USA names initial basketball World Cup squad

Last updated 07:30 24/01/2014

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LeBron James and 10 others from the 2012 US Olympic basketball team are remaining in the national team pool, joined by a group of newcomers hoping for their first chance at gold.

USA Basketball selected 28 players today to choose from for the World Cup of Basketball this year in Spain and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Carmelo Anthony was also chosen, giving him and James a chance to play in a fourth Olympics and win a third gold medal.

Also selected from the 2012 gold medalists were Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Kevin Love, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams, Anthony Davis, Tyson Chandler and Andre Iguodala.

Only Kobe Bryant, who has said he is finished with international competition, wasn't selected.

The other players picked were: Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin, Stephen Curry, LaMarcus Aldridge, Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, David Lee, Bradley Beal, Kyle Korver, Damian Lillard, Andre Drummond, Kenneth Faried, Klay Thompson and Gordon Hayward.

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