Alright folks, after some of the star players removed their names from the roster, here is the current list competing under Coach K.
PG: Derrick Rose – Steph Curry – Kyrie Irving – Damian Lilliard
SG: James Harden – DeMar DeRozen – Klay Thompson
SF: Rudy Gay – Gordon Hayward – Kyle Korver – Chandler Parsons
Bigs: Anthony Davis – Kenneth Faried – Andre Drummond – DeMarcus Cousins – Mason Plumlee
The team was faced with the challenge of replacing Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, David Lee, and Paul George. Coach K also had to trim the roster down, so they chose to move on from John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Paul Millsap.
Early word was that the staff liked what Mason Plumlee brought to the table, over the likes of DeMarcus Cousins who said he would be crushed if he was let go. Something that Wall can relate to, since he feels overlooked again. This team will go as the dynamic backcourt takes them, headlined by Rose and Harden. The man that would complete a big three so-to-speak, would be Davis. He’s a two-way player and his skill set translate smoothly to international competition. Obviously the point guard position runs deep. You should expect some of the guards sliding over to the wing and seeing small lineups with some of the small forwards playing at the 4 spot with only one big in the game. Not only does it cater to the strengths of this year’s roster, it’s the way of international play that the team adjusted to in 2010 to win it all.
Derrick Rose has returned as the star of the show. He, along with Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, get to work on some things as both are part of Team USA. After winning the gold in 2010, Rose responded with an MVP season where he dropped 25 points, 7.7 assists, and 4 rebounds per game.
As covered by NBA TV, I noticed that Pelicans coach Monty Williams working on ball-handling with his player, Anthony Davis.
Some of the other stars, such as LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, the others that removed themselves, and more, are all eligible for the 2016 Olympics.
On Monday August 18, Team USA will visit the West Point Academy for an open practice from 2-4pm (EST) on ESPN2
West Point is a familiar place for coach Mike Krzyzewski, who was once a cadet.
I’m always thrilled to return to West Point and visit with the current group of cadets. Military training and sports both offer tremendous lessons and skills to carry with you the rest of your life. This is an excellent opportunity for these men and women to learn from one another in a personal setting.
On Wednesday August 20 and Friday August 22, they will play a couple of exhibition games at MSG in the Big Apple. The first is against the Dominican Republic, followed by a matchup against Puerto Rico. Then they head to Spain to practice on August 24th and 25th, facing Slovenia on the 26th in exhibition action. The 2014 World Cup runs from August 30 to September 14. Team USA is in Group C with the Dominican Republic, Finland, New Zealand, Turkey and Ukraine.