Team USA's big men have been ravaged by injuries in the build-up to the 2012 Olympics. Chris Bosh, who starred at the 2008 Olympics, is one of the players who has been ruled out, and there's no great like-for-like replacement in the U.S. player pool. At the very least, Mike Krzyzewski is going to add a player with similar athleticism. Blake Griffin is expected to take his spot.
Olympic Team announced Saturday. Blake Griffin expected to take Chris Bosh's spot, sources told CBSSports.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) July 3, 2012
The 2012 Olympic team was expected to be made up of a mix of the 2008 Olympics and 2010 World Championships teams before injuries ruled out a number of players, causing USA Basketball to call younger players into training camp who have played for neither team. Griffin is one of two players who played for neither team in contention for the 2012 Olympics squad, along with James Harden.