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USA Basketball will set 2016 Olympic roster before training camp

USA Basketball Men's National Team Training Camp

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 12: (L-R) Russell Westbrook #31, LeBron James #27 and Carmelo Anthony #20 of the 2015 USA Basketball Men’s National Team attend a practice session at the Mendenhall Center on August 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Team USA has held tryouts the summer of each of its last three major events.

USA Basketball has invited extra players to training camp, assessed them and then trimmed the roster to the required 12. Here’s how many players have started training camp for each tournament:

  • 2014 World Cup – 19
  • 2012 Olympics – 18
  • 2010 World Championships – 22

At times, players have been added late to training-camp rosters, especially in the event of injury. But the idea is the same: Let players compete and then pick the final roster.

That will change for the 2016 Olympics.

Chris Sheridan of Sheridan Hoops:

The next version of Team USA will be chosen in late June, 2016, and there will be no alternates.

A dozen players will be named to the team, a training camp will be held in Las Vegas, and the team will take a domestic tour of the United States before traveling direct to Rio de Janeiro from Houston, Team USA executive director Jerry Colangelo told Wednesday.

This mirrors the plan for the 2008 Olympic, when the Americans won the gold medal. It will help keep the selected 12 focused and give them more time to work just among themselves.

But it will also reduced the number of players who participate with Team USA next summer. There are opportunities being denied for several players.

Ultimately I think it comes down to this: The U.S. stacked with 34 players at this week’s minicamp. Trimming that to 12 for the Olympics will hurt feelings. Why add another source of tension by cutting the roster to 20 or so in between?