& # 39; We have an excellent cross section of experienced USA Basketball and NBA players & # 39 ;, says Gregg Popovich, coach of Team USA
LOS ANGELES, USA – NBA score champion James Harden and star center Anthony Davis were among the 20 players named Monday 10 June (Tuesday 11 June, Philippine time) by USA Basketball to the national team camp for the Basketball World Cup this year.
The dual title defender Americans are looking for a third consecutive crown and a berth in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in the global showdown on August 31 – September 15 in China.
Harden was worth 36.1 points on average for the Houston Rockets last season, while Davis earned 25.9 points per game, the second among those who will attend the Las Vegas camp from August 5 through 9.
The session, which ends with a scrimmage on August 9, will help decide which 12 players will be named after the American team on August 17, one day after a US-Spain practice game in Anaheim.
The American coach Gregg Popovich, who accompanies the Nino & # 39; s San Antonio Spurs, welcomes 12 other members of the previous selection of the national team and 6 newcomers to that list.
Other returning NBA players to the US program are Harrison Barnes from Washington, Bradley Beal from Washington, Andre Drummond from Detroit, Eric Gordon from Houston, Damian Lillard from Portland and CJ McCollum, Indiana & Myles Turner, Charlotte & # 39; s Kemba Walker, Tobias Harris from Philadelphia, Kevin Love from Cleveland, Khris from Milwaukee Middleton and Kyle Lowry, who helped the Toronto Raptors, reached the NBA final.
Newcomers to the team are Utah & # 39; s Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum from Boston, PJ Tucker from Houston, Paul Millsap from Denver, Brook Lopez from Milwaukee and Kyle Kuzma from Los Angeles Lakers from Milwaukee.
Harden, Davis, Barnes, Love and Lowry were all members of the gold medal team of the American Olympic Games 2016 in Rio Rio.
Davis, Harden and Drummond helped the US win the 2014 World Cup, while Love and Gordon participated in the American squadron championship 2010.
"We are happy with the players that will be present," said USA Basketball Chairman and National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo.
"The majority of these players have previous basketball experience in the US and we know that they are all committed to represent their country and do so in the way that is expected by USA Basketball.
"Just like in the training camps of the national team, this group also has excellent individual talents, while it also has excellent versatility and athletic skills."
US national team assistant coaches include Steve Kerr, whose Golden State Warriors play Toronto in the NBA Finals, plus Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce and Villanova University coach Jay Wright.
"I'm excited to go to a training camp in August and work with all players," said Popovich. "We have an excellent cross-section of experienced VS Basketball and NBA players, as well as a number of exciting younger players with great versatility."
Since the US National Team Program was established after a disappointment over the bronze medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, US National Teams have generally fallen 88-1. – Rappler.com
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