The 2012 U.S. Men’s Basketball roster will officially be announced tonight. USA Basketball boss Jerry Colangelo and head coach Mike Krzyzewski have reportedly chosen 10 of the players to fill the 12 man roster but still have two open spots.
According to SB Nation, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Kevin Durant,Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Tyson Chandler, and Blake Griffin have secured spots on the U.S. Men’s Basketball roster. Andre Iguodala, Eric Gordon and Rudy Gay, James Harden and Anthony Davis are fighting for the remaining two spots.
The players who do not make the roster will be used as alternates for the 2012 London Olympics.
The Olympic roster has gone through quite a few chances over the last few weeks. Players like Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard and Chris Bosh have all been forced to miss the Summer Olympics due to injuries.
“We would have already made the decision if it wasn’t for the injuries and the length of the NBA season… We have a pretty good idea of who will be on the team, but the last one or two spots, you’re not sure of, so you want to see the guys physically and talk to them. They’re not trying out. All of them are good enough to be on the team. It’s where are they at right now, and how do they complement the nine or 10 guys that you already pretty much know are already on the team?”
“You could build a case for each of the contenders if you will, depending on what you want… It’s like a menu: Another shooter, it’s Eric Gordon. You want a scoring guard, it’s Harden. You want a defensive specialist, it’s Iguodala. You want another guy with length who can shoot the ball and run the court, it’s Rudy Gay.”
The U.S. Men’s Basketball roster will be announced tonight on NBA TV at 7 p.m. Who do you think should play in the Olympics?