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Monday, July 22nd, 2013 at 11:15 am  |  17 responses

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love Want to Play for Team USA


by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

It’s no secret that USA Basketball is looking to infuse itself with new, young talent. That being said, it’s important to establish continuity, and that means bringing back those who helped the program re-establish its global dominance.

Chairman Jerry Colangelo says he’s been approached by two of the NBA’s biggest stars: Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook. Both All-Stars helped Team USA win Olympic Gold in the 2012 Olympics.

The former UCLA teammates both want to be part of the 2016 squad, according to Colangelo.

Per USA Today:

Forwards Paul George of the Indiana Pacers and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Hornets and guards Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers and 2012-13 rookie of the year Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers are among the 29 players, including two college players, invited to Team USA’s four-day camp, which begins Monday and concludes Thursday with a scrimmage. The camp is the first step toward preparations for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup (formerly the world championships) in Spain and, beyond that, a very early look at candidates for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. In Colangelo’s best-case plan, next summer’s team will be a mix of players from the 2012 Olympic gold medal team and players — who have minimal national team experience — from this camp.

Colangelo said 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.”

Jerry Colangelo says that he wants the team to be a mix of holdovers from the group that went to London and newcomers. The goal is to bring a roster of 15-to-18 players to the 2014 summer camp prior to the start of the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Team USA remains the standard-bearer on the world stage, but Colangelo acknowledges that they need to shore up the frontcourt, as a lack of big men remains a concern.

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  • LP @ThisisEther

    Rondo wants to play….

  • spit hot fiyah

    yeah, connect four

  • Anthony

    Westbrook is a political liability…I can just see him smacking a player from the Republic of China and starting WWIII…..

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    because he’s smacked so many people right?

  • def80s

    those paragraphs are breath taking

  • dyop

    Hoping for Blake Griffin. Wanna see a lot of mozgovs and perkins.

  • RunNGun

    Soon, K-LOVE and WESTBROOK will bolt from MIN/OKC to the LAkers. Make it happen, Wa–Mitch!

  • Basketball_iQ

    See, why you judging the man like that?? Bc he looks mean or something? He hasn’t hit anyone ever and you haul off and say this….. Change your name to George Zimmerman

  • LP @ThisisEther

    where did this gem come from?

  • BoredOuttaMyMind

    LeBron the best player in the game and arguably best ever to play. Top 3 easily with Jordan and Kareem…thoughts?

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    I think this statement/opinion would be more relevant if the thread was actually about LeBron James….

  • BugEyes

    They both need to rest aand get healthy imo I think thunder should intervene and love missed a lot of games last year.

  • spit hot fiyah

    remembered seeing on the tbj blog some time back, one of kirby’s posts

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    The 2 college players…..anyone? Thoughts….?

  • Anthony

    (1) b/c Westbrook is young, firery, and a borderline super star (2) international play is dirty (3) Republic of china has already go into it w/ Georgetown Univ (4) that Zimmerman comment is 1 of the stupidest things I’ve seen on these boards and a feeble attempt to really generate some type of shock…just stupid/ignorant..smh

  • Enigmatic

    Marcus Smart and Doug McDermott? Both are elite college players. McDermott will be a role player and likely journeyman in the NBA. Smart will likely be a top-5 pick in the 2014 draft. He was considered a likely top 3 pick in this year’s draft but decided to stay at OK State. He’s got a good chance at being a future NBA star.

  • Van Jero Lingaolingao

    omg if russell westbrook plays again i would freaking out and i would so watch him all night long

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