Frankly, not sure what Jerry Colaneglo, Director of U.S.A Men's Basketball, is thinking leaving Iverson off the team. The official list of invitees was named today (22 invitees -- 13 will make the team)and Iverson is not one of them.
What has the man ever done to make people dislike him so much? (on the basketball court). The label that Iverson is a me-first player is just silly and anyone who has actually watched games in the last four years knows this.
No one plays with his type of intensity and fire night in and night out. Iverson is number two in the league in scoring, in the top 10 in assists and in the top 10 in steals.
In the olympics in Athens (which the USA lost because Larry Brown would rather have Marbury and Jefferson on the court then Wade and James)Iverson was by far the leader and played each one of those games with the pride and honor in his country that his detractors say he doesn't possess. It's a weird situation and frankly Coach K, Jerry Colaneglo and the US team will miss having his leadership (yes I said it) on the team.
Bryant, James, Wade among those on U.S. roster
NBA players on Team USA's training camp roster (13 will make the roster -- my choices are in bold and italics)
Chauncey Billups PG
Chris Bosh PF/C
Elton Brand PF
Kobe Bryant SG
Dwight Howard PF/C
LeBron James SF
Antawn Jamison SF
Shawn Marion SF/PF
Brad Miller PF/C
Chris Paul PG
Michael Redd SG
Amare Stoudemire PF/C
Dwyane Wade PG/SG
Starting Five = Chauncey Billups, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Shawn Marion, Dwight Howard