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Rosters announced for USA Basketball Showcase Friday night in Las Vegas

Jul 31, 2014, 10:05 PM EDT

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As the USA Basketball mini-camp in Las Vegas winds to a close, a public scrimmage will be held featuring all of the players who have been in attendance since the beginning of the week.

The rosters have been set, and at least a couple of names will draw interest from the more casual observers trying to gain an insight as to who will make the final team that will compete in this summer’s FIBA World Championships. From the official release:

USA Basketball today announced the rosters for the USA Blue and USA White teams that will square off in the USA Basketball Showcase that will be held Friday, 6 p.m. (PDT) at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.  The USA White Team, led by 2012 Olympic gold medalists Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) and James Harden (Houston Rockets), will go against the USA Blue squad led by 2012 Olympic gold medalist Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), and 2010 World Championship gold medalists Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) and Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) …

The USA White Team, coach by USA assistant coach and Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, includes Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Durant; Harden; Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); Paul Millsap (Atlanta Hawks); Chandler Parsons (Dallas Mavericks); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors).

The USA Blue Team, which will be led by USA assistant coach and New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams, includes Curry; Davis; DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Paul George (Indiana Pacers); Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks); Plumlee; Rose; and John Wall (Washington Wizards).

It’s only an exhibition, but just like last year, USA Basketball organizers will be looking for fit as well as production in the final event of the week’s training camp in advance of real competition later this summer.

It’s interesting that Plumlee and Cousins will be on opposing squads, but there’s no guarantee that they’ll actually face off against one another. And even if they do, the likely decision against including Cousins on the roster has little to do with his on-court performance.

  1. blogsk3tball - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Boogie said in his Bill Simmons interview, that him vs Anthony Davis wouldn’t be a contest. Now he gets his chance with a roster spot on the line!!

    Question came up in regards to Kentucky team vs Kentucky team incase you missed it.

  2. lakerade - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Nice rosters! At first glance I say White team because they have more initiators, but looking forward to see how these young stars flow

  3. skins26portis - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Wow this BS DMC is the best center at the USA trials . Pure hate towards Cousins.

    • justorion - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:23 PM

      Shut up Cousins, we know that’s you.

    • johnc44 - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:24 PM

      First of all he`s not better than Davis.
      Second he was given this chance despite his past reputation so if he hasn`t grown up and taken advantage of it that`s on him.It`s not just about how many points or rebounds he gets.When your representing your country you need to be able to act like a professional and when your playing with a number of star players you have to be able to fit into a team concept.I know it`s a out dated concept but there is a difference between being a “hater” and holding people accountable for their actions.

  4. innovativethinking87 - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Is this on tv?

  5. milkman1989 - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Is this on NBA TV or do you have to buy the damn thing?

    • jda247 - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:48 AM


      • lazegowizfan95 - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:55 AM

        What time does it start though?

    • bkbell3 - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      It starts at 9:00 on espn

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