Durant, Anthony lead US Olympic basketball team

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Fresh off a record-setting season with the Golden State Warriors that ended with a Game 7 defeat in the NBA Finals, former Washington State guard Klay Thompson has accepted a bid to play for the United States on the 12-man team that will represent Team USA at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this August. "They want to play".

The 2016 USA Olympic Basketball team has been announced. "I love our depth... we've got a great mix of talent, scorers, past gold medal winners and outstanding youth".

Coach Mike Krzyzewski will be at the helm in his third and final Olympic games before Gregg Popovich assumes control of the squad. "It's just not us going over there; there's a wide range of people that are going over there, and I looked at it like if it was that big a concern, things would've been cancelled or moved around", said DeRozan, who enters free agency this Friday.

As for his National Basketball Association future, Durant has meetings scheduled with at least six teams, ESPN reported. "We have lightning-quick guards who can score and distribute the basketball". "We don't have as numerous big-name guys that we've had before, but I think so far this is a great group of guys and they're hungry".

While names like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Anthony Davis, Steph Curry and Dwyane Wade are missing from the roster, the team still boasts all-NBA stars including Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant. He was named the MVP of the 2014 FIBA World Cup as Team USA went 9-0 record to win the gold medal.

The average age of the 12 US players will be 26.8 years at the conclusion of the Olympics (Aug. 21, 2016).

Other members of the team include Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan from Toronto, Kyrie Irving from Cleveland, Paul George from Indiana, Jimmy Butler from Chicago, DeMarcus Cousins from Sacramento and DeAndre Jordan from the Los Angeles Clippers. Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau and Monty Williams are the assistant coaches. It's the first time two Raptors have appeared on the same U.S. Olympic team. Rather than having to wait until late October to see competitive basketball, we will be able to see some of the best players in the world play their hearts out for their country.

Team USA has won 63 consecutive global games, including 17 consecutive Olympic games.

Durant becomes the fourth Longhorn to ever make the national squad and the second to make back-to-back appearances. Irving averaged 25.2 points and 4.7 assists in the playoffs and sank the go-ahead 3-pointer to give Cleveland a 92-89 lead with less than a minute remaining in the Game 7 win over Golden State.

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