Tuesday , Jul , 25 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

USA hoops names 15 finalists for World Championship team

Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) – The United States men’s basketball World
Championship team named 15 players that were selected as finalists, USA
basketball senior national team managing director Jerry Colangelo and USA head
coach Mike Krzyzewski announced on Tuesday.

Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets; Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison of
the Washington Wizards; the Houston Rockets’ Shane Battier; Chris Bosh of the
Toronto Raptors; Bruce Bowen of the San Antonio Spurs; the Clippers’ Elton
Brand; Kirk Hinrich of the Chicago Bulls; Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic;
the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James; Joe Johnson of the Atlanta Hawks; Brad
Miller of the Sacramento Kings; Chris Paul of the New Orleans/Oklahoma City
Hornets; the Phoenix Suns’ Amare Stoudemire and Dwyane Wade of the world
champion Miami Heat were each named as finalists to make the team.

The official 12-man roster that will compete in the FIBA World Championship
must be submitted to FIBA at the technical meeting that normally is held the
day prior to the start of the competition.

“To get through this phase how we got through it, with no major injuries, with
the amount of work that was accomplished, to establish a team unity, we’re off
to a great start,” Colangelo said. “I think from me on down we’re very pleased
with what has transpired in our first session of camp and we’re excited about
going forward to phase number two which begins July 31.”

The USA finalists will take a five-day break and will reconvene in Las Vegas
on July 31 for the start of the second phase of the team’s training.

“I think everything in our first phase of training was set up well and what we
wanted to do in this phase was to pick 15, 16 or even 14 players to go forward
with,” Krzyzewski said. “We wanted to start developing a team, not only X’s
and O’s, but where we know each other, where we have confidence in one
another, where we like each other and I think that was accomplished.”