Timberwolves forward Kevin Love on Friday began the U.S. Olympic team's two-day training camp in Las Vegas, his final step toward being named to play in London later this month.
Fifteen players reported to the Vegas camp. The Americans' final 12-man roster will be announced on NBA TV at 6 p.m. Saturday.
You can bet Love -- a 6-9 power forward whose passing and three-point shooting fit the international game almost perfectly -- will be one of those 12 players named.
If he hadn't been a lock before, he is now that big men Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh and LaMarcus Aldridge are out injured and Lamar Odom withdrew his week.
Love; Miami's LeBron James; the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant; New York's Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler; Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook; the Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul; and Brooklyn's Deron Williams all seem certain to make the team.
|Philadelphia - LP: K. Kendrick||2||FINAL|
|Washington - WP: J. Zimmermann||5|
|Baltimore - WP: C. Tillman||10||FINAL|
|Toronto - LP: S. Nolin||6|
|Minnesota - LP: S. Deduno||0||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: A. Sanchez||6|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: S. Feldman||4||FINAL|
|Cincinnati - WP: B. Arroyo||7|
|Cleveland - LP: J. Masterson||1||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: J. Lackey||8|
|NY Yankees - WP: D. Phelps||9||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - LP: R. Hernandez||4|
|Pittsburgh - LP: A. Burnett||1||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - WP: M. Estrada||2|
|Miami - LP: R. Webb||3||FINAL|
|Chicago WSox - WP: N. Jones||4|
|LA Angels - WP: J. Vargas||5||FINAL|
|Kansas City - LP: L. Hochevar||2|
|Oakland - WP: P. Neshek||6||FINAL|
|Houston - LP: J. Veras||5|
|San Diego - LP: E. Stults||2||FINAL|
|Arizona - WP: B. McCarthy||5|
|St. Louis - WP: L. Lynn||7||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - LP: C. Capuano||0|
|Texas - WP: J. Grimm||9||FINAL|
|Seattle - LP: J. Saunders||5|
|Colorado - WP: T. Chatwood||5||FINAL|
|San Francisco - LP: T. Lincecum||0|