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Six Current and Past New Orleans Hornets in 2012 Summer Olympics: Fan's Perspective

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When Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon didn't make the Team USA Men's Basketball final roster for the 2012 Summer Olympics, New Orleans Hornets' fans missed out on a chance to see two of their own in London. However, the Hornets will have six current and former players in the 2012 Summer Olympics. Take a closer look at the Hornets that will be in London.

F Al-Farouq Aminu: Nigeria

When Nigeria defeated John Calipari's Dominican Republic Men's Basketball team Sunday night, Al-Farouq Aminu earned a trip to the 2012 Summer Olympics. The New Orleans Hornets' forward scored 14 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked five shots in Nigeria's win. The irony here is that Aminu was almost an afterthought in the Chris Paul trade, but now he will be going to the 2012 Summer Olympics and Eric Gordon won't be.

F Pops Mensah-Bonsu: Great Britain

The Hornets had a quite an international flavor in 2012, but Aminu is the only current New Orleans player going to the 2012 Summer Olympics. Great Britain is hardly known as an international powerhouse in Men's Basketball but Pops Mensah-Bonsu will play in the 2012 Summer Olympics since his country is the host nation. Mensah-Bonsu played sparingly for the New Orleans Hornets in 2010-11 scoring two points in seven games.

G Alex Garcia: Brazil

Alex Garcia is another 2012 Summer Olympics participant who played briefly with the Hornets. In 2004-05, the Hornets had their worst season in New Orleans, going 18-64. Garcia appeared in eight games that year for New Orleans and averaged 5.5 points per game. In international play, Alex Garcia has been a mainstay on the Brazilian Men's Basketball team for over 10 years.

C David Andersen: Australia

Another bench player on the surprisingly strong 2010-11 New Orleans Hornets team was David Andersen. The center from Australia played in 29 games for New Orleans and averaged 2.7 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. Andersen is a veteran of the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics, so his experience should help Australia in 2012. In the 2010 FIBA World Championships, Andersen averaged 10.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.

G Chris Paul and C Tyson Chandler: USA

Of course, the two most famous former New Orleans Hornets who will be in the 2012 Summer Olympics are Chris Paul and Tyson Chandler. As a Hornets' fan, it will be fun to see the "Crescent City Connection" together again!

Patrick Michael was born in New Orleans and currently resides in the Big Easy. A loyal New Orleans NBA fan, Patrick was a diehard New Orleans Jazz fan and now cheers for the Hornets. Patrick was in attendance the night the Hornets were one win away from the Western Conference Finals. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.


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