Monday, January 16, 2012
D-Will among finalists for Team USA
By Christopher Hunt
Nets point guard Deron Williams will among the returnees who will be considered to represent the United States in the 2012 Olympics, USA Basketball announced Monday.
Williams is among five points guards in the U.S. team's 20-player pool, which includes Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Chauncey Billups and last year’s league MVP, Derrick Rose.
The list also includes Dwyane Wade, who can play point guard. Billups is currently playing shooting guard alongside Paul with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Williams averaged 8.0 points and 2.8 assists while helping the USA Basketball win gold at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. If not for Brook Lopez fracturing his foot before start of the season, the Nets' center would have been considered as well.
"To say that it's difficult to come up with a list, whatever the list might be, 15, 20 or 40 players are left off that one might say should have been considered. Trust me, they have all been considered," USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said during Monday's media teleconference.
Here's the 2012 U.S. Olympic finalists roster coached by Duke's Mike Krzyzewski:
• LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers) • Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) • Chauncey Billups (Los Angeles Clippers) • Chris Bosh (Miami Heat) • Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) • Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks) • Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) • Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzles) • Eric Gordon (New Orleans Hornets) • Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) • Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) • Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers) • LeBron James (Miami Heat) • Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves) • Lamar Odom (Dallas Mavericks) • Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) • Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) • Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) • Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) • Deron Wiliams (New Jersey Nets)