The story is that rather than rustling up an All-Star team every other summer, Team USA now wants to have more or less the same squad year in and year out. So it's a massive time commitment from players, and some of the big names (Shaquille O'Neal, for instance) simply won't be available.
Jerry Colangelo is charged with screening the players who will attempt to restore dignity to Team USA at the 2006 World Championships in Japan and the 2008 Olympics in China.
Chris Sheridan reports Colangelo has interviewed Gilbert Arenas, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, Richard Hamilton, and Tayshaun Prince, among others. Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant, Amare Stoudemire, Kevin Garnett, and Tim Duncan are also said to be in his sights.
Bosh, Hamilton, and Prince, all seem like inspired choices: any team-oriented team will need some players who can be productive without much time of possession. These guys can all do that. The flaw of past teams is having a full roster of players who are used to having 10 seconds to set up their own shots.