(LAS VEGAS) — The Men’s 2012 USA basketball team is set. Now they’ll be trying to bring home back-to-back gold medals in the Olympics.
The team did lose Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Dwight Howard, but gained Western Conference champion guards James Harden, Russell Westbrook and forward Kevin Durant from the Thunder. The team will also have New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler to make up for the loss of Howard. With the entire roster set, Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski has faith that this team will also be able to bring gold back.
“I think it has the potential to be that if we learn to use our versatility. It’s a more versatile team than 2008. Now does that translate into being better?” Krzyzewski said Sunday. “Although we don’t have the center, that team didn’t have Durant or Westbrook. So it’s a different team, and we’ll see if it becomes better, but it can be. It could be.”
This time around will be even sweeter for Heat forward LeBron James who captured his first NBA championship in June and he like Krzyzewski believes in this team.
“If you match us up, we have so many great pieces that guys can just play to their strengths, and I think we can be better,” James said.
New faces to the roster also include 76er’s forward Andre Iguodala and Clippers forward Blake Griffin. Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Deron Williams will be part of the crew returning for another gold title from the 2008 team.
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