Since creating the USA Basketball Men’s National Team program in 2005, the USA Basketball Men’s National Team has compiled an incredible 35-1 record in official FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions. If that’s not enough, the U.S. is the defending Olympic (2008) and FIBA World Championship (2010) gold medalist, and is currently enjoying a 28-game win streak dating back to the 2006 FIBA World Championship bronze-medal game.
The USA Basketball Men’s National Team program is headed by Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball chairman and National Team managing director. Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski is finishing up his second stint as the national program’s head coach and has added Olympic and world championship gold medals to his list of considerable coaching accomplishments. The coaching staff consisting of three assistant coaches is back for a second run as well. Jim Boeheim, Mike D’Antoni and Nate McMillan will help man the USA sidelines for a second Olympics.
The National Team roster currently consists of 34 NBA standouts, including 10 members of the 2008 U.S. Olympic gold-medal squad, and all 12 players who led Team USA to a 9-0 record and world championship gold medal in Turkey in 2010. Members of 2009-12 USA National Team include two-time Olympians Carmelo Anthony, Carlos Boozer, LeBron James and Dwayne Wade. Ten of the 12 members of the 2008 Olympic gold-medal team are National Team members, including Anthony, Boozer, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, James, Chris Paul, Tayshaun Prince, Wade and Derron Williams. The roster also includes 2004 Olympians Lamar Odom and Amar’e Stoudemire. The undefeated and gold medalist 2010 USA World Championship Team, which qualified the U.S. men for the 2012 Olympics by winning the world championship, featured national squad players Chauncey Billups, Tyson Chandler, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, Eric Gordon, Danny Granger, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Love, Odom, Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook. Also members of the USA National Team are: LaMarcus Aldridge, Tyreke Evans, Jeff Green, Al Jefferson, David Lee, Brook Lopez, Robin Lopez, O.J. Mayo, Kendrick Perkins, Rajon Rondo and Gerald Wallace (the current USA Basketball Men’s National Team roster is available here.
Selection of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team isn’t expected to be made until late spring 2012.
Only the U.S., by virtue of capturing the 2010 world championship, and Great Britain, as host country, have sealed their place in London. Of the remaining 10 spots, seven will go top finishing teams in the FIBA Olympic zone qualifying tournaments: the FIBA African zone champ, the FIBA Americas zone winner and runner-up, the FIBA Asia zone champion, the FIBA Europe gold and silver medalists, and FIBA Oceania champion.
The final three men’s teams will be determined through the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which will feature 12 nations from each of the five 2011 FIBA zone qualifying tournaments as follows: two from FIBA Africa (silver and bronze medalists); three from FIBA Americas (bronze medalist and fourth- and fifth-place finishers); two from FIBA Asia (silver and bronze medalists); four from FIBA Europe (bronze medalists, and the fourth- through sixth-place finishers); and one from FIBA Oceania (silver medalist).
- Selection of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team: With no fewer than 12 Olympians, including 10 from the 2008 U.S. Olympic squad that won gold, and 12 other players who formed the 2010 USA World Championship Team that finished 9-0 and won gold in Istanbul, Turkey, Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski will have an enviable job of picking a 12-man roster from all the experience talent.
- The Rare Trifecta: In the history of international basketball, since 1950 when the world championship was instigated, only the U.S. has won gold at an Olympics, gold at the following world championship, and then again won Olympic gold in the following Olympics. The U.S. did it twice: 1952 Olympics, 1954 world champions and 1956 Olympics; and the 1992 Olympics, 1994 world championship and 1996 Olympics. The 2012 U.S. Olympic Team will have the opportunity to become just the third team to accomplish the trifecta. The U.S. of course won gold at the 2008 Olympics and the 2010 world championship, thus an Olympic gold medal in 2012 will make the sweep complete.
- Double Olympic Gold: Mike Krzyzewski is already just the second U.S. coach to have won gold in an Olympics and a FIBA World Championship. Warren Womble, who coached the AAU Peoria Caterpillars, also led the United States to the 1952 Olympic gold medal and 1954 world championship title.
- Mike Krzyzewski has an opportunity to become the first U.S. coach to repeat as an Olympic champion since Hall of Fame legend Henry Iba did so with the 1964 and 1968 teams. Of course Iba’s attempt for a third Olympic gold medal was not realized after the controversial loss to Russia in the 1972 Olympic Games.
- If selected for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team, Carmelo Anthony, Carlos Boozer, LeBron James and Dwayne Wade have an opportunity to join the elite company of American male basketball players who have won a pair of gold medals, and could become part of a small elite group of three-time U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team members. The only previous three-time U.S. Olympian in men’s basketball is David Robinson (1988, 1992, 1996). "The Admiral" earned two golds and one bronze medal in Olympic action. Twelve other U.S. players have appeared in two Olympics and won two gold medals, including Charles Barkley (1992, 1996), Patrick Ewing (1984, 1992), Burdette Haldorson (1956, 1960), William Hougland (1952, 1956), Michael Jordan (1984, 1992), Jason Kidd (2000, 2008), Robert Kurland (1948, 1952), Karl Malone (1996, 1992), Chris Mullin (1984, 1992), Gary Payton (1996, 2000), Scottie Pippen (1992, 1996), and John Stockton (1992, 1996). Anthony, Boozer, James and Wade have distinguished themselves as two-time Olympic medal winners, having earned bronze in 2004 and gold in 2008. Mitch Richmond is the 13th U.S. player to have played in a pair of Olympics (1988, 1996), and he won one gold and one bronze medal. Lamar Odom and Amar’e Stoudemire each have an Olympic experience to their credit and, if selected for the 2012 team, would join the small group of two-time U.S. Olympians.
- The U.S., gold medalists in 13 of the 16 Olympics in which it has played, has a remarkable 122-5 record in Olympic play for a .961 winning percentage. U.S. Olympic Teams featuring NBA players are 37-3 and the U.S. has won four of the last five Olympic titles when NBA players have participated (1992, 1996, 2000 and 2008).
USA Basketball has named a 34-member USA Men’s National Team roster
. The USA Men’s National Team roster is fluid and athletes may still be added at any time. It is expected that the official 12-member 2012 U.S. Olympic Team will be comprised of players from the 2009-12 USA National Team roster.
- July 2012: It is expected that USA Basketball will conduct training camp for selected USA National Team players in the early part of the month.