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U.S. decides bigger is better with roster

  // Saturday, 23 August 2014 23:34 //

NEW YORK — A desire for a bigger look made Andre Drummond necessary. The belief in Derrick Rose’s health made Damian Lillard expendable.

Those were conclusions made by U.S. team officials when they selected the 12 players who would travel to Spain for the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

After years of ignoring size concerns by fielding teams with the best wing players in the world, the Americans decided this time around that bigger was better.

That meant keeping all the big men left on their roster, with Drummond joining New Orleans All-Star Anthony Davis, Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins, Brooklyn’s Mason Plumlee and Denver’s Kenneth Faried.

“Just based on how we’re constructed, we thought the insurance of having another big — I don’t want people telling us later, ‘you should’ve, you could’ve,’” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told The Associated Press in a phone interview.

“We didn’t have to do that. We don’t need to face that, because we’ve got some legitimate bigs that we think collectively can be very effective.

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