Just like in any sport, you return your starters who’ve had previous success when you’re going to a force to be reckoned with.
There is no difference in USA Basketball. The USA Basketball team is set to kick off again this summer for the FIBA World Championship. Coach Mike Krzyzewski returned nine players from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Gold Medal team:
F – Carmelo Anthony
F – Carlos Boozer
F – Chris Bosh
F – LeBron James
C – Dwight Howard
G – Kobe Bryant
G – Chris Paul
G – Dwyane Wade
G – Deron Williams
Not every player who earned gold at Beijing got the chance to make the current USA Basketball team. Jason Kidd, Michael Redd, and Tayshaun Prince all missed out this year. Jason Kidd recently announced that he is retiring from international ball; Michael Redd is fighting through an ACL tear, while Tayshaun Prince has injury problems of his own.
Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant are both also fighting the injury bug. Kobe Bryant is battling various injuries at the time, but in the past he has shown his toughness by playing through the pain. Chris Paul on the other hand has been knocked out of basketball due to a knee injury but Melo doesn’t seem too worried about the situation. "I really think it's kind of early, but I think guys still want to play," Anthony said.
USA Basketball announced a 27-man roster of individuals trying out for the 2011 FIBA championships. Along with the returnees, many of the NBA's elite will be vying for the right to take on the world this summer.
F – Kevin Durant
C – Amar’e Stoudemire
G – Chauncey Billups
G – Derrick Rose
The rest of the roster includes: Lamarcus Aldridge, Rudy Gay, Eric Gordon, Danny Granger, Andre Iguodala, Al Jefferson, David Lee, Brook Lopez, Kevin Love, O.J. Mayo, Kendrick Perkins, Gerald Wallace, and Russell Westbrook.
Both Rajon Rondo and Andrew Bynum declined offers to try out for the team.
A group will be put together for the mini-camp in July. Thereafter, they’re set to play an exhibition game in New York before heading to their summer World Championships in Turkey.
The USA Basketball team hasn’t fared well in the tournament; their last championship was in 1944.