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U.S. basketball roster for Paris Olympics loaded with NBA superstars

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It may not be the 1992 “Dream Team,” but the U.S. roster for this summer’s Olympics is stacked with NBA talent.

According to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the 11-man roster selected from a pool of 41 world-class players will include some of the top players in the world including the Lakers’ LeBron James, Warriors’ Stephen Curry, Suns’ Kevin Durant and 76ers’ Joel Embiid.

USA Basketball has not announced the roster, but it is also expected to include Lakers forward Anthony Davis, Suns guard Devin Booker, Minnesota guard Anthony Edwards, Boston forward Jayson Tatum, Boston guard Jrue Holiday, Miami center Bam Adebayo and Indiana guard Tyrese Haliburton

Team USA managing director Grant Hill is keeping one roster slot open ahead of a July training camp and exhibition games in Las Vegas, according to ESPN.

“We have to zero in when putting together those pieces to a puzzle,” Hill said in January. “What are the complementary pieces? The players who fit, players who really will give us the best opportunity for success…

“Assuming everyone stays healthy, and everyone’s interest level continues as it is, we have a chance to have a very special group, a team that has a lot of star power, but also a team that just has a lot of balance, a lot of versatility and will give us an opportunity of winning a gold medal in Paris.”

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr will lead the team. James is playing in his fourth Olympics, winning a bronze medal in 2004 and gold medals in 2008 and 2012.

Haliburton and Edwards are the only players from the non-medalist 2023 FIBA World Cup team who were selected for the Olympic Games.

The U.S. will play fellow world power Serbia, South Sudan and the winner of an Olympic qualifying tournament in Puerto Rico in the group stage.

Warmup games are scheduled vs. Canada (July 10), South Sudan (July 20) and Germany (July 22).

Hill said he expects to face some of the most complete international squads in history.

“I promise that our opponents will not be taking photos of us before the game,” Hill said. “I think that just sort of speaks to some of the changes globally with basketball and how good and how competitive these teams are now. We’re going to have our work cut out for us, but I think the team that we can assemble wants the challenge. They want to go against the best. They ultimately want to win.”

The 2024 summer games will take place in Paris from July 26 to Aug. 11. Having previously hosted in 1900 and 1924, Paris will join London as the only three-time host of the summer games.

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