The U.S.A. basketball team released its 12 man roster today for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics:
Guards: Forwards: Centers:
Kyrie Irving Kevin Durant Demarcus Cousins
Klay Thompson Carmelo Anthony Deandre Jordan
Jimmy Butler Paul George
Kyle Lowry Draymond Green
Demar DeRozan Harrison Barnes
The U.S.A. basketball team hopes to get a gold medal in Mike Krzyzewski’s last year coaching for Team U.S.A. basketball. San Antonio Spurs’ head coach Gregg Popovich will be taking over as head coach after this year’s Olympics. N.B.A. stars such as Lebron James, Chris Paul, Kawhi Leonard, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook have decided not to play in the Summer Olympics for Team U.S.A.. Some reasons these athletes did not join Team U.S.A. was the risk of the Zika virus and needed rest during the offseason.
Even though many stars have declined their invitation to Rio, 2014 Basketball World Cup M.V.P. Kyrie Irving has joined the team after a long playoff run with Cleveland and is projected to be the starting point guard for America. Also joining the team is former N.B.A. M.V.P. Kevin Durant who is projected to start at power forward and will be Team U.S.A.’s captain, taking over for absent Lebron James. Paul George comes back on the team after breaking his leg in 2014 while playing for U.S.A. and is projected to be starting at small forward. Laser three-point shooter, Klay Thompson, is projected to start at shooting guard. Lastly, Demarcus Cousins who can play great on both sides of the court is projected to start at center. Although this is not Team U.S.A.’s ideal starting five, America is still heavily favored to win a gold medal in this year’s Olympics.