Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Iguodala a finalist as Team USA roster trimmed


Iguodala a finalist as Team USA roster trimmed



Andre Iguodala was in the starting lineup today for Team USA in its 86-55 victory over France in an exhibition game at Madison Square Garden in preparation for the World Championships. Iguodala scored two points on 1-for-2 shooting, his quietest day offensively in the US's various warmup games.

Team USA leaves Monday for Madrid, where they will practice Aug. 17-20 and then play three games: against Lithuania on Aug. 21 and Spain on Aug. 22 in Madrid, and play Greece in Athens on Aug. 25.

Chauncey Billups had 17 points to lead the U.S., and Kevin Durant had 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

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Before the game, USA Basketball trimmed two more players of its roster for the World Championships.

Washington's JaVale McGee and Oklahoma City's Jeff Green were cut, leaving 13 players. One more player must be cut before the tournament begins Aug. 28 in Turkey. The final roster deadline is the day before the tournament starts.

As expected, the Sixers' Andre Iguodala has moved on. Iguodala might end up as a starter for Team USA and has played well in camp and the intrasquad games thus far.

The 13 finalists for the USA World Championship Team are: Chauncey Billups (Denver Nuggets); Tyson Chandler (Dallas Mavericks); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies); Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers); Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers); Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers); Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtics); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder). 

 "It's always difficult to have to pare down and make these decisions because each of these young men have given their time and energy to be part of USA Basketball," said USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo. "The decision made was predicated on having less players to work with and play during the upcoming exhibition games which will help in terms of our final preparations. So rather than bring 14 or 15 players we will for now go with 13 because we have yet to make a final determination on 12."



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