^AP-Basketball: Team U-S-A Roster
UNDATED (AP) _ N-B-A scoring champion Kobe Bryant of the Los
Angeles Lakers headlines the list of 17 players expected to report
for the U-S national team minicamp this weekend in Las Vegas.
The three-day camp will be used to select the finalists for next
month's FIBA (FEE'-buh) Americas tournament. It's a regional
qualifier for the 2008 Olympics. The roster must be trimmed to 12
players before the tournament starts on August 22nd.
Bryant had knee surgery last summer and was unable to play in
the world championships, where the Americans finished third. LeBron
James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh, Shane Battier
(BAT'-ee-ay) and Kirk Hinrich (HYN'-rihk) are the only players from
that team scheduled to take part this weekend.
They will be joined by Chauncey Billups, Amare Stoudemire
(uh-MAHR'-ay STOW'-duh-my-ur) and Michael Redd. All three were
members of the program last summer, but, like Bryant, were unable
to participate. Kevin Durant, Jason Kidd, Mike Miller, Tyson
Chandler, Tayshaun Prince, J.J. Redick and Deron Williams will also
be on hand this weekend.
Dwyane (dwayn) Wade and Greg Oden are among the players who
can't play because of injuries or illness.
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