By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
Tayshaun Prince earned a spot on the USA Basketball team for the
Beijing Games, a person in the NBA told The Associated Press on
The person spoke Thursday on the condition of anonymity because
the roster will be announced Monday during a news conference in
Last year, Prince played for a U.S. team that was led by Kobe
Bryant, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony during an unbeaten run in
an Olympic qualifying tournament.
Earlier this month, USA Basketball managing director Jerry
Colangelo said the squad would be selected without a tryout.
Also Thursday, the Arizona Republic reported that Suns forward
Amare Stoudamire has declined a chance to be on the Olympic squad.
Colangelo told the newspaper that Stoudemire was concerned about
pushing his body too hard after knee surgery in 2005 and 2006.
The 6-foot-9, 215-pound Prince gives the U.S. team a
playoff-tested player who can slow down opponents with his
defensive skills. He can also score occasionally with an array of
runners and spin moves around the lane.
Prince helped the Detroit Pistons advance to the Eastern
Conference finals for the sixth straight year, making them the most
consistent in the playoffs since the Los Angeles Lakers of the
He has played in 114 playoff games to surpass the total of any
player his first six NBA seasons.
Pistons teammate Chauncey Billups pulled himself out of
consideration for a spot on the U.S. team earlier this week. The
All-Star point guard might have had a hard time making the team
anyway because of available guards such as Jason Kidd, Dwyane Wade,
Chris Paul and Deron Williams.
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