Sources: Team USA will have 20 Finalists
When USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo and Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski reveal the roster finalists Monday for the 2012 Olympic team, there will be two more names than originally expected.
One source close to the process told ESPN.com on Sunday that Colangelo — after saying earlier this month that he planned to announce 18 finalists no later than Jan. 18 — has decided to nominate 20 finalists for the ultimate 12-man roster that will compete in London.
ESPN.com reported on Jan. 6 that four players from the 2008 Olympic team had already been ruled out of consideration for 2012 (Chicago’s Carlos Boozer, Detroit’s Tayshaun Prince, Phoenix’s Michael Redd and Dallas’ Jason Kidd) and that Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin was “likely” the only player to be considered who wasn’t part of the 2008 Olympic squad or the 2010 World Championships roster. SheridanHoops.com subsequently reported that Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge will join Griffin on USA Basketball’s list of finalists.