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All the ‘08 Olympians committed to be part of the national team pool for 2010-12. Team officials thought at least a few of them would be in Turkey, but once some began pulling out, Colangelo told them all could stay home without jeopardizing their status for London.

In the meantime, Durant solidified himself as a force in the international game _ could LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony find himself as Durant’s backup if they return? _ and a number of other players made cases for invites.

“They earned equity,” Krzyzewski said, echoing a favorite Colangelo phrase. “We now have a deeper pool.”

Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook impressed team officials with their athleticism and could join holdovers Chris Paul and Deron Williams in the mix at point guard.

Lamar Odom played out of position as a center, leaving the arena Sunday with a bandage on his face after taking a hit under the basket, and he and Chauncey Billups were trusted veterans on a team loaded with youngsters. Andre Iguodala locked down the opposing team’s top scorer.

All will surely want to come back. Odom, who played in 2004 and has said he wants another shot so his kids can see him compete in the Olympics, likely spoke for all the world champs when he said Sunday that “hopefully we can go to the Olympics and experience the same thing.”

But even if the Americans brought back only those half-dozen players, that’s still too many if James, Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh, Paul and Williams all sought to return. Anthony and Paul reiterated their commitment while watching a U.S. scrimmage in New York last month.

“That’s a good problem, is to choose amongst a lot of really good players,” Krzyzewski said.

And a new great one. Already an NBA scoring champion, Durant’s status rose after leading the U.S. to a much bigger title.

“I’ve said, without asking me who the other guys are, he’s one of the top five players in the NBA,” Colangelo said. “And he’s 21 years of age. And he’s the whole package. So just think of what lies ahead for Kevin Durant, because he’s got this, he’s got great talent, and he’s just an amazing guy.”