LeBron joins US Olympic hoops lineup


NEW YORK, May 14 (AFP) - LeBron James, the NationalBasketball Association Rookie of the Year, was amongfive NBA players named here Friday to the United Statesroster for the Athens Olympics.
Joining the 19-year-old Cleveland Cavaliers guard onthe US lineup were New Jersey forward Richard Jefferson,Phoenix forwards Amare Stoudamire and Shawn Marion andNew York guard Stephon Marbury.
With Seattle guard Ray Allen withdrawing because hiswife is due to give birth in September and Los AngelesLakers guard Kobe Bryant pulling out earlier, theadditions complete a 12-man US roster for Athens.
But the final lineup might change before the Americanteam defends gold at Athens. Guards Jason Kidd, MikeBibby and Tracy McGrady and forwards Jermaine O’Neal andKarl Malone have hinted they might withdraw as well.
San Antonio’s Tim Duncan and Philadelphia guard AllenIverson are also set to represent the US team.