USA basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo has announced the 20 players who are finalists to make the 2012 Olympic team and it has plenty of Los Angeles flavor.
The Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups and Blake Griffin were all selected among the 20 finalists.
Bryant and Paul were shoo-ins after having such major impacts on the 2008 Gold medal winning team. Billups was on the 2010 World Championships team but due to his age and the amount of depth at point guard, it was thought he might not make it.
Griffin is the big news. He wasn't on either of the 2008 or 2010 teams and is the only addition to not be involved with either of the two previous squads. For a 22-year-old, that's a big deal.
All 20 finalists are as follows:
Forwards - Griffin, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Love (Minnesota T'Wolves), LaMarcus Aldridge and Lamar Odom.
Guards - Billups, Paul, Bryant, Eric Gordon, Derrick Rose, Dwayne Wade, Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Deron Williams.
Centers - Dwight Howard and Tyson Chandler.