Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 4/19/12
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The Olympic ranks are getting thin. And USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo hasn't ruled out restocking them. With the Orlando Magic announcing Thursday night that center Dwight Howard will undergo back surgery, four players now look to have been scratched from the list of 20 finalists for the London Games. Others out are injured Chauncey Billups and LaMarcus Aldridge and Lamar Odom, who has been eliminated from consideration after being made inactive the rest of the season by Dallas. "We've talked about injuries," Colangelo said in a phone interview. "Obviously, if our ranks are really thinned we wouldn't rule out adding some additional people. But it's too early to say that we will do that." Colangelo said he wants to learn more about Howard's situation. Regardless, the topic of possibly adding additional Olympic finalists will come up May 1 when he meets with the Team USA coaching staff in Las Vegas. "That's only a week and a half away, and we'll address that," Colangelo said. If Howard, Aldridge and Odom are taken off the list, Team USA suddenly is thin in the post. The only other big men on the list are Tyson Chandler, Chris Bosh, Kevin Love and Blake Griffin. Without referring to any specific position, Colangelo said USA Basketball would "address it" if it's felt the team is too short at a spot. While Lakers center Andrew Bynum could be a possible candidate to be added, Colangelo wouldn't confirm any names. "If there is a candidate out there, we'll have private discussions," Colangelo said about the possibility of adding someone. Colangelo said 20 finalists were named in January in the anticipation that things happen during an NBA season. "We're going to continue to take inventory as to where things stand," Colangelo said. In addition to Chandler, Love, Bosh and Griffin, the other Olympic finalists are Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, Eric Gordon, Andre Iguodala, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams. Chris Tomasson can be reached at christomasson@hotmail.com or on Twitter@christomasson
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