of CSNNW.com reports
that Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge would like to be considered for Team USA at the 2012 London Olympics.
"It would be an honor to play for my country this summer if I was asked to," Aldridge told CSNNW.com. "I would do it in a heartbeat. Hopefully I get a call."
of ESPN.com reports
that the first round of Team USA cuts are coming in two weeks. 18 players will be selected, with six of those eventually serving as alternates who won't make the 12-man team. He reports that the group will include members of the 2008 Olympics team and the 2010 World Championships team, with Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin the only outsider that is being considered.
Aldridge was selected
for the Team USA program in 2010 but backed out prior to the World Championships in Turkey. Blazers coach Nate McMillan, a team USA assistant, said at the time
that he wished Aldridge had been on the team.
At the time, Chris Tomasson
of AOLnews.com reported
that Team USA Director Jerry Colangelo said that Aldridge's decision was "not a positive" development for his 2012 Olympics team hopes but that he would "never close the door."
Barring injuries, here's my guess
for the 12-man 2012 Olympics team.
PG: Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Deron Williams
SG: Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade
SF: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony
PF: Chris Bosh, Blake Griffin
C: Dwight Howard, Tyson Chandler
I think Minnesota Timberwolves forward and Portland native Kevin Love is the 13th man right now.
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