All eyes may be on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi that begin next month, but there is already some talk about the 2016 Olympics going on. On Jan. 23, 2014, ESPN has reported that the 28-player pool for the men's Olympic basketball team has been selected, and that means the world is closer to knowing which 12 will play for the gold.
A large number of veteran players are in the running as expected, but there's a whole crop of newcomers that will be hoping to wear the colors for the red, white, and blue.
The pool was chosen by USAB chairman Jerry Colangelo and head coach Mike Krzyzewski. From this pool of 28 players, Colangelo and Krzyzewski will end up selecting 12 players to make up the roster that will compete at the World Cup later this year and the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
The list of 14 veterans includes Chris Paul, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, James Harden, Dwight Howard, Stephen Curry, Deron Williams, Tyson Chandler, Andre Iguodala, Anthony Davis, Derrick Rose, and Russell Westbrook.
The list of 14 newcomers for the men's USA basketball team includes LaMarcus Aldridge, Bradley Beal, DeMarcus Cousins, Kenneth Faried, Andre Drummond, Paul George, Blake Griffin, Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving, Kyle Korver, David Lee, Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard, and Klay Thompson.
"This roster is extremely talented, deep and versatile," USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said in a statement.
"Continuity and familiarity with international basketball are critical parts in our success, and between our coaching staff and these 28 players we certainly have that. Every one of the selected players has been involved in USA Basketball previously and that speaks to how well our pipeline is working."
Names like Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh are noticeably absent from the pool. Some players have chosen not to take part in the team again and others are going to be dealing with free agency this summer so they have that to focus on.