USA Basketball announced the final roster for the 2016 Rio Olympics today. The team is set to seek out a third consecutive Olympic basketball title and features six Olympic/FIBA World Cup gold medalists on the 12 man squad. The team members include two players who played on the 2012 Olympic gold medal team with Carmelo Anthony and Keven Durant, and five who played on a FIBA World Cup gold medal winning team: DeMarcus Cousins (2014), DeMar DeRozan (2014), Kevin Durant (2010), Kyrie Irving (2014) and Klay Thompson (2014).The final composition of the team was approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors and still has to be final approved by the United States Olympic Committee; however, there were no issues to this occurring that have been mentioned to date. For fans who would like to check out the overall schedule of the Rio Olympics in printable format we have that posted here along with specific event schedules for the Rio Games. Enjoy!
Who made the Final Cut for the 2016 USA Olympic Basketball Team?
The players who made the final cut for the 2016 Olympic Basketball Team include: Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder/Texas); Paul George (Indiana Pacers/Fresno State); Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors/Michigan State); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers/Duke); DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers/Texas A&M); Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors/Villanova); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors/Washington State); Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks/Syracuse); Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors/North Carolina); Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls/Marquette); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings/Kentucky); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors/USC)
Notable Facts about Team USA for Rio 2016
With his selection to the 2016 Games, Melo becomes the first Team USA member to pay on four Olympic teams. The average age of the US team will be 26.8 years of age by the end of the Games, and the squad is full of all NBA selections. Nine of the 12 were 2016 NBA All Stars: Anthony, Butler, Cousins, DeRozan, Durant, George, Green, Lowry and Thompson. The team will be coached by Duke head coach, Mike Krzyzewski who has a record of 75-1 while being in charge of the team. Since being in charge, Team USA has won the 2008 and 2012 Olympic gold medals and the 2010 and 2014 FIBA World Cup titles. His assistants for the Olympics will be Syracuse University coach Jim Boeheim, and Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau, and Monty Williams.
How will Team USA get Ready for the Rio Games?
The team is set to train in Las Vegas from July 18-21 and will conclude on July 22nd with a game against Argentina at the T-Mobile Arena. The team will then go on to play two exhibitions against China. The first will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles at 5 p.m. (PDT) on July 24 and the second at 7 p.m. (PDT) on July 26 at Oracle Arena in Oakland. The team will then continue their warm up games in Chicago where on July 29th at 8PM (Central Time), they will take on Venezuela and then Nigeria on August 1st at 7PM (Central Time in Houston at the Toyota Center.