This years team will be led by NBA regular season MVP, Kobe Bryant. While this Olympic team was assembled without a designated captain to promote a team concept, most see Bryant as the leader of the squad, but LeBron James may be the team’s go-to offensive player. Among the many superstars who make up this 12 man roster, most notably absent from this years roster are prominent former Olympic team members and NBA standout players, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett. Allen Iverson, despite being the captain for the 2004 Olympic team, was not invited to train with the 08′ team. Duke University coach Mike Krzyzewski has been selected as the head coach.
Many NBA standouts such as Manu Ginobili (Argentina), Pau Gasol (Spain), and Yao Ming (China) will defect to represent thier native countries teams in the Olympics. Team USA hopes to improve upon its 2004 showing of a bronze medal winning 3rd place finish, behind Italy (Silver), and Argentina (Gold).