Despite a report that Anthony Davis severely sprained his ankle last week, an injury that was expected to keep him out of the Olympics, the No. 1 NBA draft pick reportedly still plans to participate at Team USA's training camp in hopes of securing one of the final 12 spots for the team that heads to London.
According to a report by Yahoo! Sports, Davis' ankle injury isn't as serious as once thought, though he is still expected to miss seven to 10 days. He'll report to USA Basketball's training camp in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
The final roster is set to be announced as part of a selection show on NBA TV on Saturday, meaning that the 15 finalists have just a couple of days to prove their worth. However, nine players reportedly are already assured of making the cut: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love and Tyson Chandler.
The remaining six players duking it out for the final three spots: Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala, Rudy Gay, James Harden, Eric Gordon and Davis.
Even though Davis is not expected to participate in any practices before Saturday's selection show, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski reportedly will remain patient with Davis. And after Lamar Odom dropped out of contention earlier this week, in addition to the rash of injuries to Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh and LaMarcus Aldridge, Team USA might have no other choice, given how thin it is in front court depth.