Injuries to Dwight Howard and LaMarcus Aldridge left USA Basketball officials scrambling to find size to put on the roster in order to match up with the sizable Spanish front line among other countries.
So it stood to reason that Kentucky center Anthony Davis – an athletic 6-foot-10 player with a wingspan of someone 7-feet-5 – could be a viable option. The projected No. 1 pick in this month’s NBA Draft received an invitation to try out for the USA squad.
But Jerry Colangelo, the head of USA Basketball, sounds like Davis’ chances of actually making the team are limited.
Colangelo told the Lexington Herald-Leader: Davis is “long shot” to make the United States’ Olympic team this summer. Why? “Because of inexperience and etc., etc,” he said.
Colangelo went on to compare Davis to Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, who was invited to Team USA’s training camp after his first year at Texas, a team Durant did not make. Team USA will make its final decisions on June 18.
Maybe Davis will find solace in what Durant has become as an NBA superstar.