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PostPosted: 06/07/16 12:12 pm    ::: Men's Olympic basketball team Reply Reply with quote

Early withdraws from Blake Griffin(knee), Chris Paul(hand), Anthony Davis(knee/shoulder) & John Wall(knee) have already been announced, but most recent withdrawls of Curry(rest) & now Aldridge(finger) leaving the current list of candidates at 25.

Edited on June 10 - Westbrook has withdrawn from the Olympics(rest).
Edited on June 11 - Harden has withdrawn(rest).
Edited on June 23 - Drummond, Lillard(plantar fasciitis), James(rest), Leonard(baby) withdraw.

The list currently has(^confirmed for final roster):
Carmelo Anthony^ (New York Knicks)
Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors)
Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)
Jimmy Butler^ (Chicago Bulls)
Michael Conley (Memphis Grizzlies)
DeMarcus Cousins^ (Sacramento Kings)
DeMar DeRozan^ (Toronto Raptors)
Kevin Durant^ (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets)
Rudy Gay (Sacramento Kings)
Paul George^ (Indiana Pacers)
Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)
Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz)
Dwight Howard (Houston Rockets)
Andre Iguodala (Golden State Warriors)
Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers)
DeAndre Jordan^ (Los Angeles Clippers)
Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Kyle Lowry^ (Toronto Raptors)
Klay Thompson^ (Golden State Warriors)

The likely 12* if no one else drops:
PG: Irving/Lowry^
SG: Anthony^/Thompson^/Butler^/DeRozan^
SF: Durant^/George^
PF: Green/Love
C: Howard/Jordan^/Cousins^

http://espn.go.com/olympics/story/_/id/16451044/carmelo-anthony-kyle-lowry-jimmy-butler-commit-playing-us-rio-games



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PostPosted: 06/11/16 11:12 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

You can remove James Harden from the list.

Starting to wonder who will be the favorite for the gold medal.



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PostPosted: 06/23/16 11:36 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Carmelo Anthony, Kyle Lowry, Jimmy Butler accept Team USA invite

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Add Carmelo Anthony, Kyle Lowry and Jimmy Butler to the list of players who have committed to representing the United States at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Anthony, who has a chance to become the first men's basketball player to win three Olympic gold medals, will be making the trip to Rio, sources confirmed to ESPN on Thursday after it was first reported by The Vertical. He won gold with the U.S. in 2008 and 2012, and he also won a bronze medal in 2004.


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Chris Paul and LeBron James also won gold medals with Anthony in 2008 and 2012. James told various reporters at the Cavs' championship parade that he's leaning toward not playing in the Olympics after a long season. Paul will not play, opting instead to rest this summer.

Kevin Durant confirmed earlier this week that he would play in Rio, while sources have told The Undefeated that Paul George, Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins also will play for the U.S.

Souces told ESPN that Team USA remains hopeful that Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson will ultimately accept their Olympic invites after long playoff runs.

Damian Lillard will not be making the trip to Rio, The Vertical reported Thursday, as the Portland Trail Blazers guard continues to rehab his plantar fasciitis injury.

All were among the 31 finalists named for the 2016 U.S. Olympic team in January.


http://espn.go.com/olympics/story/_/id/16451044/carmelo-anthony-kyle-lowry-jimmy-butler-commit-playing-us-rio-games



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PostPosted: 06/23/16 12:33 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The likely 12* if no one else drops(^confirmed for final roster):
PG: Irving/Lowry^
SG: Anthony^/Thompson^/Butler^/DeRozan^
SF: Durant^/George^
PF: Green/Love
C: Howard/Jordan^/Cousins^

*just found out Leonard has also withdrawn. This should be the final 12.

*Thompson just confirmed he's on the team. However, DeRozan has also confirmed he's on the team. I wonder how out of Irving, Love, Green & Howard are backing out. The team is rather guard heavy if Irving is also on the team.



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PostPosted: 06/25/16 6:31 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Irving, Barnes final players to accept Team USA invite for Rio games. Love opts to sit out. No word on why Howard isn't on the list.

http://espn.go.com/olympics/story/_/id/16513542/kyrie-irving-cleveland-cavaliers-commits-rio-games-us

PG: Irving/Lowry
SG: Thompson/Butler/DeRozan
SF: Anthony/George
PF: Durant/Green/Barnes
C: Jordan/Cousins

starting Durant at PF just to balance out the guards. Or does Anthony start at SG, Durant at SF & Green at PF?



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PostPosted: 06/27/16 9:43 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

still confused about Barnes. And no reason why Howard isn't on the team.



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PostPosted: 06/28/16 11:58 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

toad455 wrote:
Irving, Barnes final players to accept Team USA invite for Rio games. Love opts to sit out. No word on why Howard isn't on the list.

http://espn.go.com/olympics/story/_/id/16513542/kyrie-irving-cleveland-cavaliers-commits-rio-games-us

PG: Irving/Lowry
SG: Thompson/Butler/DeRozan
SF: Anthony/George
PF: Durant/Green/Barnes
C: Jordan/Cousins

starting Durant at PF just to balance out the guards. Or does Anthony start at SG, Durant at SF & Green at PF?


Coach K liked playing Anthony and James together at the PG positions. I think Green, with his playmaking ability, should definitely start, with Durant at SF.

But can Anthony handle being a bench player? My guess is yes.


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PostPosted: 06/28/16 2:37 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Who's going to be the leader(s) that drive this team? Who's going to be the heart and soul... (wait, I guess Draymond call fill that role if his teammates allow). Team USA looks the most vulnerable it has since before the first Dream Team. International baller/athletes are catching up to the US. Competition will be a lot stiffer than in years past. Can these guys come together and do what's necessary to win?
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