USA Basketball Rumors

There are a handful of players, including LeBron James, who have yet to officially commit to Rio, but Colangelo and Co. plan to give those players ample time to make decisions. “LeBron, I didn’t expect him to make a decision until he’s finished with the season,” Colangelo said. “And he’s entitled to that. He’s put a lot of time and energy into USA Basketball all these years.” Still, the prospective roster is loaded with talent, and the biggest challenge will be paring it down from more than 20 hopefuls to 12. “We’re just waiting for the [NBA] season to end,” Colangelo said. “The good thing about the national team roster is we have depth at every position. So I think we’re still in pretty good shape.”
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USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told the Globe on Thursday that Smart, who just completed his second NBA season, will be invited to join the Select Team for a second time. Team USA will begin training for the 2016 Rio Olympics in July in Las Vegas and Smart is expected to be among the Select members. “He did well [last time],” Colangelo said. “He’s part of the program. We’d like to have him back. He’s a good young player.”
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