Durant, Rose and Davis amongst those selected moving forward…
USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo has announced the 16 players that have been selected as finalists for Team USA Men’s World Cup Team roster.
Colangelo revealed the list at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, with the roster consisting of three Olympic gold medallists from 2012 and three 2010 World Championship gold medallists with Team USA considered the strong favourites in Spain later this month.
Amongst those that didn’t make the cut were Washington Wizards pair John Wall and Bradley Beal, while Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks was also overlooked for the tournament.
Meanwhile, Colangelo also addressed the situation surrounding Paul George’s injury, with the Indiana Pacers star set for a season on the sidelines after sustaining a compound leg fracture following an unfortunate collision with the basket stanchion in an exhibition game last Friday.
“The ending to our Las Vegas training camp with the injury to Paul George was very emotional for everyone involved in USA Basketball. I very much appreciate the outpouring of support Paul and USA Basketball has received the past couple of days from the basketball world,” Colangelo said, USAB.com reports.
“Paul’s injury was an extremely unfortunate occurrence; it was truly a freak accident. We’re all very pleased that his recovery is going well.”
The 16 remaining stars will continue the training programme in Chicago this week, while they are also scheduled to play an exhibition game against Brazil at the United Center on August 16.
Here is the full list of the 16-man roster that will move forward as part of Team USA’s training schedule, with the final 12-man roster expected to be announced later this month.
Team USA: Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Stephen Curry, Derrick Rose, Mason Plumlee, DeMarcus Cousins, DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond, Kenneth Faried, Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving, Kyle Korver, Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons and Klay Thompson.