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James Harden Named Finalist For U.S. Men's Olympic Basketball Team

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The news is looking sunnier every day for Oklahoma City Thunder forward James Harden after suffering a concussion from the elbow of Metta World Peace several days ago that knocked him to the floor and out for the next several games. The Thunder are not only on the verge of knocking the defending champion Dallas Mavericks out of the NBA Playoffs, but he was also named a finalist for the U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball team.

“Being named as a finalist for the USA Basketball National Team is an unbelievable feeling and an opportunity that is truly humbling. It is an honor to be included with such talented players and I look forward to the chance to represent my country this summer,” Harden said in a statement.

Some of the previously named stars are not going to be able to play. Dwight Howard is the most notable name, but others like Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge are also not healthy enough. Thus the inclusion of Harden and University of Kentucky forward Anthony Davis.

The team begins training in July.