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Anthony, Durant lead USA Basketball Rio squad

(Agencies) Updated: 2016-06-29 16:38
Anthony, Durant lead USA Basketball Rio squad

The US men's Olympic basketball team poses for a photo with head coach Mike Krzyzewski, left, and managing director Jerry Colangelo, right, during a news conference on June 27, 2016, in New York. [Photo/IC]

NEW YORK - USA Basketball named a 12-man squad for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics Games on Monday with Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant and New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony leading the team.

The squad also includes Kyrie Irving, Harrison Barnes, Toronto's Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, Indiana's Paul George, Golden State's Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins, Chicago's Jimmy Butler and the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan.

Nine players - Anthony, Jimmy Butler, DeMarcus Cousins, DeMar DeRozan, Durant, Paul George, Green, Kyle Lowry and Thompson - were 2016 NBA All-Stars.

It's not as experienced as recent US teams, as only Durant and Anthony have played in the Olympics. The Americans lost a number of potential selections to injuries or other reasons in recent months, including James Harden, Anthony Davis and Blake Griffin.

Anthony will set a record by playing on his fourth US team and could become the most decorated Olympic men's basketball player ever if he helps the Americans to a third straight gold medal.

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