An 18-man roster consideration forthe U.S. men's basketball team for the2012Summer Gameswill be decided byJan. 18,but there's a twist. According to an ESPN report the new team will combine rosters from the 2008 Olympic team and the 2010 FIBA Wolrd Championships team that won gold.What does this mean? Chicago Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer will be ruled out of consideration and Los Angles Clippers forward Blake Griffin will be the only fresh face on the squad. Those up for consideration will include Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Angthony. The report also said that those ruled out will not only include Boozer but Tayshaun Prince, Michael Reed and Jason Kidd. Chairman of USA Basketball's Board of Directors Jerry Colangelo told ESPN, "We have so much talent right now, the pool is extraordinary. We've created a situation where players now desire to be a part of it and so now we have a different set of issues. Now we have more playes than a roster can call for." The final 12-man roster and six alternates will be submitted by June 18. What do you think of the new policy? If you were in charge, who wouldyou want onthe U.S. Olympic team?
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FIVE THINGS TO WATCH
1. The point guard carousel. It's been something to watch all year, and with the Bulls desparately searching for answers it will continue to be one heading into Game 6. Isaiah Canaan actually played well against Isaiah Thomas, and Dwyane Wade looked comfortable initiating the offense. That'll need to continue simply for the Bulls to have a chance, with Rajon Rondo ruled out for the game.
2. What's Jimmy Butler's health status? Jimmy Butler attempted just two free throws in the fourth quarter of Game 5. He only went to the free throw line one time, in the second quarter. This goes without saying, but the Bulls' only chance to win Games 6 and 7 is for Butler to be playing like his old self. With his back against the wall, maybe we'll see that "Jimmy Game" where he wins it by himself.
3. Is Isaiah Thomas heating up? The smallest player on the court is starting to heat up in the series. While his shooting hasn't been great, he was super in Game 3, took over in Game 4 and made plenty of plays in Game 5 that led to a win. It wouldn't be surprising at all to see him continue this, as his eyes seem to light up every trip down the floor with Rondo on the sideline.
4. Who's the next surprise contributor? Bobby Portis, Paul Zipser, Isaiah Canaan and now Anthony Morrow have all made surprising contributions in the series. At this point that's what it's going to take to compete against a deep Celtics team that's healthy and rolling with some momentum. Could it be Cris Felicio playing big? Perhaps Portis gets hot again from deep? Either way, it's got to be someone helping Butler and Wade.
5. The Bulls' backs are against the wall. It's simple. Win or go home. How will the Bulls respond in this type of situation, with Boston holding all the momentum and looking to end this before it goes back to Boston for a do-or-die Game 7. The Bulls don't have a lot of pressure on them from a national standpoint, but you can bet their expectations for themselves are large. How they respond early will say a lot about the job Fred Hoiberg did getting them ready.
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Dwyane Wade's return to Chicago hasn't always gone according to plan this year, but the veteran is listed as a finalist for the first-ever NBA Awards.
Wade is among the three finalists for Best Style alongside Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook and Iman Shumpert of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The inaugural NBA Awards will air June 26 on TNT at 8 p.m. Chicago time.
Besides Best Style, the fan-voted categories include Dunk of the Year, Block of the Year, Assist of the Year, Game Winner of the Year and Top Performance of the Year.
Fans can vote on social media or head to NBA.com/NBAAwards.
Wade has flashed his style on the red carpet over the years alongside actress wife Gabrielle Union: