Posted on: August 8, 2011 12:35 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2011 6:27 pm

Kobe, LeBron commit to USA for 2012 Olympics

Posted by Ben Golliver


Update: Miami Heat forward LeBron James tells the Associated Press that he too is in for the 2012 Olympics.

After years of careful planning and roster construction, USA Basketball restored world order by winning gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics thanks to the combined forces of All-Stars like Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, Miami Heat forward LeBron James and guard Dwyane Wade. 

Those were simpler days. Back then, we could all sit around and bask in the Redeem Team's patriotic glory without knowing that The Decision was about to alter the NBA landscape forever. These days, we're left to sit cross-legged on the floor and pray for the return of basketball, as a lockout threatens the 2011-2012 season and could cast a shadow over the 2012 USA Olympics team.

Good news: NBA.com reports that Bryant, for one, is ready to run it back at London 2012 regardless of the lockout.
Still, the 2012 roster will be comprised solely of NBA players. Kobe Bryant is a yes whatever happens, according to a source close to the 34-year-old; Bryant badly wants a second gold medal to go with the one he won in '08. Kevin Durant, who led Team USA to the gold medal at the 2010 World Championships in Turkey, would probably go if selected even if the lockout were still in place, a source close to him said Sunday. The source added, though, that circumstances could change in the next year. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have yet to have discussions about what they would do in case the lockout is ongoing, according to a source; ditto for LeBron James, according to another source with knowledge of James' thinking.
Of course Bryant is itching to go. No superstar has made it more clear through his actions and words that he is ready to hoop, work stoppage be damned.

Recently, we put together a list of prospective 2012 Team USA members and alternates, should the Heat trio decide to skip out. 
Posted on: November 4, 2010 1:46 pm

LeBron says he's game for London in 2012

Posted by Royce Young

Already, a number of high-profile players are committing to the 2012 Olympic games in London. Dwight Howard said he wants in. Kobe Bryant said he plans to play. Kevin Durant has already made it clear he's ready to be on the team.

Well, add LeBron James to the list.

LeBron told ESPN.com that he wants to be on the team if Coach K will have him.

"I would love to be a part of that team,” James said. "If (coach Mike Krzyzewski) needs me to be a part of that team, I’m available. Hopefully I’m healthy enough to be a part of that team. Coach K has my number."

However, LeBron's two running buddies didn't commit. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade both cited that the games are a a couple years away and they weren't ready to box themselves in to it quite yet. Understandable, of course, but a little weird considering some of their former 2008 teammates aren't having any problems joining up early.

(An aside: How crazy is it that we're talking about three guys potentially being on the Olympic roster all on the same team? That's just pretty much insane. It's hard enough to be considered one of the 12 absolute best players in the league and to fit on to that roster, yet the Heat might have three guys.)

The 2012 team is going to be an interesting one. Coach K and Jerry Colangelo really seemed pleased with the makeup of the 2010 World Championship squad, but of course adding in Kobe, LeBron and Dwight Howard will force out some of those. Then if Wade and Bosh join, plus Chris Paul, Deron Williams and whoever else, this team will likely have a similar look to the 2008 Redeem Team plus Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose.

But LeBron will be taking his talents to London in 2012. To be determined if his other two heads will join him.
Posted on: November 4, 2010 11:32 am

Dwight Howard commits to 2012 Olympics, kind of

Magic center plans to "probably play" in 2012 Olympics. Posted by Matt Moore

That Team USA won Gold this summer wasn't just your run of the mill lifetime moment of triumph. It was done despite the absence of nearly the entire list of elite talent in the NBA. Most superstars took off from FIBA after giving themselves to Beijing so they could, you know, be NBA superstars over the summer. But there's been solid talk from most of the players about being prepared for London in 2012 and joining the ranks of Team USA once more.

You can count Dwight Howard among them.

The Orlando Sentinel asked Howard about 2012 and his plans for the Olympics:

"I'll probably play. Of course," Howard said. "It's another chance to represent our country."

Okay, not exactly the lock the Sentinel makes it out to be. But with no real reason for him not to join his countrymen in Great Britain, Howard should probably be penned in, not penciled. Howard's a huge difference maker, even with the awkward fit for him in international style. Team USA was desperately short on centers this summer, and with Howard so physically dominant, he can lead to mutltiple possessions. And that greatly improves the chances of Team USA going for Gold again.

Of course, he'll have to get along with the Heat, more than likely... awkward!
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