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Cousins, 4 Warriors named to U.S. pool

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POSTED January 23, 2014 10:58 p.m.

With LeBron James sticking around and some of the NBA’s best players joining him, the U.S. basketball team could be better than ever.

“The roster itself is the strongest roster we’ve ever had,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said.

Even without Kobe Bryant, who had said the 2012 London Olympics was his last international competition, it’s a formidable group. James and 10 others from the 2012 U.S. Olympic team are remaining in the national team pool, joined by a group of newcomers hoping for their first chance at gold.

USA Basketball selected 28 players Thursday to choose from for the World Cup of Basketball this summer in Spain and the 2016 Rio Olympics. Carmelo Anthony was also chosen, giving him and James a chance to play in a fourth Olympics and win a third gold medal.

Also selected from the 2012 gold medalists were: Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Kevin Love, Deron Williams, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, Tyson Chandler and Andre Iguodala.

The other players picked were: Chicago’s Derrick Rose, Houston’s Dwight Howard, the Clippers’ Blake Griffin, Indiana’s Paul George; Stephen Curry, David Lee and Klay Thompson of Golden State; LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard of Portland; Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins, Kyrie Irving of Cleveland; San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard; Washington’s Bradley Beal; Atlanta’s Kyle Korver; Detroit’s Andre Drummond; Denver’s Kenneth Faried; and Utah’s Gordon Hayward.

It’s an experienced, star-filled group — it includes the NBA’s top 10 scorers — and the Americans stressed it will be “fluid,” meaning more players could be added over the next three years.

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