Sunday, July 8, 2012

Knicks Have 2 Players Named to Team USA

Knicks Have 2 on Team USA

The USA Basketball team for the 2012 Summer Olympics was announced last night, and the Knicks will have two players representing them in London.

Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler will be the Knicks heading to London.  They will be joined by Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams, Andre Iguodala, James Harden, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love.

Even with injuries to big named players such as Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard, the committee was able to put together a stellar group of players.  This is a testament to how deep the player pool in the United States really is.

Anthony is one player who is honored and excited about playing in the Olympics.  This will be his third appearance on team USA.  “Going to practice and being around the guys, putting the uniform on, I still get excited about that,” said Anthony.

Anthony is another long athletic player that head coach Mike Krzyzewski has at his disposal.  Anthony figures to have a big role on the team because of how well his game translates internationally. Anthony and Lebron James will be look at a lot of playing time at the power forward position throughout the tournament. 

Tyson Chandler is set to also have a big role on the team.  With big men Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Lamar Odom all not part of the team this year, Chandler is the lone center on the roster.  Coach K will lean on him to bring a defensive presence and be a difference maker on the glass for Team USA.  If Chandler can play as well as he did with the Knicks in the regular season, Coach K will be a happy man.

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