After a lot of speculation and tons of predictions, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo came out on Saturday and announced the 12-man final roster that will be representing America in the Olympics this year.
Heading into this weekend, nine spots were locked up and three were up for grabs. The battle for those final three spots ultimately came down to these six players: Eric Gordon, Anthony Davis, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Andre Iguodala and Rudy Gay.
Who made the cut?
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Harden, Griffin and Iguodala.
"We projected we would have difficulty getting down to a roster of 12, regardless of the number of injuries that have taken place, because they are such an outstanding group of people and athletes," Colangelo said. "The final selections keep us in concert with our game plan to have athleticism, versatility and strong depth on our roster. I think our final roster epitomizes all of that."
Here is the complete roster (via NBA.com):
Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks); Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers); Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers); Harden (Oklahoma City Thunder); Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers); LeBron James (Miami Heat); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers); Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder); and Deron Williams (Brooklyn Nets).
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Two interesting semi-related things of note from this weekend:
1.) Now that Griffin is on the team, expect to see more of this (via CBS Sports):
2. Everyone hates Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (who expressed his desire to be a part of this team a few months ago):
"He needs to mature as a person (and) as a player if he’s going to have an outstanding NBA career," Colangelo said. "Before there’s discussion about him being part of our program, he has a lot of building to do. … He has a lot of growing up to do."