Deron Williams optimistic about U.S. Olympic team’s chances

The U.S. men’s basketball team has shown plenty of talent and not enough hunger in the past. In the 2012 Olympics, Team USA might have the same work ethic that earned it a gold medal four years ago but without the same strong supporting cast that made up the Redeem Team.

Count Derrick Rose out of the Olympics because of a knee injury. List Dwight Howard as doubtful considering he just had back surgery. Forget about LaMarcus Aldridge, who recently had hip surgery. And if the Clippers weren’t reminded enough already this year, Chauncey Billups won’t be available either because of a torn Achilles’ tendon.

But Nets guard Deron Williams, who’ll likely land a roster spot, hardly seemed concerned.

“I think its going to be a talented team regardless,” Williams said Wednesday at the E3 Expo, where he was promoting the video game NBA Baller Beats, which features him on the cover and will be released in September. “I think it could be a more talented team than the last go-around.”

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