The 2012 USA Men’s Basketball team has seen a few roster changes over the last couple of weeks. As stars like Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, and now Blake Griffin give up their spots on the roster due to injury, USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo has had to make some changes to the roster. The latest: Anthony Davis is now on Team USA.
Davis, who has yet to play a minute of professional basketball, will be filling in for Blake Griffin during the 2012 London Olympics. Davis was the number one pick during the NBA draft this year and gives Team USA another big man to fill the middle.
Colangelo said in a statement:
“We are sorry to have received confirmation of Blake’s injury which has forced his withdrawal from the USA Team for this summer… Blake worked extremely hard in our training camp and certainly would have been a valuable contributor. This is another unfortunate injury, but we have to continue to move on and we’re very fortunate to have Anthony Davis available. Anthony offers our team additional height and length, and this will be an incredible experience for him.”
Griffin, who just signed a huge deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, is “expected to be at full readiness when the Clippers’ training camp opens this fall,” according to a team release.
Davis may not have any professional experience but he’s already getting a taste of the Olympics. According to Bloomberg, the 6-foot-10 forward scored nine points in 10 minutes of action last night during an exhibition game against the Dominican Republic.
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