USA basketball roster deadline now July 7Posted by Inside Hoops
USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo considers about 10 men’s Olympic team spots set ”on paper,” with the rest to be determined over two days of practice before the squad is announced July 7.
The Americans requested and were granted an extension to the deadline to select the roster by the U.S. Olympic Committee after four candidates were knocked out by injuries. The team was originally to be picked by June 18 before the end of the NBA season.
Instead, the Americans will hold their first practice July 6 in Las Vegas with a to-be-determined number of players. They’ll gather their final 12 at a team meeting the next night. There are 18 healthy players in the roster pool.
”What we think is that barring any other further major injury, we have a pretty good handle on what we think the roster might look like, and it may get down to a final selection or two,” Colangelo said Monday in a phone interview from Dallas, where he was to announce the revised plans during a news conference.
– Reported by Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press