A preliminary roster for Team USA has been released, and yet again a number of the NBA's best players declined to participate. Among those who turned down their nation were Kevin Garnett, Jermaine O'Neal, Vince Carter, Ray Allen, Jason Kidd, Tracy McGrady, Richard Hamilton, and Tayshaun Prince. Furthermore, a number of players who disappointed American basketball fans at the 2004 Olympics were not invited to return, including the 76ers' Allen Iverson and the Lakers' Lamar Odom. Shaquille O'Neal has a standing invitation to join, but has not made clear his position. The training camp roster includes 25 players:

The Americans' first competition will be the World Championships in Japan beginning August 19, 2006, though a number of players who do not go to Japan will remain on the larger Olympics roster.


Wed 3/1/2006 4:25 PM



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