Raptors' Chris Bosh makes U.S. Olympic team
Chris Bosh of the Toronto Raptors was among 12 NBA players named Monday to a star-studded United States men's Olympic basketball team.
Bosh, who will make his first Olympic appearance in Beijing, will join a team that features the top three vote getters this past season for most valuable player: winner Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets.
"The 12 players selected have incredible talent, and more importantly, we think this team has excellent leadership; great versatility and balance; and very good chemistry which are critical parts in building a great team. I believe this team is a team all Americans can and will be proud of," said managing director Jerry Colangelo.
The USA Basketball program is looking for redemption after a disappointing 5-3 showing at the 2004 Athens Olympics, the first time without a gold medal since NBA players started competing in 1992.
James is one of five returnees from that team, a list that includes Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat, Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets and Carlos Boozer of the Utah Jazz.
Jason Kidd, the oldest member at 35, played in Athens and is the only player already with a gold medal, from the 2000 Sydney Games.
Rounding out the roster are Tayshaun Prince of the Detroit Pistons, Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, Michael Redd of the Milwaukee Bucks and Boozer's Utah teammate Deron Williams.
Duke University coach Mike Krzyzewski is head coach of the team, assisted by Jim Boeheim, Mike D'Antoni and Nate McMillan.
The team will have a minicamp in Las Vegas this week before a full training camp in late July. The U.S. will take on Canada in an exhibition clash in Las Vegas on July 24.
The Americans open Olympic play against host China on Aug. 10.
With files from the Associated Press