Derrick Rose Among 20 Finalists for 2012 Olympics

Michael Gibbons@DachicagofanCorrespondent IIJanuary 16, 2012

LAS VEGAS - JULY 24:  Derrick Rose #6 and O.J. Mayo #5 of the 2010 USA Basketball Men's National Team talk on the court during a break in the action at a USA Basketball showcase at the Thomas & Mack Center July 24, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Derrick Rose was named one of the 20 candidates to represent Team USA in the 2012 Olympics, which will be held in London this summer.

Rose, who was on the World Championship team in 2010, may have some real competition not only for a roster spot but also for the starting point guard spot.

Several of Rose's teammates from the 2010 team will be back. Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Chauncey Billups, Lamar Odom, Russell Westbrook, Rudy Gay, Eric Gordon, Andre Iguodala and former Bull Tyson Chandler will all be back.

Added to the mix will be several of the 2008 Olympic team that won gold. Those who were welcomed back include LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Kobe Bryant.

Newcomers Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge will join those 18.

Can you imagine the competition among Rose, Williams, Paul and Westbrook for time at point guard?

Rose will also get to see plenty of his teammates as Luol Deng (Great Britain), Omer Asik (Turkey) and Joakim Noah (France) are all expected to represent their own countries as well. All three competed in the European Championships last summer.

Unlike years past, there will be no tryouts for Team USA. The final roster of 12 players and six alternates must be turned in by June 12.

With a possible Game 7 of the NBA finals happening on June 26 and the start of practice for Team USA on July 6, you have to wonder if some players who are title contenders will make the team.

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 26:  Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls drives against LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 26, 2011 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Heat won
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June 12 could possibly be the start of the NBA Finals.

Would the big three of Miami commit to playing if they make the finals? The same could go for Thunder teammates Durant and Westbrook.

Will Dwight Howard and Deron Williams risk playing since they will be free agents soon?

Rose, the reigning MVP, is probably a lock for the team as long as he is healthy.

While the Bulls would never say it, I am sure they would prefer Rose to take the summer off after a hopefully very long playoff run. He has already missed two games this season with a toe injury and it probably won't fully heal until he is able to rest.

Rose is currently averaging just less than 21 points and just fewer than nine assists per game, which is better than Williams, Paul and Westbrook.

With the addition of Rose and Durant, there is a chance that this team might be even better than the team that won gold in 2008.

Some of the players who were not chosen to return were Danny Granger, Stephen Curry, Michael Redd, Amar'e Stoudemire and current Bull Carlos Boozer. Jason Kidd was the only other member not selected to return, but that is because he retired from international competition.

The Olympic games in London start on July 27 and go through August 12. 


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