Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook among finalists for U.S. Olympic basketball team

OLYMPICS — Thunder forward Kevin Durant and guard Russell Westbrook were among the 20 finalists named Monday for the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team. The 12-man roster will be announced later this year.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: January 16, 2012
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Thunder All-Stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were among the 20 finalists named Monday for the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team. The 12-man roster will be announced later this year.

Durant was most valuable player at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey for a Team USA squad that went 9-0 and won the gold medal. He began playing on USA Basketball teams at the junior level in 2006 and was a team member at the Nike Hoop Summit.

Westbrook also was a top reserve on the 2010 World Championship squad and also participated in the 2009 USA Men's National team mini-camp after being named to the USA Basketball Select team in 2008.

Other finalists for the Olympic team: LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers); Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks); Chauncey Billups (Los Angeles Clippers); Chris Bosh (Miami Heat); Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers); Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks); Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies); Eric Gordon (New Orleans Hornets); Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers); Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic); Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers); LeBron James (Miami Heat); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Lamar Odom (Dallas Mavericks); Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat); and Deron Williams (New Jersey Nets).

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games will be held July 27-Aug. 12 in London. Twelve teams will compete in the 2012 Olympic men's basketball competition.



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