20 Team USA 2012 finalists announced, Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony included

By on Jan 17, 2012 in Basketball, Sports, United States Comments

The names of the 20 Team USA 2012 finalists were revealed on Monday, January 16, 2012, in which Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, LeBron James, and Carmelo Anthony are included in the list.

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As noted by USA Basketball on their official website, USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo released the names of the 20 NBA players as finalists that could possibly join the Team USA 2012.

According to the report, the list include 8 members of the 2008 Olympic gold medalists, 10 members of the 2010 USA World Championship gold medal winning team, one national team player, and one newcomer to the USA Basketball National Team.

“The USA Basketball Men’s National Team program has come a long way as the elite list of players who are now part of our program shows. The selected finalists are a very, very talented group; the depth of the talent is extraordinary.” Colangelo was quoted at USABasketball.com.

“Reducing to the official roster limit of 12 players will be an even tougher decision, but we’ll evaluate how guys play during the 2011-12 NBA season and as we’ve done with our teams in the past, we’ll attempt to select the very best team we can.” Colangelo added, with the names of the final 12 to be announced later this year.

The Team USA 2012 coaching staff will be led by Duke University coach Mike Krzyzewski, who has a record of 48-1 since he took over in 2006; while Syracuse University coach Jim Boeheim, New York Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni, and Portland Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan will serve as assistant coaches.

Below is the list of the 20 finalists for the Team USA 2012, in which 12 of them will be competing with 11 other teams at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, to be held in London, England from July 27 to August 12, 2012.

1. LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers)

2. Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks)

3. Chauncey Billups (Los Angeles Clippers)

4. Chris Bosh (Miami Heat)

5. Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers)

6. Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks)

7. Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder)

8. Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies)

9. Eric Gordon (New Orleans Hornets)

10. Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers)

11. Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic)

12. Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers)

13. LeBron James (Miami Heat)

14. Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves)

15. Lamar Odom (Dallas Mavericks)

16. Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers)

17. Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls)

18. Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat)

19. Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)

20. Deron Williams (New Jersey Nets)

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