Australia names Olympic basketball squads

San Antonio Spurs point guard Patty Mills will lead the

Australian men’s basketball team at the Olympics in the absence of

the injured Andrew Bogut, while Lauren Jackson and the women’s team

will be hunting for an elusive gold at London.

The Australian Olympic Committee said the men’s team announced

Friday brings together one of its strongest Olympic


The notable omission is Golden State Warriors center Bogut, who

is recovering from an ankle injury that will keep him off the court

at least until mid-August.

Australia’s women are led by four-time WNBA Most Valuable Player

Jackson, but will be without star guard and three-time WNBA

All-Star Penny Taylor, who is sidelined with a left knee


The Aussie women have lost in the final to the United States at

the past three Olympics.