Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) drives in for a shot as Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard comes in from behind for the block during the first half in Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals in Orlando, Fla. on Tuesday. Boston won. 95-92.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - The U.S. national basketball team
finalized its roster for the world championships when Celtics star
Rajon Rondo asked to withdraw from consideration.
Rondo had started the Americans first two exhibition games, then
surprisingly didn't play at all Sunday when the U.S. edged Spain.
The final 12-man roster set Tuesday includes: Kevin Durant,
Derrick Rose, Rudy Gay, Lamar Odom, Chauncey Billups, Danny
Granger, Russell Westbrook, Eric Gordon, Stephen Curry, Kevin Love,
Tyson Chandler and Andre Iguodala.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski's team has one more tuneup against Greece
on Wednesday. The world championships start Saturday in Turkey and
run through Sept. 12.
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