HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – In a definite sign of the times, USA Basketball released the 20 names of the 20 finalists for the 2012 Olympic team that will compete in London this summer via Facebook and Twitter this morning.
That’s right, welcome to the new world folks.
Surely, you could have guessed half of these names based on what’s transpired with the player pool the past two years. Either way, we’ve got the entire list for you right here:
Guards – Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Chauncey Billups, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, Eric Gordon and Dwyane Wade.
Forwards – Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Andre Iguodala, Carmelo Anthony, Rudy Gay, LaMarcus Aldridge, Lamar Odom, Blake Griffin, Chris Bosh and Kevin Love.
Centers – Dwight Howard and Tyson Chandler.
No surprises there, with Griffin and Aldridge joining the party and Steph Curry and Danny Granger departing the premises. That’s a group that includes eight gold medalists from the 2008 Olympics and 10 members of the 2010 gold medal-winning team at World Championships.
Obviously, this list will have to be trimmed to an active roster of 12 for the competition this summer.
Your thoughts on this 20-man group?