US select team announced

We interrupt your NBA playoff fever for an update on Team USA and the looming 2012 Olympic basketball tournament which will prove to be an exciting one.

By now you all know senior members of the squad are dropping like flies. Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Chauncey Billups, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Chris Bosh all have succumbed to various injuries which will likely prevent them from representing the US in London.

So while USA Basketball scrambles to add players, the 2012 US select team has been announced which is sure to test the senior team this summer in preparation of the Olympics.

Here are the members of the select team: DeMarcus Cousins, Jeremy Lin, Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving, John Wall, DeMar DeRozan, Paul George, Gordon Hayward, Kawhi Leonard, DeJuan Blair, Ryan Anderson, Taj Gibson, and Derrick Favors.

The select team will scrimmage the senior team in Las Vegas as Team USA trains for the London Olympics. Playing with the select team is usually the first step for NBA players who will eventually be invited to the senior team but with the senior team needing players, perhaps it will be smart to dip into the select team and send them to London.

And if I can toss in a name that should have been invited to either team is Al Jefferson. With Team USA needing big bodies, Jefferson would fit in perfectly and his game can fit in nicely with the international game.

Besides, without bigs such as Howard, and Aldridge, big teams like Spain with Pau and Marc Gasol, Team USA needs all the bigs they can get.