July 6, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Team USA guard Deron Williams during practice at the UNLV Mendenhall Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
USA Basketball officially announced its 2012 Men's Olympic Team on Saturday. And as expected, the Nets' Deron Williams is among the 12 names and one of five players on the roster who won gold in 2008 in Beijing.
The other four are Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Chris Paul. Joining them are five players from the 2010 World Championship team (Tyson Chandler, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook) and two newcomers (Blake Griffin and James Harden).
"He can play both [guard] positions," head coach Mike Krzyzewski said of Williams, who will wear his No. 8 for the U.S. "Deron can put amazing pressure on the ball. He's big, strong, and he just fits the international game to a T. But in addition to that, he can really score the ball and lead."
USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said that he thinks this team is both "deeper" and "better" than the team that won gold in 2008. The team will play its first exhibition on Thursday against the Dominican Republic.
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