NEW YORK (AP) - LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant joined six others from the reigning Olympic champions who are among 27 players on the U.S. national team roster.
The players chosen Wednesday will be candidates for this summer's world championships and the 2012 Olympics in London.
Also returning from the team that ended the Americans' eight-year gold medal drought in major competitions are: Chris Bosh, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer.
The remainder of the roster includes young stars like Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose. Returning to the national team are Chauncey Billups and Amare Stoudemire, who played on the U.S. team in the 2007 Olympic qualifier.