LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony are a stage more closer a fourth Olympics, and Steph Curry is in position for his first. The NBA stars were among 30 players chose on Monday as finalists for the USA group that will endeavor in Rio de Janeiro to win a third straight gold award. The last 12-player list will be picked this late spring. On the off chance that James and Anthony are on it they would turn into the first American men to play in four Olympics.
"The profundity of ability that exists in the national group system is phenomenal. Rehashing as gold medalists at the 2016 Olympics won't be simple, yet we feel sure that we have 30 finalists who offer astonishing b-ball capacities and uncommon flexibility," the USA Basketball director, Jerry Colangelo, said in an announcement.
Kobe Bryant, who is resigning after this season, took himself out of the running for a third Olympics this weekend.
James and Anthony have officially joined Hall of Famer David Robinson as the main US men to play in three Olympics, winning bronze in 2004 preceding driving USA to gold in Beijing and London. Chris Paul, additionally among the finalists, could join that rundown this late spring.
James has said he would construct his choice about playing with respect to his wellbeing and his family's wishes, and may not choose until after his NBA season closes.
"I haven't pondered it," he said at Cleveland's shootaround before the amusement against Golden State on Monday. "The last time I considered Team USA was Kobe taking his name out of the pool. That is the exact opposite thing I sort of truly contemplated, so I'm not any inch closer to playing or not any inch closer to not playing. I haven't generally contemplated it much."
Subsequent to playing in five straight NBA finals, another long season could affect his enthusiasm for wearing the red, white and blue once more. "The season has constantly sort of managed it," James said.
Ten of the players named on Monday have suited for the Americans in the Olympics, however Curry isn't among them. He wasn't decided for the group in 2012, in a matter of seconds before the NBA's MVP down and out as one of the diversion's greatest geniuses.
He won gold awards in the 2010 world ball title and 2014 Basketball World Cup and will be a solid contender to make the Olympic group now even in a swarmed point protect field that incorporates Paul, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving — the MVP of the World Cup in Spain two years prior — John Wall and Mike Conley.
Colangelo has said the Americans could send their most grounded group yet to the Olympics, and it could positively be their most experienced one. The pool of finalists incorporates 18 players who have won Olympic or big showdowns, and seven players who have played no less than 30 worldwide recreations — drove by Anthony's 72.
"This determination procedure was troublesome from the begin, and clearly it is just going to get more troublesome as we hope to get to the official, 12-man program," the USA mentor Mike Krzyzewski said. "I'm amped up for the conceivable outcomes this group has."
Finalists for USA's 2016 men's ball group
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City); Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan (Clippers); Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio); Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Harrison Barnes (Golden State); Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love (Cleveland); Dwight Howard and James Harden (Houston); Anthony Davis (New Orleans); Paul George (Indiana); DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay (Sacramento); John Wall and Bradley Beal (Washington); Jimmy Butler (Chicago); Mike Conley (Memphis); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto); Andre Drummond (Detroit); Kenneth Faried (Denver) and Gordon Hayward (Utah).