Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves learned on Saturday that he'll be joining the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team, and he's excited for the opportunity. He's going to be paired with guys like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Tyson Chandler and Deron Williams. There's other players, too, but the other spots are not official after injuries took out at least four players who would have been on the team.
According to the Associated Press, three more players have been added to the roster in Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers, Andre Igoudala of the Philadelphia 76ers, and James Harden of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala and James Harden have been chosen for the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team, a person with knowledge of the decisions told The Associated Press on Saturday.
They earned the final three spots that opened after a rash of injuries knocked out at least four players who would have been on the team. They beat out Eric Gordon, Rudy Gay and No. 1 draft pick Anthony Davis of New Orleans, who couldn't scrimmage this week because of a sprained ankle.
Those are certainly some strong names. Griffin was injured near the end of the season, but after an impressive performance in practice, was named ot the team. Harden should provide plenty of scoring power while Iguodala is great on defense. That being said, they're replacing some very big names.
Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade all had to be taken off of the roster due to injuries over the last few months. Davis was also an intriguing possibility, as one of the biggest consensus No. 1 draft picks in NBA history, but the ankle injury kept him out of practice and so he wasn't able to show his stuff.