2012 USA Men's Basketball Dream Team:
Nine of the places have already been assigned to the following NBA stars: Center: Tyson Chandler. Forwards: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love. Guards: Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Russell Westbrook. The remaining candidates for the last three spots are: • F Blake Griffin (6-10) • F Anthony Davis (6-10) • F Rudy G ay (6-8) • G/F Andre Iguodala (6-6) • G/F James Harden (6-5) • G Eric Gordon (6-3)
The London games begin July 29. Here is the 12-team field… Field for 2012 Olympics
Team CountryHow they qualify
United States2010 World Champion
TunisiaFIBA Africa Champion
AustraliaFIBA Oceania Champion
Argentina FIBA Americas Champion
Brazil FIBA Americas 2nd place
France Eurobasket 2nd place
China 2011 FIBA Asia Champion
Lithuania 2012 Qualifier
Nigeria 2012 Qualifier
The U.S. is in Group A with Argentina, France, Lithuania, Russia and Tunisia. They’ll play their first exhibition game against the Dominican Republic on Thursday in Las Vegas. You can watch that one (taped) at 12 a.m. ET on
2012 Team USA Exhibition Game Schedule
The 2012 Team USA schedule of exhibition games has been released, giving the team a real chance to showcase its talents before the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The final roster slots on the team were just revealed and now the players have a few weeks to get ready before heading to London at the end of July.
Several of the opponents are simply taking part in tune-up games, but the game on July 24 is certainly an interesting one. In that game, Team USA will travel to Spain to take on the team which has the best chance at pulling an upset in the Olympics. Spain has players like Pau Gasol, Ricky Rubio and Serge Ibaka ready to go, all with the intent of knocking off the United States.
Led by James, Bryant and Jason Kidd, Team USA took the gold medal in China back in 2012 and would love to come home with the gold again this year.
Team USA National Roster:
Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
Tyson Chandler, New York Knicks
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
James Harden, Oklahoma City Thunder
Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 76ers
LeBron James, Miami Heat
Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves
Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets
2012 Team USA Exhibition Schedule
Thursday, July 12 - USA vs. Dominican Republic, 6 p.m. (Las Vegas)
Monday, July 16 - USA vs. Brazil, 8 p.m. (Washington, D.C.)
Thursday, July 19 - USA vs. Great Britain, 7:10 p.m. (Manchester, England)
Sunday, July 22 - USA vs. Argentina, 9:30 p.m. (Barcelona, Spain)
Tuesday, July 24 - USA vs. Spain, 10:30 p.m. (Barcelona, Spain)
*All times are local for the stop on this exhibition tour.
Team USA Basketball Hub
Sources say that this is perhaps the best 'Dream Team' ever assembled for a USA team despite Magic, Bird, and Jordan.
David Stern, NBA, wants the under age 23 players perhaps after the London Olympics.