Team USA Names Full Olympic Roster For Rio 2016
Bust out your red, white and blue. It's Olympics time. The water is contaminated, the city and political landscape are on edge, but the Americans are on their way to Rio 2016.
Team USA's basketball stars are making the trip to Brazil, despite all the issues, to represent their country and assert their dominance over the rest of the world.
Ever since the stars got back into the international game, USA Men's Basketball is playing like the Dream Team again. This year's squad might not have LeBron James (recovering from NBA Finals), Steph Curry (recovering), Kobe Bryant (retirement) or a couple other big names like Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook, but the full roster is still impressive.
Team USA Rio 2016 Olympic Roster
SF Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks/Syracuse)
SF Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors/North Carolina)
SF Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls/Marquette)
C/PF DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings/Kentucky)
SG DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors/USC)
SF/PF Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder/Texas)
SG/SF Paul George (Indiana Pacers/Fresno State)
C/F Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors/Michigan State)
PG Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers/Duke)
C DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers/Texas A&M)
PG Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors/Villanova)
SG Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors/Washington State)
Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski said he was anxious to get back out on the court, and can you blame him? Coach K gets to handle the best talent in the game, and he's done a fantastic job of getting them to check all their egos at the door.
Have fun guarding this team, and with guys like Butler, George, Draymond and Klay, their defense is going to be ferocious too.
"Looking at this team, our overall balance is what strikes me," Coach K said. "We have lightning-quick guards who can score as well as distribute the basketball. We have great shooters and explosive scorers, we're big and athletic, and I think we'll really be able to defend."
Can you imagine how fun it is to coach this much talent? Once you get them to play for the three letters on the front of the jersey, the players do the rest.
Say it with me, "USA...USA...USA!!!" Practice makes perfect, so make sure to yell it loud and proud.