The official Twitter feed for Team USA Basketball announced today that 2008 Olympic gold medalists and Miami Heat players Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are three of the 20 finalists for the 12-man team that will compete for the gold medal again this summer in London. Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Eric Gordon, Russell Westbrook, Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Chauncey Billups, Andre Igoudala, Rudy Gay, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, Lamar Odom, LaMarcus Aldridge, Dwight Howard and Tyson Chandler are also finalists.
James and Wade are locks to make the team, but Bosh has acknowledged that he faces a challenge with other talented power forwards like Love, Aldridge and Griffin on the team as well. But Bosh's improved 3-point shot -- which can serve as a valuable tool in international play -- can help him make the team.
Bosh, James and Wade have a combined 127 international game experience, including three Olympic gold medals and two Olympic bronze medals. The 2012 Summer Olympic Games will be held from July 27 thru August 12 in London, England.
Bosh has appeared in 32 international games, including on the USA Basketball Senior National Team that went a perfect 8-0 and captured the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China. During those eight games, Bosh averaged a team-leading 6.1 rebounds while shooting a team-best 77.4 percent from the field. James has appeared in 55 international games, the second-most among the 20 finalists, including capturing the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China and the bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece as he became the youngest professional ever to be named a member of the U.S. Senior National Team. Wade has appeared in 40 international games, earning the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China and the bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Despite ranking sixth in minutes, he led the 2008 team to gold while leading the squad in points, scoring average, free throws made and free throws attempted.