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Team USA announce 28-player pool - Rio gold the aim

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USA basketball today revealed the 28 man pool of players that will be used for the next three summers, running to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Stalwarts such as LeBron James, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony are included alongside the mercurial  DeMarcus Cousins, and Team USA newcomers like Kyle Korver of the Atlanta Hawks.

The 28 players were chosen by USAB chairman Jerry Colangelo, and Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski.

And the pair have sought to attain a blend of Team USA vets, and the leagues best rising talent, whilst the likes of Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook have retained spots despite their injured status.

Colangelo is happy with the names selected:

"This roster is extremely talented, deep and versatile", he said in a statement.

"Continuity and familiarity with international basketball are critical parts in our success, and between our coaching staff and these 28 players we currently have that.

"Everyone of the selected players has been involved in USA Basketball previously and that speaks to how well our pipeline is working."

From this pool Colangelo and Krzyzewski will choose 12-man rosters in the run up to major tournaments, the first of which will be the 2014 World Cup set to be held in Spain this summer. 

Kevin's Durant and Love had already committed to this tournament, and as reported yesterday Dwight Howard is keen to participate.

Should the US win in Spain they will not have to participate in 2015 qualifying for the Olympics in Rio.

However LeBron, and Anthony are unlikely to participate this summer, with the 2016 Brazil Olympics the main focus for this group of players.

As expected, there is no room in the pool for Kobe Bryant, or Miami duo Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade.

The pool in full:

Veterans: Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Dwight Howard, Andre Iguodala, LeBron James, Kevin Love, Chris PAul, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams 

Newcomers: LaMarcus Aldridge, Bradley Beal, DeMArcus Cousins, Andre Drummond, Kenneth Faried, Paul George, Blake Griffin, Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving, Kyle Korver, David Lee, Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson

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