It seems like USA Basketball is getting better and better ever since its third place finish in the 2004 Olympics in Greece in which Allen Iverson and 19-year-old LeBron James led the way. Yes, that team was a sorry excuse for a USA Basketball squad — one of the most disappointing ever. However, Mike Krzyzewski and Jerry Colangelo will have a tough time picking the squad for the World Cup in August and Brazil Olympics in 2016.
Why will it be so tough? How about adding 14 new faces to the mix of those competing for a roster spot. Yes, 14 new guys — all with enough talent to make the squad. They have a lot to prove, however, as USA Basketball is one of the most successful and dominant units in Olympic history
In 14 of 18 Olympics, including the USA boycott in 1980, dating back to 1936. Yes, this team is one of the most dominant of all time and there are some extremely high standards regarding the team in the Olympics. In fact, since 2006, USA Basketball is 25-0 between the World Cup and Olympics — including three championships between the two.
So who are these 14 fresh faces that will be in the mix come tryout time?
Forward/Center: LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMarcus Cousins, Andre Drummond, Kenneth Faried, Paul George, Blake Griffin, Gordon Hayward, David Lee, Kawhi Leonard
Guard: Bradley Beal, Kyrie Irving, Kyle Korver, Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson
One of those guards is not like the rest, can you guess who that is?
Back to the story at hand, the USA Basketball team is in good hands with a great head coach and an incredible cast of characters in position to give the veterans a run for their money.
Looks like USA Basketball will bring home another gold in 2016.
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