Posted by Sabrina B.Â @gametimegirl
The U.S. has addedÂ Blake GriffinÂ of theÂ Los Angeles ClippersÂ andÂ Portland’sLaMarcus AldridgeÂ to the 18 holdovers who hope to go for more basketball gold.
The Americans announced a 20-player pool Monday, a list from which the 12-man Olympic roster will be chosen in June.
Other than the two newcomers, the remaining players all represented the Americans at either the 2008 Olympics or 2010 world championship and have said they wish to be considered again.
Returning from the team that won gold in Beijing are:Â Kobe Bryant,Â LeBron James,Â Dwyane Wade,Â Chris Bosh,Â Carmelo Anthony,Â Dwight Howard,Â Chris PaulÂ andÂ Deron Williams. Back from the reigning world champions are:Â Kevin Durant,Â Derrick Rose,Â Tyson Chandler,Â Eric Gordon,Rudy Gay,Â Kevin Love,Â Lamar Odom,Â Chauncey Billups,Â Russell WestbrookÂ andÂ Andre Iguodala.