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Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love express interest in playing for Team USA next summer

Jul 21, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

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About the time that Summer League is wrapping things up in Las Vegas on Monday, the NBA focus will shift to a four-day USA Basketball mini-camp being held in town through Thursday.

The biggest names in the game will sit this one out, but there are spots to be had for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, and it will give those in charge of selecting the team a look at 30 mid-level players and rising stars that may be holding out hope to make that final roster.

USA Basketball doesn’t go out and recruit players, or even initiate those conversations. The organization wants players who want to be there, or at the very least, guys who are looking to gain from the experience of playing with and being coached by some of the game’s best.

That policy seems to work out pretty well, and it’s led to two NBA All-Stars recently throwing their names in to represent for their country once again.

From Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today:

Colangelo told USA TODAY Sports that Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love have expressed interest in playing.

“I don’t solicit nor am I looking for early commitments or anything like that because time and circumstances change things,” Colangelo said. “But those two have indicated they would very much like to play next summer. I don’t know how many others at this point because I haven’t inquired.”

Westbrook and Love both played for the USA team during its run to a gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics.

We’ll see how it all shakes out next summer, but USA Basketball has to be thrilled to get players of that caliber continually interested in being considered to play on the world’s stage.

  1. pauliewalnuts90 - Jul 21, 2013 at 11:40 PM


    • money2long - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:31 AM

  2. silentfreedom5 - Jul 22, 2013 at 4:13 AM

    Love was big for team USA in their gold medal run as their main center, add westbrook and you have a strong core. Also, I know UNC and Memphis had very good teams, but how did UCLA finish 3rd in the AP poll in 2008? and how did they not win the championship? Westbrook, and Love are dominant beasts, Collison is a great starter, Luc Mbah a Moute is a good starter who plays great D, and even Ship has shown promise in europe. What a collection of talent in one college team

  3. dezglobal - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Team USA all the way!

    • dezglobal - Jul 22, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      Get out of here Canada w your stupid thumbs down.

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