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Celtics Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart part of latest Team USA pool
by Jim Lemuel Wilson, July 28, 2019 5:51pm
Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart, both of the Boston Celtics, are now part of the Team USA roster that will be competing in the FIBA World Cup late next month.
The two are among the six additions to team alongside Los Angeles Clipper Montrezl Harrell, Denver Nugget Mason Plumlee, Chicago Bull Thaddeus Young, and New York Knick Julius Randle.
They will be joining NBA champion Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors, Celtics Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum, Los Angeles Laker Kyle Kuzma, and former champion with the Warriors and now Sacramento King Harrison Barnes.
“Since USA Basketball started the men’s national team program in 2006, we have understood the necessity of fluidity within the program and the importance of having a deep national team roster that features both young and veteran standout NBA players,” said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball Men’s National Team Managing Director, according to an article published by NBA.com.
“The six players we added today are all outstanding players in their own right, and along with the other players who will attend the World Cup Team training camp, will offer Coach [Greg] Popovich and his staff some remarkable athleticism and versatility,” Colangelo said.
The six additions were inserted into the team after Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers); Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Tobias Harris (Philadelphia 76ers); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers); CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers); and Paul Millsap (Denver Nuggets) all declined participation in the tournament that is set to start on August 31 in China.
Completing the list of players who have committed to the team are Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks); Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks); Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz); P.J. Tucker (Houston Rockets); and Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers).
Head coach Greg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs is the Team USA head coach with Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warriors, serving as an assistant. Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce and Villanova University head coach Jay Wright are also assistants to coach Popovich.
“USA Basketball is looking to select the best team possible for the FIBA World Cup as we attempt to win a third straight gold medal. We have a deep roster of men who have played for USA Basketball and who have experienced playing in FIBA events, so they understand the competitiveness of FIBA basketball and have respect for the other national teams. We’re looking forward to exposing the selected players to FIBA World Cup competition and the incredible experience of representing their country in one of the world’s premier basketball’s competitions,” said Colangelo.
The team will be training daily with and against the Team USA Select August 5-8 at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center. All practices are closed to the public.
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