Chris Bosh is going to Turkey
That's the word from USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo, confident about having the bulk of the 2008 Olympic gold-medal team back for this summer's World Championships in Turkey.
In an interview with FanHouse on Friday night, Colangelo said Toronto star Chris Bosh has committed to play for the team, and Colangelo is feeling very optimistic about the inclusion of Cleveland star LeBron James. Colangelo said USA Basketball on Wednesday will announce between 25 and 28 names in the mix to play in Turkey as well as in the 2012 Olympics in London.
Colangelo recently met with Bosh in Toronto. Colangelo said Bosh, who was undecided when talking with FanHouse last October, has confirmed his participation in Turkey.
"He's in,'' Colangelo said. "I feel very good about it. He's got his free agency situation, but he understands we'll want him at (a July minicamp in Las Vegas) even though he won't have to participate. If you show respect to somebody, respect comes back to you.''
Colangelo is very confident James also will play in Turkey.
"If I were a betting man, I'd say yes,'' Colangelo said.