July 6, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski during practice at the UNLV Mendenhall Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
There are five players waiting to hear if they have been named to one of the final two spots on USA Basketball's Olympic team.
The 12-man roster for USA Basketball at the 2012 London Olympics will be announced Saturday. But most of the roster is already known, with only two of the 12 spots apparently still undecided.
Locks to make the team include LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Deron Williams, all of whom won gold in Beijing in 2008. Also assured spots are 2010 FIBA World Championship stars Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love. Tyson Chandler has also been named to the team. Reports on Friday added Blake Griffin to the list of locks.
That leaves two spots for 2010 FIBA players Andre Iguodala, Eric Gordon and Rudy Gay, as well as James Harden and newly drafted Anthony Davis. Given the depth of Team USA's scoring talent, Iguodala (a stud defender) would seem to be a favorite to claim a spot. Davis is dealing with an ankle injury that may keep him off of the team.
USA Basketball boss Jerry Colangelo has said the other three players not chosen will be alternates. The team can replace a player with an alternate up to July 27. Team USA tips off group play against fellow medal favorite France July 29.
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