Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony to lead the 2016 U.S. Olympic men's basketball in Rio as team unveiled in Harlem. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: LeBron James was a glaring absentee from the United States Olympic lineup as USA Basketball unveiled its squad for the Rio Games on Monday (June 27). U.S. media reported last week that James, who led the Cavaliers to victory over the Golden State Warriors in a seven-game NBA Finals series, had asked USA Basketball to remove his name from Olympic consideration. The three-time NBA champion and four-time league Most Valuable Player won gold medals with Team USA at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics but after six consecutive trips to the NBA Finals James decided he needed rest. The U.S. will now be led by former NBA MVP Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving. The 2016 USA Olympic men's basketball team made its debut at a school in Harlem. The U.S. will head to Rio as heavy gold medal favorites as they go in search of a third consecutive Olympic title.