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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?

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
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

On Saturday at 4:00 p.m. PT, the full and final roster for the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team will be announced. The roster announcement special will be televised on TNT. All signs and rumors indicate that the 2012 Olympics in London will be the final summer games that will feature the household NBA names that have been a staple since the original Dream Team in 1992. The NBA reportedly wants to focus their superstars' efforts on a soon-to-be-created World Cup of Basketball, so the marquee stars are unlikely to be available for the next Olympics.

Nevertheless, Southern California stars should be well-represented at lest one more time as they prepare to play for the U.S. beginning in July.

Perennial Los Angeles Lakers and Olympics megastar Kobe Bryant is a virtual lock to make the team, as is Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul. Human highlight reel Blake Griffin is also a likely candidate to be selected.

Although players like Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have withdrawn from consideration for the roster due to injuries, there will be no shortage of talent on a team that is likely to be headlined by postseason rivals LeBron James and Kevin Durant.

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