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Young NBA stars make up USA select team
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On May 21, 2012 @ 3:00 pm In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
NBA Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving was one of 13 players named Monday to the USA men’s select team that will practice against the national team in preparation for the Summer Olympics.
The team’s co-coaches will be former Toronto Raptors coach Jay Triano and longtime Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins.
Joining Irving, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ standout, on the select team are John Wall of the Washington Wizards, Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks, Taj Gibson of the Chicago Bulls, DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings, Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors of the Utah Jazz, Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors, Kawhi Leonard and DeJuan Blair of the San Antonio Spurs, Ryan Anderson of the Orlando Magic and DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors.
“The USA select team was a vital part of the USA men’s national team’s training in 2007, 2008 and 2010, and again in 2012 we’ll utilize this team of select NBA players to help get our national team ready for the very competitive summer that is ahead of us,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said.
The USA select team will come together July 5 in Las Vegas for a training session and then work out with the national team July 6-11. The camp ends with a July 12 exhibition against the Dominican Republic.
“The group has outstanding speed and versatility, some excellent shooters, and some very good size,” Colangelo said. “It will be great to have them involved in USA Basketball and in the national team pipeline for our next quadrennium, 2013-16.”
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