Dwyane Wade , Lamar Odom, Carlos Boozer, Emeka Okafor and Carmelo Anthony Complete 2004 USA Basketball Mens Senior National Team Roster
The naming of the five players raises the USA player roster to the official 12-man limit. The talented USA squad is scheduled to represent the United States at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, Aug. 13-29. The player selections were made by the USA Basketball Senior National Team Committee.
The 2004 USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team will open their pre-Olympic training on July 26 at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida, and will spend the 18 days leading up to the 2004 Athens Olympics training in Jacksonville (July 26-31); Cologne, 2004 USA Basketball Mens Senior National Team USA Training Plans: The 2004 USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team will open training on July 26 in Jacksonville, Florida and will spend the 18 days leading up to the 2004 Athens Olympics training in Jacksonville (July 26- 31); Cologne, Germany (Aug.1-4); Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro (Aug. 5-6); and Istanbul, Turkey (Aug. 7-12), and will play a total of six exhibition games.
USA Head Coach: Larry Brown (Detroit Pistons)
USA Assistant Coaches: Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs), Oliver Purnell (Clemson University), Roy Williams (University of North Carolina)
USA Team: Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets), Carlos Boozer (Cleveland Cavaliers), Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs), Allen Iverson (Philadelphia 76ers), LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers), Richard Jefferson (New Jersey Nets), Stephon Marbury (New York Knicks), Shawn Marion (Phoenix Suns), Lamar Odom (Miami HEAT), Emeka Okafor (Charlotte Bobcats/University of Connecticut), Amaré Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns), Dwyane Wade (Miami HEAT)
Olympic Mens Preliminary Round Groupings:
Group A: Argentina, China, Italy, New Zealand, Serbia and Montenegro, Spain. Group B: Angola, Australia, Greece, Lithuania, Puerto Rico, and the United States.
Germany (Aug. 1-4); Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro (Aug. 5-6); Istanbul, Turkey (Aug. 7-12), and will play a total of six exhibition games.
These five guys are the future of USA Basketball, said USA and Detroit Pistons head coach Larry Brown. Im disappointed that so many of the guys who helped us qualify for the Olympics last summer in Puerto Rico wont have the chance for an Olympic gold medal. These are five great additions and based on their seasons theyve earned the right to be on the team. Last summers qualifying team played as a team and Im confident that this new group will help us continue to play the right way.
USA Basketball appreciates the enthusiasm these five players bring to the team and we are looking forward to continuing the outstanding legacy the United States has built in mens basketball in the Olympics, stated USA Basketball President Tom Jernstedt. Like the players before them who represented the U.S. in prior Olympic Games with such distinction, these 12 players and four coaches will become part of the United States extraordinary tradition of outstanding Olympic basketball teams.
"This team has the potential to be one of the most exciting and versatile teams that USA Basketball has ever assembled for the Olympics, said Stu Jackson, Chair of the USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team Committee. Our team's youth, athleticism and skill level will give us an opportunity to perform well at the Olympic Games and hopefully return home with the gold medal.
The five players named today join the seven players previously named to the USA Team which includes: Tim Duncan, the NBAs 2002 and 2003 Most Valuable Player; Allen Iverson, a perennial All-Star and the NBAs 2001 MVP: LeBron James, 2004 Rookie of the Year; Richard Jefferson, a member of the 2003 USA Olympic Qualifying team; Stephon Marbury, 2001 and 2003 NBA All-Star; Shawn Marion, 2003 NBA All-Star and two-time USA team member; and Amaré Stoudemire, 2003 NBA Rookie of the Year.
Brown, who won a gold medal as a player at the 1964 Olympics and most recently led the Detroit Pistons to the 2004 NBA title, is head coach of the 2004 USA Basketball Senior National Team and will draw on his recent international head coaching experiences that saw him lead USA teams in 1999 and 2003 to 10-0 records and Olympic qualifying berths. Assisting Brown on the USA bench is San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, who owns a pair of NBA championships (1999 and 2003), and a pair of very successful collegiate head mentors in Clemson Universitys (S.C.) Oliver Purnell and University of North Carolinas Roy Williams.
Anthony, Boozer and Okafor all possess previous USA Basketball experience, upping the number of 04 Senior Team members who have prior USA Basketball experience to nine (Anthony, Boozer, Duncan, Iverson, James, Jefferson, Marbury, Marion, and Okafor).
As a team, the 2004 USA Teams average age will be 23.6 years old at the start of the Olympics, the youngest yet of the four Olympic teams comprised of NBA players. In fact, the 2004 team is younger than seven (200027.7, 1996- 29.4, 1992-29.0, 1964-23.6, 1956-23.8, 1948-24.4 and 1936-25.4) of the previous 15 U.S. Olympic teams.