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Chris Bosh Named To USA Basketball’s Men’s Olympic Team

SA Basketball today announced that Toronto Raptors forward Chris Bosh is one of 12 players who have been selected to represent the United States in the August 8-24 Olympic Summer Games in Beijing, China. The selections were announced by USA Basketball Men’s Senior National Team program Managing Director Jerry Colangelo.

Bosh, 6-foot-10, 230 pounds, was taken fourth overall by the Raptors in the 2003 NBA Draft He has career averages of 18.9 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 36.9 minutes in 362 games, including 350 starts. He has been tabbed an Eastern Conference All-Star the past three seasons.

Bosh is the second current Raptor to participate in Olympic completion. Vince Carter helped Team USA to the gold medal in the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

The following players will join Bosh on the 2008 USA Basketball Senior National Team: Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets); Carlos Boozer (Utah Jazz); Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers); Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic); LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers); Jason Kidd (Dallas Mavericks); Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets); Tayshaun Prince (Detroit Pistons); Michael Redd (Milwaukee Bucks); Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat); and Deron Williams (Utah Jazz).

Duke University Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski is head coach of the USA Senior Team program. Serving as assistant coaches are Syracuse University and Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim, New York Knicks head mentor Mike D’Antoni and Portland Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan.

"Whatever I say will not fully describe just how difficult this selection process has been," said Colangelo. "We knew it would be difficult when we began the building of the Senior National Team program. It has become obvious that it would be in the best interest of the team, the players and coaches, to select the 12 players prior to our June 28-29 mini-camp so we could begin the process of gelling and getting the team’s focus set.

"The 12 players selected have incredible talent, and more importantly, we think this team has excellent leadership; great versatility and balance; and very good chemistry which are critical parts in building a great team," added Colangelo.

USA Basketball’s Senior National Team will open its training June 28 in Las Vegas, Nev., when the 12 selected players participate in a mini-training camp at Cox Pavilion on the campus of UNLV.

The USA Team will resume its training in Las Vegas on July 21 and will train daily July 21-24. The Americans will cap the Las Vegas portion of its training on July 25 (5 p.m. Las Vegas local time) with the 2008 State Farm USA Basketball Challenge. The USA will meet the Canadian National Team in the State Farm USA Basketball Challenge that will be held at Thomas & Mack Center.

The United States will then train and play four additional games in the USA Basketball International Challenge that will see the USA play two games in Macao, China, and two more games in Shanghai, China. Moving to Shanghai, the Americans will conclude the USA Basketball International Challenge with tests versus 2007 EuroBasket champion Russia on August 3 (3 p.m. Shanghai local time) and 2007 Oceania champion Australia on August 5 (8 p.m. Shanghai local time). Both games will be held at the Qizhong Arena (13,708 capacity) in Shanghai.

The U.S. is scheduled to arrive in Beijing on August 6, and preliminary round play of the 2008 Olympics takes place August 10-18.

2008 USA Men’s Senior National Team Roster
Name Position Height Weight Date Of Birth Current Team/College or High School
Carmelo Anthony F 6-8 230 5/29/84 Denver Nuggets/Syracuse University
Carlos Boozer F 6-9 258 11/20/81 Utah Jazz/Duke University
Chris Bosh F 6-10 230 3/24/84 Toronto Raptors/Georgia Tech
Kobe Bryant G 6-6 220 8/23/78 Los Angeles Lakers/Lower merion H.S. (PA)
Dwight Howard F/C 6-11 265 12/08/85 Orlando Magic/Southwest Atlanta Christian Acd. (GA)
LeBron James F 6-8 240 12/30/84 Cleveland Cavaliers/St. Vincent-St. Mary H.S. (OH)
Jason Kidd G 6-4 212 3/23/73 Dallas Mavericks/University of California
Chris Paul G 6-0 170 5/06/85 New Orleans Hornets/Wake Forest University
Tayshaun Prince F 609 205 2/28/80 Detroit Pistons/University of Kentucky
Michael Redd G 6-6 215 8/24/79 Milwaukee Bucks/Ohio State University
Dwyane Wade G 6-4 212 1/17/82 Miami Heat/Marquette University
Deron William G 6-3 205 7/26/84 Utah Jazz/University of Illinois