Wednesday , May , 23 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

USA Basketball adds eight players

Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) – USA Basketball added eight players to its
roster on Wednesday in preparation for the FIBA Americas Championship 2007.


USA Basketball adds eight players

Utah’s Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams, New Orleans’ Tyson Chandler, New
Jersey’s Jason Kidd, Memphis’ Mike Miller, Detroit’s Tayshaun Prince, and
soon-to-be NBA players Greg Oden and Kevin Durant join a list of 17 other
players who will vie for a spot on the team that will complete for a bid in
the 2008 Games.

“Greg Oden and Kevin Durant represent the class of this season’s college ranks
and are certainly players we have great interest in, both for the present and
for future USA Basketball teams,” said USA Basketball Men’s Senior Team
Managing Director Jerry Colangelo.

Part of the reason for the additions is because seven players will not be
available to compete because of injuries. Those players are Washington’s
Gilbert Arenas, Atlanta’s Joe Johnson, Sacramento’s Brad Miller, the Lakers’
Lamar Odom, New Orleans’ Chris Paul, Boston’s Paul Pierce and Miami’s Dwyane
Wade.

“One of the reasons for forming and selecting a national team is so you have
flexibility,” said Colangelo. “It takes into account the fact that you may
have injuries, there may be special circumstances where a player can’t
perform, but yet you have other players to pull from.”

Denver’s Carmelo Anthony, Houston’s Shane Battier, Detroit’s Chauncey Billups,
Toronto’s Chris Bosh, San Antonio’s Bruce Bowen, the Clippers’ Elton Brand,
Kobe Bryant of the Lakers, Chicago’s Kirk Hinrich, Orlando’s Dwight Howard,
Cleveland’s LeBron James, Washington’s Antawn Jamison, Phoenix’s Shawn Marion
and Amare Stoudemire, Adam Morrison of the Bobcats, the Bucks’ Michael Redd,
Orlando’s J.J. Redick and Seattle’s Luke Ridnour are the 17 players already on
the roster.

“As I said when we announced the first group of players for the Senior
National Team, we’re not trying to put a collection of all-stars together but
our goal is to put together as good of a basketball team as we possibly can,”
said USA and Duke University head coach Mike Krzyzewski. “With the addition of
these eight players, I believe we have strengthened our program in several
areas, especially leadership, rebounding, defense and shooting.”

The U.S. will train July 20-22 at the Thomas & Mack Center and the final
roster will be announced at the conclusion of training. The final roster will
train August 13-21 in preparation of the tournament, which begins on August
22.