Lakers' Lamar Odom, Clippers' Eric Gordon make cut as finalists for USA Basketball world championship team
Thought to be in danger of being cut as the squad was trimmed down to 15 on Wednesday, Gordon remains on the squad that will reconvene Aug. 9 in New York. The roster must be reduced to 12 players by the time the world championships begin Aug. 28 in Turkey.
Lakers forward Lamar Odom is also one of the 15 finalists. So are former UCLA standouts forward Kevin Love (now with the Minnesota Timberwolves) and Russell Westbrook (now with the Oklahoma City Thunder). Former USC standout and current Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo did not make Wednesday's cut.
Also trimmed from the lineup Wednesday were NBA Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans and Charlotte forward Gerald Wallace.
The 2010 USA Basketball men's world championship team finalists:
Chauncey Billups (guard, Denver Nuggets)
Tyson Chandler (center, Dallas Mavericks)
Stephen Curry (guard, Golden State Warriors)
Kevin Durant (guard, Oklahoma City Thunder)
Rudy Gay (forward, Memphis Grizzlies)
Eric Gordon (guard, Clippers)
Danny Granger (forward, Indiana Pacers)
Jeff Green (forward, Oklahoma City Thunder)
Andre Iguodala (guard / forward, Philadelphia 76ers)
Brook Lopez (center, New Jersey Nets)
Kevin Love (forward, Minnesota Timberwolves)
Lamar Odom (forward, Lakers)
Rajon Rondo (guard, Boston Celtics)
Derrick Rose (guard, Chicago Bulls)
Russell Westbrook (guard, Oklahoma City Thunder)
Photo: Lamar Odom of the Lakers and Eric Gordon of the Clippers in October 2009. Credit: Andrew Gombert / EPA