FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2015, file photo, Russell Westbrook looks to pass the ball during the U.S. men's basketball team's minicamp in Las Vegas. ((AP Photo/David Becker, File)
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook and Houston Rockets guard James Harden confirmed Friday they have joined the growing list of NBA stars who are backing out on playing for the U.S. team at the Rio Olympics.Harden, who ranked sixth in the NBA this season with 7.5 assists a game and 16th in steals with 1.7 a game, played for the 2012 London Olympic championship squad and captained the 2014 Basketball World Cup championship team that clinched the Americans a berth in Brazil in August.Westbrook also had 10.4 assists, 7.8 rebounds and 2.04 steals a game for the Thunder, who lost the Western Conference final to Golden State in seven games.The pullouts mean the U.S. Olympic squad for Rio has lost an all-star squad of talent, including the NBA's top two scorers, four of the top six in assists in Westbrook, Paul, Wall and Harden and three of the top five in steals in Curry, Paul and Westbrook.
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