Basketball Showcase that features the USA facing the Dominican Republic at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center. Tickets for the exhibition game can be purchased by calling 702-739-FANS or online at http://www.UNLVtickets.com/eventInfo/spe/310/usa-basketball/.
Following the USA's training and exhibition contest in Las Vegas, the USA will move on to the nation's capital, Washington, D.C., to train July 13-15 and play an exhibition contest versus Brazil at the Verizon Center on July 16 (8 p.m. local time). The game will be part of a doubleheader with the USA Basketball Women's National Team, which will face Brazil's Women's National Team (5:30 p.m. local time).
The USA men will continue their preparations July 17-18 in Manchester, England, and on July 19 (7:30 p.m. local time) will play Great Britain at the Manchester Arena. The USA women will square off against the Great Britain women at the Manchester Arena on July 18 (7:30 p.m. local time). Tickets for both the USA men's and women's national team games against their respective Great Britain counterparts are available by calling +44 (0) 844 847 8000 or at www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
Twenty years after the USA Dream Team made its debut in Barcelona, Spain, the
U.S. returns and will conclude its tour with a pair of exhibition games against
FIBA's No. 2 and No. 3 ranked world powers. Facing No. 3 ranked Argentina on
July 22 (9:30 p.m. local time) at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, the USA
will close out its exhibition tour against FIBA's No. 2 ranked power Spain on
July 24 (9:30 p.m. local time) at the Palau Sant Jordi. Tickets for the games
in Barcelona are available at www.entradas.com/entradas/comprar-entradas-torneo-usa-espana-argentina.
2012 USA Basketball Men's National Team
The USA Basketball Men's National Team Program in 2010-12 is again headed by Colangelo, who has served as managing director of the USA Men's National Team since 2005.
USA Basketball initiated its historic men's national team program in 2005 and capped the 2005-2008 quad competitions with a magnificent gold medal run. Since Colangelo and Krzyzewski became involved in the USA National Team, the U.S. has compiled a sterling 49-1 record (.980 winning percentage), and just as importantly reestablished the USA national team and its members as positive ambassadors for the United States and the sport.
In 2010, Colangelo and Krzyzewski assembled a USA World Championship squad that finished 9-0 and captured gold in Istanbul, Turkey. It was the USA's first gold medal finish at the FIBA World Championship since 1994.
Since first fielding a USA Basketball team of legendary NBA stars in 1992, USA Basketball National Teams comprised of NBA players have claimed gold medals in 11 of 14 major international basketball competitions, while compiling an impressive 109-7 overall record (.940 winning percentage) in those competitions and a record of 37-1 (.974 winning percentage) in exhibition games.
The USA, gold medalists in 13 of the 16 Olympics in which it has played, has a
remarkable 122-5 win-loss record for a 96.1 winning percentage. U.S. Olympic
teams featuring NBA players are 37-3 in Olympic play and the U.S. has won four
of the last five Olympic titles when NBA players have participated (1992, 1996,
2000 and 2008).
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the United States by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international basketball competitions, as well as for some national competitions.
Since 2008, USA Basketball men's and women's teams have compiled a sterling 134-6 win-loss record in FIBA or FIBA Americas competitions. USA teams are the current men's and women's champions of the Olympics and the FIBA World Championships; FIBA women's U19 world champions; the men's and women's title holders for the FIBA U17 World Championships; and the men's and women's U18 and U16 FIBA Americas champions. USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls.
