Zillgitt: U.S. still the team to beat in Rio

USA Basketball’s Jerry Colangelo wanted to focus on who will play for the U.S. men’s team at the Rio Olympics rather than those players who will not.

Fair enough. Colangelo has earned that. It speaks volumes that Colangelo put together a team devoid of NBA stars LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard and Chris Paul and still has a team favored to win a third consecutive gold medal.

The 2016 U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team is: Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Paul George, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes, Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeAndre Jordan and DeMarcus Cousins.

“First of all, you have 12 dedicated guys who have committed to be part of this and represent their country and that in itself is a big statement,” Colangelo told USA TODAY Sports. “Some just came off a championship series. We’re appreciative of that commitment.

“No. 2, this is a very strong team. There’s been a lot said about those who are not participating, and it should…

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