No Kings On Reported Team USA Preliminary Roster

Chris Sheridan has reported that 19 names grace Team USA Basketball's preliminary roster for consideration on the 2012 Olympic team. Tyreke Evans, the Sacramento Kings' best chance to get a player on Team USA, is not on that list. Neither is DeMarcus Cousins, Jimmer Fredette or anyone else from the club.

Evans played with Team USA before the 2010 FIBA World Championships, but sprained his ankle during camp and did not make the trip to Turkey. (It's unclear whether he'd have made the team if he'd been healthy; even Rajon Rondo was a late scratch.)

Evans and Cousins would be the best bets to receive consideration in the next Olympic cycle, which will begin the following year. You'd expect some of the old-timers like Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade and Chauncey Billups retire from international play to clear the way a bit. Team USA always needs size -- Tyson Chandler and Dwight Howard are the only two true centers on the preliminary roster -- so Cousins could get a look going forward.

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