Saturday Afternoon, the USA finalized the roster of 12 players that will be headed to London to defend their gold medal for the 2012 Olympics. The 12 players that made the roster were Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Andre Iguodala, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Tyson Chandler and Kevin Love.
Surprisingly, Rudy Gay, Eric Gordon, and Anthony Davis did not make the team. Although Anthony Davis is hurt, not many people expected to see James Harden make the team over players like Gay or Gordon.
Chris Paul talked very well about the team last night, saying “One through 12, no question we’re deeper than we were in ’08.” And he’s saying that even with Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Chris Bosh, AND Dwight Howard all missing the Olympics with injuries.
The Americans opened training camp Friday and will practice here through next Wednesday, then play an exhibition game against the Dominican Republic on Thursday.
The players who were not selected will be alternates who could be replacements in case of further injuries up until 48 hours before the July 27 start of the Olympics. Davis will stick around just in case, playing on the select team.