Originally posted on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 5/3/12

With Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard out of the mix for the 2012 Olympics thanks to injuries, Team USA has moved to replace them. The US men’s basketball team announced it has added University of Kentucky forward Anthony Davis and Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Hardin to its 20-man roster of finalists for the Olympic team.

Howard recently underwent back surgery and will be out for the rest of the season, while Rose tore the ACL in his left knee last week and will soon have surgery. Both men were expected to make Team USA’s final 12-man roster, which will be announced on June 18.

From the original group of 20 announced earlier in the year, Rose and Howard aren’t the only stars set to miss out on the summer games. Los Angeles Clippers guard Chauncey Billups and Portland Trailblazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge have both also been ruled out for the summer. Meanwhile, Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum will also take the summer off.

The addition of Harden and Davis bring the roster’s total number of players up to 18.

Harden has had a breakout year for the Thunder and is the leading candidate to take home the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award. The third-year vet is averaging career-highs in points (16.8), rebounds (4.1) and assists (3.7). His field goal (49.1 percent) and three-point (39 percent) percentages are also career bests.

Davis led the Wildcats to an NCAA championship in April and is widely expected to be the top pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. He’s a long-shot to actually make the roster but with a great camp his defensive prowess might be enough to earn him a spot.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Mitchell Trubisky getting first-team reps, will get time with starters Sunday

Protest movement a polarizing problem for NFL

LeBron James spotted playing pickup game at UCLA

Klay Thompson not worried about money breaking up Warriors

Michael Vick lofts praise Patrick Mahomes' way

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Young Bulls players 'can’t stand' Dwyane Wade

MLB contenders in the best shape for a World Series run

Dolphins unlikely to overcome Tannehill’s injury to compete in AFC East

Report: Kyrie Irving told Cavs he wouldn’t report to training camp

Rob Gronkowski has given up alcohol with new diet

Report: Browns looking to trade Osweiler, Colts potential destination

The 'Please just make it to the regular season' quiz

Coming through in the clutch takes on new meaning for Derek Jeter in Miami

The 'When the Doctor took the Big Apple by storm' quiz

BIG3 Referee Hotline: Calls routed from 1-900-MIX-A-LOT

The Indians are on a mission to make you pay attention whether you want to or not

15 college football coaches who are on the hot seat

Getaway Day: The playing field is leveling off as the wild-card chase takes shape

The 'Anquan Boldin calls it a career' quiz

Sports & Politics Intersect: Echoes of Charlottesville ripple across the sports world

BIG3 Playoff Preview: Can anyone stop Trilogy?

Why the SEC is not the best football conference anymore

Box Score 8/18: Reds and Cubs claw through a 23-run game

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

The 'Please just make it to the regular season' quiz

Coming through in the clutch takes on new meaning for Derek Jeter in Miami

BIG3 Referee Hotline: Calls routed from 1-900-MIX-A-LOT

The 'When the Doctor took the Big Apple by storm' quiz

The Indians are on a mission to make you pay attention whether you want to or not

The 'Anquan Boldin calls it a career' quiz

Getaway Day: The playing field is leveling off as the wild-card chase takes shape

Sports & Politics Intersect: Echoes of Charlottesville ripple across the sports world

BIG3 Playoff Preview: Can anyone stop Trilogy?

The 'Bye bye to the Beast Incarnate?' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker