Per ESPN, Colangelo and USA basketball have until July 8 to submit a 12 man roster. Additionally, the James Harden was also added to the 18 man group. The rest are Kobe, LeBron, Carmelo, Wade, Bosh, Love, Chandler, Paul, Williams, Griffin, Iguodala, Durant, Gay, Westbrook, Odom and Eric Gordon.
I didn't realize it was a USOC deadline and not a FIBA one, so it isn't surprising that the extension was granted. Barring injury, I'd be surprised to see Harden as part of the final 12, but wouldn't mind seeing Davis as part of the London team. Even if Davis is used like Boozer in 2008, it couldn't hurt to have a 12th man at a potential position of need.
"Just be you. You is Enough."
As far as injuries, I wouldn't be surprised if Chris Paul begged off, too, especially now that he is going another playoff round. Maybe that opens the door a crack for Kyrie!
For the bigs - Greg Monroe and Roy Hibbert...come on down!
DeMarcus Cousins -- Kings
Jeremy Lin -- Knicks
Klay Thompson -- Warriors
Kyrie Irving -- Cavaliers
John Wall -- Wizards
DeMar DeRozan -- Toronto
Paul George -- Pacers
Gordon Hayward -- Jazz
Kawhi Leonard -- Spurs
DeJuan Blair -- Spurs
Ryan Anderson -- Magic
Taj Gibson -- Bulls
Derrick Favors -- Jazz
Chris Bosh bear watching.
Klay is one of the best shooters on that list along with Anderson.
Who ever put this squad together did a very good job of mixing players with different talents and strengths. They will give the National team a challenge.
My starting 5:
Monroe should be on the list. He made the Pistons...watchable. That has got to count for something, right?
How about Javale? I know that a lot of people are knocking on his low basketball IQ. But he's shown a lot of improvements under George Karl.
The schedule of games has been announced:
I will list the USA preliminary round games with the times listed there, which I assume are local and would be 5 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight and 8 hours ahead of us here in the Pacific Time Zone.
Sunday, 7/29, 14:30 vs France
Tuesday, 7/31, 22:15 vs Tunisia
Thursday, 8/2, 22:15 vs Qualifier 2
Saturday, 8/4, 14:30 vs Qualifier 1
Tuesday, 8/6, 22:15 vs Argentina
I think this is a good order for us. We play France first and both teams should be around the same level of fitness/cohesiveness. It is good to avoid the qualifiers early since they will have momentum from their tournament earlier in the summer. Playing Argentina last is also good, because their age will leave them slightly weaker by the end of the round and they would probably take it easy if they have already sealed a quarterfinal spot. We get 3 late time slots, which should make it a little easier to catch the action on TV.
Was nice to see Bosh get in the game yesterday and play pretty well in his limited minutes. I'd have to assume at this point that he'd be healthy for the Olympics, but who knows if he'll choose to stay home and rest. Couldn't really blame him if he does. Also, if the Heat lose and decide to blow up the team, could that affect the availability of the Big Three? They might decide not to risk injury before starting with new teams and/or renegotiating their contracts.
“We made a commitment back in October that we would select two players from the 2011 USA Pan American Games Team and invite them to be part of the 2012 USA Select Team,” explained Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball chairman. “Greg (Stiemsma) and Lance (Thomas) were valuable contributors to the USA’s bronze medal showing at the 2011 Pan American Games and both earned their way on to NBA rosters this season and demonstrated they can contribute at that level. I’m pleased to have both players join the USA Select Team.”