Team USA is going to be missing a couple of basketball icons when the 2014 World Championships roll around next year.
Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported that LeBron James is officially out of the competition (and may not compete internationally again), and Kobe Bryant, another Team USA mainstay, may not be able to handle the added miles of summertime play.
Dwyane Wade is getting older, Tyson Chandler is breaking down and Dwight Howard isn't allowed to go on field trips without a permission slip. So it's time to re-evaluate things.
Fortunately, there's no lack of talent waiting to step into bigger roles for the world's most exclusive team. In fact, there might actually be too many worthy candidates.
Twenty-eight NBA players convened at Team USA camp in Las Vegas on July 22, and all of them could eventually figure into the equations for the 2014 World Championships or the 2016 Olympics. In addition, a few players with international experience should probably stick around for leadership purposes.
Picking out which American players deserve to be part of the future of Team USA is tough. But with a collection of seasoned vets and rising stars, the potential for international dominance is as strong as ever.