The dramatic changes to the roster selection process for Team USA took another turn on Thursday night, as Anthony Davis and James Harden were added to the pool of players vying for spots on the club's 2012 Olympics roster. Marc Spears reported that the Thunder wing and Kentucky forward were now in the running to join the team in London. Via @SpearsNBAYahoo:
Yahoo! Sports has received confirmation that USA Basketball will add Thunder F James Harden & Kentucky F-C Anthony Davis, a source said.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) May 3, 2012
Harden had a breakout 2012 season coming off the bench for the Thunder, while Davis is the consensus No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 Draft. The program announced it would likely change course this week and potentially add more players to the pool, citing injuries which have removed Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard from consideration. In a release to the media, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo praised both Harden and Davis. Via Sam Amick:
"After a lot of deliberations, after reviewing our roster, we think these two additions strengthen our National Team program immeasurably. James Harden probably is the sixth man of the year in the NBA, and Anthony Davis brings a dimension to our pool we don't have. He's young, but it's exciting to think about the possibilities."
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