July 6, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Team USA guard Kobe Bryant speaks to media during practice at the UNLV Mendenhall Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

USA Basketball Roster 2012: Official Roster Announced, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin All Included

The U.S. men's basketball team will announce its roster on Saturday. Which of Southern California's brightest NBA stars will be headed to the 2012 Olympics?

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USA Basketball 2012: Could This Be The Last ‘Dream Team’?

There's a lot of excitement surrounding the recent announcement of the USA men's basketball team that will compete in the London Olympics.

But you may want to take a long, good look at this team. It might be the last time a collection of talent such as this will play in the Olympics as David Stern and the NBA are taking a long look at altering the NBA's participation in the quadrennial affair. The Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan took the time to break it all down.

"I think we got a lot out of the Olympics," Stern said last month. "We helped grow the game. The result has been extraordinary. But I think it's appropriate to step back and take stock of where we're going."

Stern wants to implement a 23-and-under rule for Olympics participation, leaving the team in the hands of fresh-faced NBA players and college kids.

The Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant doesn't think anything should change.

"I hope it continues to go that way, because it's good for the game," Bryant said. "You put your best players on that stage and you want to see the best players go against each other. That's what it's all about."

Bryant took it even further into his own belief that owners should actually prefer Olympic participation over summertime freedom to play anywhere since within the Olympics you're almost in an NBA setting.

"Here you're playing against the best guys, you have treatment around the clock, your [NBA] coaching staff can always come sit in the stands and view practice," Bryant said. "To me, playing on an Olympic basketball team is actually better if you're an owner."

For more on the Lakers, please visit Silver Screen and Roll. And for complete coverage of everything leading up to the summer games, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated 2012 Olympics hub.

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USA Basketball 2012: Official Roster Announced, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul And Blake Griffin Will Represent US

The final Team USA Basketball rosters for the 2012 Summer Olympics have been released, and many of the expected names from Los Angeles basketball teams are on the list. Defending 2008 gold medalists Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers both made the squad. Fellow Clipper Blake Griffin made the team and will make his Team USA debut in London.

Joining them from around the league are Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Andre Iguodala, LeBron James, Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams. Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon and Rudy Gay were in contention but did not make the team.

For more on the Lakers, please visit Silver Screen and Roll. For more on the Clippers, head on over to Clips Nation. And for complete coverage of everything leading up to the summer games, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated 2012 Olympics hub.

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USA Basketball 2012: Roster Announcement Televised On Saturday

On Saturday, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo and men's national team head coach Mike Krzyzewski will officially announce the roster for the team of superstars that will be heading to London in late July to represent the United States in the 2012 Olympics.

The concept of the "Dream Team" began in 1992 with the first men's Olympic team comprised mainly of NBA stars. The 2012 team will likely be the last such assembly of NBA superstars, as the league seems more interested in forming a profitable World Cup of Basketball going forward.

Regardless, this year's team should be populated with Southern California talent, with Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin being the most likely to be selected from the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers.

The announcement of the roster will be televised on TNT on Saturday and will begin at 4:00 p.m. PT.

For more on the Lakers, please visit Silver Screen and Roll. For more on the Clippers, head on over to Clips Nation. And for complete coverage of everything leading up to the summer games, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated 2012 Olympics hub.

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USA Basketball Roster 2012: Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin Likely To Make Team

The U.S. men's basketball team will announce its roster on Saturday. Which of Southern California's brightest NBA stars will be headed to the 2012 Olympics?

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