Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward, Kevin Love, was officially named into the 12-man U.S. Olympic Team men’s basketball team yesterday.
Love was named a finalist for the team on January 16, 2012. The Timberwolves captain last season was a member of the 2010 USA World championship squad that went 9-0 and captured the go in Turkey. Love had just recently been named into the 2011-2012 All-NBA Second Team as he averaged a career high and single-season franchise-record 26.0 points per game and pulling down 13.3 rebounds per game. Aside from boxscore stats, Love had 48 double doubles, finished second in the league in minutes played with 39.0 minutes per game, and ranked fourth in free-throws made with 379. Love also earned his second consecutive NBA All-Star Game selection this past season, and just became the third NBA player in NBA history to average 25+ points, 10+ rebounds, and 50+ three pointers. Love was also the winner of the 2012 Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout.
Love will be joined by 11 other NBA players: Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, LeBron James, Andre Iguodala, James Harden, Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, and Tyson Chandler
Looking at the roster, the team basically has three big men in Love, Chandler, and Griffin. Chandler is the only true center for the team and with the addition of the hard working Kevin Love, the Olympic Team will be capable of getting multiple second chance opportunities at the basket after misses.
The 2012 U.S Olympic National Team contains five members of the 2008 gold medalist U.S Olympic Team with Anthony, Williams, James, Paul, and Bryant, five members of the gold medalist 2010 World Championship Team with Chandler, Durant, Westbrook, Love, and Iguodala, and two newcomers to USA Basketball in Blake Griffin and James Harden.
The average age of the 12 U.S. players is 26.1 years of age.
The coaching staff of the Olympic Team is led by Duke University Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski, who has previously led the USA Basketball Men’s National Team to gold medal finishes during the 2010 FIBA World Championships and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The assistant coaches for Krzyzewski are Syracuse University Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim, and former NBA head coaches in Nate McMillan and Mike D’Antoni.
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