ESPN: From the Stein Line e-mailbag:
Jack (Dallas): Have to call you out on something. I know all about your undying loyalty to Cal State Fullerton, but Bruce Bowen was born in 1971. The Olympics will be in 2008. I don't think I want a 37-year-old Bowen on Team USA.
Stein: You got me, Jack. Maybe I did get a little carried away with this nomination. Then again, maybe not if Team USA chief Jerry Colangelo is considering Bowen as it now appears. Either way, I think you understand the point. We keep hearing that Team USA will be looking for role players this time, yet we're mostly still hearing only star names thrown out as possibilities. Bowen is a championship-tested role player whose defensive prowess and ability to make 3s adds up to an interesting package. I'd also say that Bowen, at 34, looks as spry as he ever has at a time when he theoretically should be slowing down already, because he looks after himself so religiously.
No KG, but Colangelo wants to hear it straight from the horse's mouth.
St. Paul Pioneer Press: Jerry Colangelo would like Kevin Garnett to reconsider.
Colangelo said Thursday he is aware Garnett has said he is not interested in playing for another gold medal.
But Colangelo wants to hear it directly from Garnett, and the Phoenix Suns chairman said he plans to make an appointment to meet with Garnett when the Timberwolves play in Phoenix on Feb. 6.
Garnett was "right at the top of the list of four or five players" who Colangelo and Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski were hoping would participate at the Beijing Olympics.
"He's certainly a guy that we, Coach K and myself, have a great deal of interest in," Colangelo said. "All we can do is hope that there's mutual interest. It's available to him if he chooses."
Wally being considered?
St. Paul Pioneer Press: Colangelo also plans to talk with Wolves forward Wally Szczerbiak, who has said he would love to play.
No T-Mac or Duncan
St. Paul Pioneer Press: Garnett is among a group of high-profile NBA stars who have said they are not interested, along with the Houston Rockets' Tracy McGrady and the San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan.
Bron willing to play, if he likes JC's plan
Akron Beacon Journal: James is expected to meet with Phoenix Suns chairman and USA Basketball director Jerry Colangelo today in Phoenix to discuss the 2008 Olympic team. Colangelo has been meeting with players as they pass through Phoenix, looking for a commitment to this summer's World Championships in Tokyo, next summer's Olympic Qualifier, and the 2008 Games in China. James has said he'd been willing, if he liked Colangelo's plan. Colangelo is expected to release an initial list of player commitments next month.
B. Diddy wants to play, it's a "dream" of his.
Contra Costa Times: Jerry Colangelo met with Warriors point guard Baron Davis before Thursday's game.
Davis said his representatives contacted Colangelo to make sure it was known he was interested.
"It's always been a dream of mine," Davis said before Thursday's game. "I want to go."
Davis said he is eager to represent his country and redeem himself from his last international showing. Davis said he'd rather be selected to the U.S. national team than to the All-Star Game.
He said he has no problem making the three-year commitment Colangelo is requiring -- never mind his busy offseason schedule, which includes running his movie production company and Magic Johnson's celebrity game, which was bequeathed to Davis.
"I don't have a life," Davis said. "Basketball is my life."
Brad Miller wants to play to suit up, as well.
Contra Costa Times: Sacramento Kings center Brad Miller also reportedly has contacted Colangelo expressing interest.
Two Sonics and 4 Pistons are candidates
Contra Costa Times: Colangelo reportedly has said Seattle's Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis and four Detroit Pistons -- guards Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton, center Ben Wallace and forward Tayshaun Prince -- were candidates.
Kidd has yet to make up his mind
Contra Costa Times: Colangelo spoke with New Jersey's Jason Kidd, who has yet to commit either way.
The young Mavs forward would like to throw his name in the ring.
ESPN Insider (Chris Sheridan chat transcript): Josh Howard would like to be in the mix, and he's asked his new agent to place a call to Colangelo to see if he can get in the mix