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Cousins, Lin, Wall, Irving head USA Select team roster

May 14, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

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The USA Select team is the team in waiting — guys invited to the USA Basketball training camp in Las Vegas this summer to push and test the guys actually going to London. The Select Team are the guys Mike Krzyzewski and friends want to see up close, to consider for future Olympics and World Championships.

Here is the roster, a source told Matt Steinmetz of

DeMarcus Cousins — Kings
Jeremy Lin — Knicks
Klay Thompson — Warriors
Kyrie Irving — Cavaliers
John Wall — Wizards
DeMar DeRozan — Toronto
Paul George — Pacers
Gordon Hayward — Jazz
Kawhi Leonard — Spurs
DeJuan Blair — Spurs
Ryan Anderson — Magic
Taj Gibson — Bulls
Derrick Favors — Jazz

A few of these names had already leaked out and a number have now been confirmed.

Some of these guys — Wall, Irving, Cousins, Hayward, Thompson — have skill sets that could play well in the international style game, with its floor spacing and off-the-ball movement. Each though needs to mature and grow his game, and himself. Sometimes guys come out of this and the challenge of being against the best pushes them, helps their games grow.

We’ll see who gets that out of this year’s camp.

  1. kacapaco - May 14, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Are you guys kidding? Lin to be on national team? There are 20 better PG than him.

    • soflasfinest - May 14, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      Exactly. It’s gonna be a tough run.

    • yosembok - May 16, 2012 at 7:15 PM

      Dear Nitwit,

      This is for the scrimmage team. Think before you write. You only confirmed your ignorance.

  2. nokoolaidcowboy - May 14, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    *crickets chirping

  3. talan1234 - May 14, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    No Greg Monroe?

    • tk41 - May 14, 2012 at 4:08 PM

      Monroe may be invited to fill in with the big boys given the injury to Howard (and now, possibly, Bosh).

  4. zblott - May 14, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Wall has the skill set “that could play well in the international style game, with its floor spacing and off-the-ball movement”? There’s a reason he was QB of the rather talented 2008 Nike Hoop Summit USA team that lost to the world, and it has something to do with a severe lack of a skill set.

  5. clevelandschronic2 - May 14, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Who knew being chinese or japanese will get u a spot on team usa. Another state of the ny media and there retarded n inbed fans making someone out to b a god. When they are clearly not. Lmao

  6. blacc24 - May 14, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Lin really he’s a turnover machine and nowhere near polished for the Olympics. Bad pick

    • yosembok - May 16, 2012 at 7:16 PM

      Obviously you didn’t read what the selection was for. Learn to read before you write. It’s the “select” team, dummy.

  7. kxlllxst - May 14, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    re: lin — so colangelo can get an extra look before deciding whether or not to pursue this off season with raptors

  8. talkingfan - May 15, 2012 at 8:34 AM


  9. patsfanvt - May 15, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    The point is to get young oftentimes raw players to prep for the future. NOT the next best players not on the team. If you’re complaining about Lin, what do you think about Blair, Leonard, Hayward, Gibson, Favors?

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