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Team USA Minicamp: What You Need To Know

While much of the world celebrates the birth of the royal baby, 28 of basketball’s brightest young stars are in Las Vegas this week for Team USA’s summer minicamp. USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo and head coach Mike Krysewskisiskizi invited several up-and-comers from the states to compete for early consideration for the U.S. National Team that will participate at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain next summer and in Rio at the 2016 Summer Olympic games.

The camp, though very early in the selection process, serves as an opportunity for the NBA’s youth to make their case for future international competition in front of Colangelo and Krysewksizksi. This week’s list will be trimmed down before next summer as they vie for one of the few opening spots on a roster that will likely include superstars such as LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony.

 

CAMP FORMAT

The four-day event got underway earlier today and will continue through Wednesday with daily practices and training sessions before wrapping up Thursday night with an instrasquad scrimmage at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.

 

PARTICIPANTS

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Ryan Anderson, Pelicans

Harrison Barnes, Warriors

Bradley Beal, Wizards

Mike Conley, Grizzlies

DeMarcus Cousins, Kings

Anthony Davis, Pelicans

DeMar DeRozan, Raptors

Ander Drummond, Pistons

Kenneth Faried, Nuggets

Derrick Favors, Jazz

Paul George, Pacers

Gordon Hayward, Jazz

Jrue Holiday, Pelicans

 

Doug McDermott, Creighton

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Kyrie Irving, Cavaliers

DeAndre Jordan, Clippers

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Bobcats

Ty Lawson, Nuggets

Damian Lillard, Blazers

Greg Monroe, Pistons

Chandler Parsons, Rockets

Larry Sanders, Bucks

Klay Thompson, Warriors

Dion Waiters, Cavaliers

Kemba Walker, Bobcats

John Wall, Wizards

Tyler Zeller, Cavaliers

 

Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

 

A WORD FROM HEAD COACH MIKE KRYSEKSWSIKI

 

FUN FACTS

— Anthony Davis is the only member of the 2012 Olympic gold medal team to attend this summer’s minicamp

— 10 players were in Las Vegas last summer for the pre-Olympics camp

— No one from the 2013 NBA Draft class received an invite

— Doug McDermott and Marcus Smart are the only two participants with no NBA experience

— Mike Conley is the oldest camper at 25; Marcus Smart is the youngest at 19.

— The addition of Tyler Zeller may or may not be a joke, awaiting confirmation or punchline from Colangelo

 

HOW TO WATCH

If you’d like to catch a glimpse of the action, NBA TV has you covered. The network will broadcast a behind-the-scenes series called “Real Training Camp: 2013 USA Basketball.” The first episode will air Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.

You can watch Thursday night’s intrasquad scrimmage live and in its entirety on NBA TV beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET.

 

God bless American basketball.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

13 Comments for Team USA Minicamp: What You Need To Know



  1. Hmmmm
    8:07 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t really find the inclusion of Tyler Zeller to be that odd or funny considering he a had a much more productive and well received rookie campaign than did MKG. Considering the Cavs passed on all the centers in this class, including Nerlens, and stuck with Zeller says something about how they feel about him when compared to the Bobcats who were shopping MKG around the draft.

    BBN needs to quit having such a vendetta against the Zeller family just because Cody was taken before Nerlens. It’s supposed to be about what they do while wearing blue and white inside of Rupp Arena, quit putting such an emphasis on what order their names are called in on a random day in June.



  2. come on
    8:10 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Team USA powered by all Kentucky players!

    It is the future, embrace it.



  3. UK
    8:24 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    AD is the tallest player there BY FAR!



  4. come on
    8:25 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    1#
    Reading or understanding post on this site, that you spend a lot of time on, covering facts that don’t fit your agenda appears to be beyond your ability. In a previous post, the Hornets realize what they have in MKG and have made personnel changes to better utilize his talents as last season they could not.



  5. Tim in Korea
    8:26 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Zeller is there to impersonate a European bench player.



  6. Linda Taylor
    8:37 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I always love to see how Drew is going to spell Krzyzewski’s name. It’s never the correct and never the same twice. He just let’s his fingers fly.



  7. Belly
    8:45 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Damn that’s a deep group of point guards. Wall will have a hard time making the team.

    Conley, Holiday, Irving, Lawson, Lillard, Walker and Wall. That’s 7 of 28 total players @PG.



  8. Thrashitup
    9:46 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    7 – and Steph Curry didn’t even get an invite!



  9. Ben
    1:14 am July 23, 2013 Permalink

    Final Roster
    PG Kyrie Irving, John Wall, Jrue Holiday
    SG Klay Thompson, Bradley Beal, Dion Waiters
    SF Paul George, Chandler Parsons, Harrison Barnes
    PF Anthony Davis, Kenneth Faried, Derrick Favors
    C DeMarcus Cousins, Greg Monroe, DeAndre Jordan



  10. Hey Drew
    7:45 am July 23, 2013 Permalink

    Have fun watching Kyrie Irving start at PG and Krzyzewski coach us to another gold!



  11. Tony
    9:23 am July 23, 2013 Permalink

    The consensus is Jordan is a terrible owner. Anything you have to say about the players on that team are irrelevant. The Zeller boys went to UNC and IU. That is why we like to have a laugh at their expense.

    consensus = players, owners, sports analysts, and the talking heads at ESPN.



  12. Bret
    10:10 am July 23, 2013 Permalink

    @#3 Are you serious? Do you not see Cousins sitting in the front row, who is 6’10”. Pretty obvious they didn’t line them up with the tallest players in the back.

    @#9 You have way too many people on your final roster. These players are trying out to join the previous Team USA and fill any open spots from members who are replaced or don’t return. I don’t see Lebron, Durant, Rose, Westbrook, Griffin, Paul, or any of the other veteran NBA stars on your final roster. It is highly unlikely Coach K denies all of the veterans a chance to play and only selects the young up and comers. I say out of 28, only 4-6 make the team and 3-4 are alternates in case of an injury.



  13. John from London
    1:04 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    I’d say Kyrie, Paul George, and Boogie have the best chance of making Team USA squad.