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Team USA unveils men's basketball roster

The United States has announced its selection of the 12-player roster, led by Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, that will try to win the Americans' third straight men's basketball gold medal at the Olympics.

Durant and Anthony are the only players with Olympic experience after a number of stars, including LeBron James, decided to not go to Rio.

Also chosen Monday for the team were Golden State's Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes; Toronto's Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan; Cleveland's Kyrie Irving; Indiana's Paul George; Chicago's Jimmy Butler; Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins; and the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan.

"I think I can speak for the entire coaching staff and say we're extremely excited about the team we will field for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro," USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said in a statement. "I love our depth, which is another indication of the depth of talent our national team program is blessed with. We've got a great mix of talent, scorers, past gold medal winners and outstanding youth."

Anthony, a two-time gold-medal winner and three-time medalist, becomes the first men's basketball player selected to four Olympic teams.

Durant was among the players to tweet Monday about being selected.

Irving was the MVP of the 2014 Basketball World Cup on a U.S. team that included Thompson, Cousins and DeRozan and easily won gold.

The Americans should roll into Rio as the favorite. However, they won't look as imposing as expected after the withdrawals of Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul and James Harden.

Colangelo said having a national team pool, which he began in 2005, always has the Americans ready for player losses. There were 31 players in this year's group, and he had to go deep into it -- and eventually beyond it -- to find 12 as the usual factors that can knock players out were joined by the Zika virus and other concerns in Brazil.

"Prior to this year, in the past we dealt with things like free agency, injuries, personal issues that might prevent someone from moving forward. This year it was exacerbated by circumstances beyond anyone's control, and that was the reality, the speculation and the circumstance in Rio," Colangelo said. "So somewhat more challenging, but at the end of the day, and this is important: This is not about who isn't here; this is about who is here."

Mike Krzyzewski will coach the Americans for the third and final time, tying Henry Iba's team record. Krzyzewski will be assisted by Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau and former Oklahoma City assistant Monty Williams.

"I'm anxious to get on the court, and along with my great coaching staff, get to work," Krzyzewski said in a statement.

Team USA will train July 18-21 in Las Vegas and has five exhibition games scheduled ahead of the Olympics in August.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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