2016 Rio Olympics

Jerry Colangelo : Picking Team USA roster a “high class” problem

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For USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo, assembling a 12-man roster from 31 candidates is a “high class” problem.

Who wouldn’t call it that when you have Carmelo Anthony, Lebron James, Chris Paul, and other up and coming stars to choose from?

Considered as the deepest collection of talent on board since he handled Team USA in 2005, Colangelo admitted that he certainly have a difficult decision but he added that injuries or players who are not in their best interest would somehow make the problem easier.

“I call it a high class problem to have too many people who want to participate. You have 31 names and you can two or three hits from guys who might not be in their best interest and it’s going to be OK.” Colangelo said in an interview with The Vertical.

Colangelo is set to announce the 12-man roster between June 26 – 28 without the benefit of a tryout. The Rio Olympics will be the last for Coach Mike Krzyzewski, who is set to have knee replacement surgery after Duke’s season.

Coach K, as Team USA calls him, originally planned to step down during the last Olympics in London when the team placed their gold medals around his neck to show their gratitude for his dedication.

After coaching the team in Rio, he will serve as an adviser to Colangelo through the 2019 World Cup and 2020 Olympics. Set to comeback as coach of Team USA is Spurs coach Greg Popovich, whom Colangelo expects to be with the team in Rio to see how they operate.

LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony have a shot at participating in their fourth Olympics and, together with Chris Paul, an unprecedented third gold medal. Colangelo said that the team is in transition with younger stars in the mix and other players emerging from the 2014 World Cup.

Until now, LBJ and Paul George still have not committed to the team. But Carmelo has already committed to the team.

Team USA has a 75-1 record in international games and has won four gold medals which includes the Olympics, FIBA Championships, and the inaugural World Cup.

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