After meeting in the recent NBA Finals, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers will meet again soon, this time as teammates in the U.S. national basketball team. The NBA superstars headline a 34-player pool for the Team USA’s scheduled minicamp in Las Vegas from Aug. 11 to 13, 2015.
“With this being a summer where we do not have an official competition that we need to prepare for, this year’s minicamp is an opportunity to continue and expand the brotherhood and camaraderie that has been built,” team managing director Jerry Colangelo said in a press release. “It will be a celebration of all that we've accomplished with USA Basketball since the National Team program was formed in 2006 while also looking ahead to 2016. The minicamp is going to be low-key with light workouts, no contact, and the USA Basketball Showcase on Aug. 13 will be a fun all-star type game.”
“We’re also excited about the eight players who have been added to the National Team roster. Seven of the players have been involved in past national team training camps or have participated in past camps as a member of our select teams. All of them enjoyed outstanding NBA seasons in 2014-15 and have been on our radar for a while.”
Colangelo is referring to players like Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors), Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls), Michael Carter-Williams (Milwaukee Bucks), Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies), DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers), Tobias Harris (Orlando Magic), Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic) and Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), who were added to the national team’s pool.
Other players included in the camp’s roster are LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs), Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks), Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings), Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors), Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons), Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets), Rudy Gay (Sacramento Kings), Paul George (Indiana Pacers), Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers), James Harden (Houston Rockets), Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz), Dwight Howard (Houston Rockets), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs), Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers), Chandler Parsons (Dallas Mavericks), Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers), Mason Plumlee (Portland Trail Blazers), Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), John Wall (Washington Wizards) and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder).
The minicamp will have practices on Aug. 11 and Aug. 12 and will have a showcase game on Aug. 13. The training sessions will be handled by head coach Mike Krzyzewski and assistants Tom Thibodeau, Jim Boeheim and Monty Williams.