The plan was to have the 12-man roster set before practice began on the campus of UNLV, with complete focus on the road to London. However, for Team USA the plan was destroyed by injuries.
Overall it hasn’t been all bad for the U.S. men’s basketball players as LeBron James won a championship, Deron Willimas agreed to a $100 million contract and Kobe Bryant now has Steve Nash in Los Angeles.
The Americans will select their team Saturday night during an NBA TV special.
U.S. coach Mike Kryzewski told NBC Sports: “We have a pretty good idea of who will be on the team, but the last one or two spots, you’re not sure of, so you want to see the guys physically and talk to them.”
“They’re not trying out; all of them are good enough to be on the team. It’s where are they at right now, and how do they complement the nine or 10 guys that you already pretty much know are already on the team?”
Five American players are left from Beijing: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams.
Four Americans from the squad that won gold in Istanbul: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Tyson Chandler and Kevin Love.
The remaining players are, Blake Griffin, Anthony Davis, Andre Iguodala, Eric Gordon, James Harden and Rudy Gay.
Managing Director: Jerry Colangelo
Head Coach: Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University
Assistant Coach: Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University
Assistant Coach: Mike D’Antoni
Assistant Coach: Nate McMillan
Team Physician: Don Roberts, Portland Trail Blazers
Team Physician: Paul Saenz, San Antonio Spurs
Athletic Trainer: Joseph Sharpe, Oklahoma City Thunder
Athletic Trainer: Casey Smith, Dallas Mavericks
2012 Men’s Olympic Basketball Schedule