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U.S. Hoops Hopes Rest on NBA's Dozen

CHICAGO (AP) - The NBA's leading scorer and its Most Valuable Player head the team chosen to represent the United States at this summer's Olympics in Beijing.

LeBron James averaged 30 points to win the scoring title and Kobe Bryant led the Lakers to the NBA Finals while winning the MVP award.

They'll be joined on the team by Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Jason Kidd.

The rest of the team includes Deron Williams, Michael Redd, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh, Carlos Boozer and Tayshaun Prince.

The team was chosen without a tryout.

The Americans failed to win Olympic gold in Athens four years ago, for the first time since NBA players started competing in the Games in 1992. Going 5-and-3 in the tournament in Greece, the USA settled for the Bronze medal.

James and Anthony were part of that team in Athens.

Duke's Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEHF'-skee) is the head coach of the Beijing team.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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