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2012 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team
NAME POS HGT WGT DOB CURRENT TEAM / COLLEGE or HIGH SCHOOL
Carmelo Anthony F 6-8 230 5/29/84 New York Knicks / Syracuse University
Kobe Bryant G 6-6 205 8/23/78 Los Angeles Lakers / Lower Merion H.S. (PA)
Tyson Chandler C 7-1 235 10/02/82 New York Knicks / Dominguez H.S. (CA)
Kevin Durant G 6-9 230 9/29/88 Oklahoma City Thunder / University of Texas
Blake Griffin F 6-10 251 3/16/89 Los Angeles Clippers / University of Oklahoma
James Harden G 6-5 220 8/26/89 Oklahoma City Thunder / Arizona State
Andre Iguodala G/F 6-6 207 1/28/84 Philadelphia 76ers / University of Arizona
LeBron James F 6-8 250 12/30/84 Miami Heat / St. Vincent-St. Mary H.S. (OH)
Kevin Love F 6-10 260 9/07/88 Minnesota Timberwolves / UCLA
Chris Paul G 6-0 175 5/06/85 Los Angeles Clippers / Wake Forest University
Russell Westbrook G 6-3 187 11/12/88 Oklahoma City Thunder / UCLA
Deron Williams G 6-3 207 7/26/84 Brooklyn Nets / University of Illinois
Managing Director: Jerry Colangelo
Head Coach: Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University
Assistant Coach: Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University
Assistant Coach: Mike D'Antoni
Assistant Coach: Nate McMillan
Team Physician: Don Roberts, Portland Trail Blazers
Team Physician: Paul Saenz, San Antonio Spurs
Athletic Trainer: Joseph Sharpe, Oklahoma City Thunder
Athletic Trainer: Casey Smith, Dallas Mavericks
2012 USA Basketball Men's National Team Schedule
July 5-12 Las Vegas Training / Exhibition - Las Vegas, Nevada
July 6-11 (12-3 p.m.) USA Team Training University of Nevada-Las Vegas
July 12 (6 p.m.) USA vs. Dominican Republic Thomas & Mack Center, UNLV,
Exhibition Game Las Vegas, Nevada
July 13-16 USA Training / Exhibition - Washington, D.C.
July 13-15 USA Team Training Washington, D.C.
July 16 (5:30 p.m.) USA Women vs. Brazil Exhibition Game Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
July 16 (8 p.m.) USA Men vs. Brazil Exhibition Game Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
July 17-19 USA Training / Exhibition Games - Manchester, England
July 17-18 USA Team Training Manchester, England
July 18 (7:30 p.m.) USA Women vs. Great Britain Exhibition Game Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
July 19 (7:30 p.m.) USA Men vs. Great Britain Exhibition Game Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
July 20-25 USA Training / Exhibition Games - Barcelona, Spain
July 20 / TBD USA Training Barcelona, Spain
July 21 / 12-3 p.m. USA Training Barcelona, Spain
July 22 / 9:30 p.m. USA vs. Argentina Exhibition Game Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain
July 23 / 1-4 p.m. USA Training Barcelona, Spain
July 24 / 10:30 p.m. USA vs. Spain exhibition game Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain
July 25 / 12-3 p.m. USA Team Training Barcelona, Spain
2012 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team Schedule
July 29-Aug. 12 2012 Olympics - London, England
July 27 / 9:30-11:30 a.m. USA Training University of East London
July 27 / 1-2 p.m. USA Team Press Conference Main Press Center
July 28 / 2-5 p.m. USA Training University of East London
Preliminary Round Play
July 29 / 2:30 p.m. USA vs. France Olympic Park London
July 30 / 2-5 p.m. USA Training University of East London
July 31 / 10:15 p.m. USA vs. Tunisia Olympic Park London
Aug. 1 / 2-5 p.m. USA Training University of East London
Aug. 2 / 10:15 p.m. USA vs. TBD Olympic Park London
Aug. 3 / 2-5 p.m. USA Training University of East London
Aug. 4 / 2:30 p.m. USA vs. TBD Olympic Park London
Aug. 5 / 2-5 p.m. USA Training University of East London
Aug. 6 / 10:15 p.m. USA vs. Argentina Olympic Park London
Aug. 7 / 2-5 p.m. USA Training University of East London
Aug. 8 / TBD Quarterfinals North Greenwich Arena
Aug. 9 / 2-5 p.m. USA Training University of East London
Aug. 10 / TBD Semifinals North Greenwich Arena
Aug. 11 / 2-5 p.m. USA Training University of East London
Aug. 12 / TBD Finals North Greenwich Arena
-Schedule is subject to change.
-All times listed are local times.