Team USA reveals initial roster
Colorado Springs, CO (Sports Network) – USA basketball announced the 23
players that will compete for a spot on the national team on Sunday, including
the two players vying for college basketball’s biggest individual prize.
Duke’s J.J. Redick and Gonzaga’s Adam Morrison were among the list of players
that USA basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski can pick from for August’s FIBA
World Championships in Japan. Redick and Morrison are battling for the NCAA
scoring title and Player of the Year honors.
“The first major competition we are selecting a team for is the 2006 FIBA
World Championship. This is an important competition and we are taking this as
seriously as we take the Olympics,” said USA basketball men’s senior national
team program managing director Jerry Colangelo.
Krzyzewski will have plenty of big names in camp, including Denver Nuggets
forward Carmelo Anthony, Cleveland Cavaliers guard LeBron James, Miami Heat
guard Dwyane Wade and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.
“This is the first standing USA Men’s Senior National Team and the 23 players
selected will give us everything we need to form a great USA team,” said
Colangelo. “We feel we have versatility, shooters, size, quickness, role
players and defensive stoppers. In making the player selections we took into
consideration the style of play anticipated to be used by the coaching staff.”
Members of the national team will also include: Washington Wizards guard
Gilbert Arenas and forward Antawn Jamison, Memphis Grizzlies forward Shane
Battier, Detroit Pistons guard Chauncey Billups, Toronto Raptors forward Chris
Bosh, San Antonio Spurs guard Bruce Bowen, Los Angeles Clippers forward Elton
Brand, Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom, Orlando Magic forward Dwight
Howard, Atlanta Hawks guard/forward Joe Johnson, Phoenix Suns forwards Shawn
Marion and Amare Stoudemire, Sacramento Kings forward Brad Miller, New
Orleans/Oklahoma City guard Chris Paul, Boston Celtics guard Paul Pierce,
Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Redd and Seattle SuperSonics guard Luke Ridnour.
USA Basketball will have plenty of experience, as 18 of the 23 players have
suited up for the red, white and blue previously. Anthony, James, Marion,
Odom, Stoudemire and Wade were members of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team that
captured a bronze medal in Athens, Greece.