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Iguodala named among 20 finalists for 2012 US Olympic Team - 1/16/2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA. – JANUARY 16, 2012 – Today, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo announced the finalists for the 2012 U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team and Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala was one of 20 players named. The official 12-man U.S. Olympic team roster will be announced later this year.

Iguodala was a starter on the 2010 U.S. World Championship Team which won the gold medal in Turkey. He was also a member of the U.S. Select Team which helped prepare Team USA for the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship and the 2008 Olympics. The Sixers have not had a player represent them in the Olympics since Allen Iverson in 2004.

“The entire Sixers organization – our ownership, coaching staff, front office and team – is thrilled that Andre received the honor of being named one of the finalists for the 2012 U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team,” said Head Coach Doug Collins. “Andre helped the country win a gold medal at the World Championships and showed that he deserved to be in this select company.”

This season, Iguodala is averaging 14.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.17 steals while helping the Sixers to a 9-3 mark, which is their best start since going 11-1 in 2000-01. He was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team last season and joined LeBron James as the only players to average at least 14 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds.

Also named as finalists for the 2012 USA team were: LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers); Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks); Chauncey Billups (Los Angeles Clippers); Chris Bosh (Miami Heat); Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers); Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies); Eric Gordon (New Orleans Hornets); Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers); Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic); LeBron James (Miami Heat); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Lamar Odom (Dallas Mavericks); Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat); Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder); and Deron Williams (New Jersey Nets). Griffin was also officially added to the USA Basketball National Team roster.

The 2012 USA coaching staff is led by Duke University’s Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski, and serving as USA assistant coaches are Syracuse University’s Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim, New York Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni, and Portland Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan.

“The USA Basketball Men’s National Team program has come a long way as the elite list of players who are now part of our program shows. The selected finalists are a very, very talented group; the depth of the talent is extraordinary. This selection decision was as difficult of a challenge as I’ve faced since I took on the USA National Team program in 2005,” said Colangelo, who has served as the managing director of the USA Men’s National Team since 2005.

ABOUT THE 2012 LONDON OLYMPIC GAMES:

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games will be held July 27-Aug. 12 in London, England. Twelve teams will compete in the 2012 Olympic men’s basketball competition. Nations currently qualified for the Olympic competition include Great Britain, the host country; the United States, which earned its berth by virtue of claiming the gold medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championship; Africa zone champ Tunisia; Americas zone champion Argentina and runner-up Brazil; Asia zone winner China; European zone gold medalist Spain and silver medalist France; and Oceania zone champion Australia.

The remaining three Olympic qualifying spots will be determined through the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament that will be held July 2-8, 2012, in Caracas, Venezuela. The Olympic qualifier will feature 12 nations from each of the five 2011 FIBA zone qualifying tournaments including: Angola and Nigeria from FIBA Africa; the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Venezuela from FIBA Americas (bronze medalist through fifth-place finishers); Jordan and South Korea from FIBA Asia (silver and bronze medalists); Russia, F.Y.R. of Macedonia, Lithuania and Greece from FIBA Europe (bronze medalists through sixth place finishers); and New Zealand from FIBA Oceania.

Preliminary play at the ’12 Olympics will be held July 29-Aug. 6, with quarterfinals play scheduled for Aug. 8, semifinals on Aug. 10 and the finals is slated for Aug. 12.

ABOUT USA BASKETBALL:

Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the United States by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international basketball competitions, as well as for some national competitions.