- 13 Jul 2004
- IOC News
Athens 2004: Five Stars Complete USA Squad
The US men's basketball team was completed last Friday when Carmelo Anthony, Carlos Boozer, Lamar Odom, Emeka Okafor and Dwyane Wade were added to the line-up expected to win gold in Athens. "These five guys are the future of US basketball," head coach Larry Brown said.
Five players join
The five players join Tim Duncan, Allen Iverson, LeBron James, Richard Jefferson, Stephon Marbury, Shawn Marion and Amare Stoudemire in completing a youthful 12-man team for next month’s Games.
Brown coached the Detroit Pistons to the NBA title last month and remains confident despite a lack of experience in his squad.
"It’s going to be a huge challenge for us. It’s a neat mix of kids who really want to be there that gives us some versatility," he said.
The Chair of the USA Basketball Men’s Senior National Team Committee, Stu Jackson, shared Brown’s enthusiasm.
"This team has the potential to be one of the most exciting and versatile teams that USA Basketball has ever assembled for the Olympic Games," he said.
Five players withdraw
USA Basketball also announced that five players previously named in the squad - Mike Bibby, Jason Kidd, Karl Malone, Tracy McGrady and Jermaine O’Neal - have all withdrawn owing to personal reasons or injury.
The US team heads to the Games as overwhelming favourites
The US team heads to the Games as overwhelming favourites after compiling a 109-2 record on their way to winning gold in Athens. Boozer has apparently knocked back an offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers which, according to reports, made Boozer a free agent with the belief he would re-sign with them. Last season, Boozer averaged 15.5 points and 11.7 rebounds per game.
Earlier this week, the Jazz agreed to terms with Pistons free agent forward Mehmet Okur.
Utah also has re-signed last season’s starting backcourt tandem of Gordan Giricek and Carlos Arroyo.
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