Los Angeles - LeBron
James and Stephen Curry were on Friday named in a star-studded 35-man
squad which will form the basis of the United States basketball team for
the 2019 World Cup and 2020 Olympics.
A total of 17 Olympic gold medalists and 30 former members of the
USA national team pool were included in the list of players who will
attend a training camp in Las Vegas in July.
As well as former NBA MVPs James and Curry, the squad included
Houston Rockets duo James Harden and Chris Paul, along with Boston's
Kyrie Irving and Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook.
Curry's Golden State team-mates Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and
Draymond Green were also in the group, which will be coached by San
Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
USA men's national team managing director Jerry Colangelo told
reporters on a conference call that the squad could still add players.
"It's a very fluid list. There could be some additions," said
Colangelo, who believes the experience of the squad could give the USA
"I don't think there's any substitute for experience," Colangelo said.
"With this roster, just looking at how many are gold medallists and
have experience of winning situations, they're not novices in
international play. So that's a leg up, there's no question of that."
Popovich meanwhile said he was looking forward to coaching the latest
incarnation of a basketball dynasty that has won gold at the past three
"It's quite something when you think about being on the court with all these players, all this talent," Popovich said.
"There's quite a brotherhood there, friendships. To see that in action and see these guys come together is pretty exciting."
Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant (Golden
State Warriors); Chris Paul, James Harden, Eric Gordon (Houston
Rockets); LeBron James, Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers); Blake Griffin,
Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving (Boston
Celtics); DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); Myles
Turner, Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers); DeMar Derozan, Kyle Lowry
(Toronto Raptors); Paul George, Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City
Thunder); Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers); John
Wall, Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); Tobias Harris, DeAndre Jordan
(Los Angeles Clippers); Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs); Jimmy Butler
(Minnesota Timberwolves); Harrison Barnes (Dallas Mavericks); Devin
Booker (Phoenix Suns); Mike Conley Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies); Khris
Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks); Isaiah Thomas (Los Angeles Lakers); Kemba
Walker (Charlotte Hornets)