USA Announce 2016 Olympic Basketball Squad – The United States of America have announced their basketball team for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
2016 NBA Finals MVP LeBron James and 2016 NBA regular season MVP Steph Curry both withdrew from participating in the tournament, citing fatigue.
The team will not be lacking firepower however, with Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant and Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving named in the squad.
“I think I can speak for the entire coaching staff and say we’re extremely excited about the team we will field for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro,” team managing director Jerry Colangelo said. “I love our depth, which is another indication of the depth of talent our national team program is blessed with. We’ve got a great mix of talent, scorers, past gold medal winners and outstanding youth.”
“I’m anxious to get on the court, and along with my great coaching staff, get to work,” said USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
“Since 2006 and including the last two Olympics, our players have represented themselves, the game and our country in an exemplary manner. I know this team will continue that standard.
“Looking at this team, our overall balance is what strikes me. We have lightning-quick guards who can score as well as distribute the basketball. We have great shooters and explosive scorers, we’re big and athletic, and I think we’ll really be able to defend.”
See the full team roster below: : Carmelo Anthony, Harrison Barnes, Jimmy Butler, DeMarcus Cousins, DeMar DeRozan, Kevin Durant, Paul George, Draymond Green, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Kyle Lowry, and Klay Thompson.