Derrick Rose Named to Team USA

Coach K and nine members of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team that captured gold in Beijing are back on board as members of the 2010-12 USA Men’s National Team as 27 players were named today to the USA National Team roster

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Shorthanded Fire take on Donovan, Becks on ESPN2

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By Alex Simon

Tonight the Fire visit the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center.  With the win and a D.C. loss or tie, the Fire will clinch a playoff spot for the 11th time out of 12 years.  The Fire will be without many of their regulars, most notably Cuauhtémoc Blanco.

The Galaxy received good news yesterday regarding their DP (Designated Player), David Beckham.  Beckham missed last week’s game against Columbus due to inflammation in his ankle, but is expected to start against the Fire.  The Galaxy has a chance at something they have not been able to accomplish since Beckham signed with the team in 2007. Just like the Fire, a win would clinch a spot in the playoffs for L.A. pending the result of the D.C.-Chivas match.

Prediction:

Blanco did not even make the trip to L.A.  This is the second consecutive match Blanco will miss because of his strained hamstring.  Without him, Segares, Thorrington, and possibly Rolfe, it will be tough for the Fire to create offensive opportunities.  The Galaxy had the most goals allowed in MLS last year, 62.  This year they have been scored on only half that number, 31.  A big reason for that is rookie defender Omar DonovanGonzalez.  The 6ft. 5in. Gonzalez has been superb each time I have tuned in for a Galaxy match this year.  Fire will have to worry about Beckham’s free kicks and service, but most of all Landon Donovan.  Donovan burned the Fire defense last time the two teams met.  The Fire lost that August game to the Galaxy 2 nil, and I do not expect Friday night to be much different.  Unfortunately, I favor an inspired Galaxy squad 2-0 against the banged up Fire.

Note: the only thing worse than a Fire defeat tonight, would be a Fire defeat plus Donovan getting hurt.  (Knock on (Kerry) Wood)  The U.S. visit Honduras October 10 for a crucial World Cup qualifier, and need a healthy Donovan.

Team USA Basketball Mini-Camp Preview

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By Paul M. Banks

Twenty-three of the top young NBA talents will congregate Wednesday in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the July 23-25 USA Basketball Men’s National Team mini-camp.

The mini-camp consists of practice sessions on July 23 and 24th at Valley High School, with the mini-camp’s highlight, the “USA Basketball Showcase,” a Blue-White intra-squad game taking place on Saturday, July 25th, 8 p.m. Pacific at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.

Today, Team USA announced that 2009 NBA All-Rookie second team selection Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers / Indiana) and Warriors forward Anthony Randolph (Golden State Warriors / LSU) had been added to the Men’s National Team mini-camp roster.  Additionally, it was announced that Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers / New Mexico) and David Lee  (New York Knicks / Florida) will attend, but will not actively participate. Also, previously announced participants LaMarcus Aldridge, Trevor Ariza, Glen Davis and Brandon Roy will now not attend the mini-camp.

Remaining List of mini-camp attendees
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-D.J. Augustin (Charlotte Bobcats / Texas)
-Jerryd Bayless (Portland Trail Blazers / Arizona)
-Ronnie Brewer (Utah Jazz / Arkansas)
-Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder / Texas)
-Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies / Connecticut)
-Jeff Green (Oklahoma City Thunder / Georgetown)
-Blake Griffin (University of Oklahoma)
-Devin Harris (New Jersey Nets / Wisconsin)
-Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers / Arizona)
-Kyle Korver  (Utah Jazz / Creighton)
-Brook Lopez (New Jersey Nets / Stanford)
-Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves / UCLA)
-O.J. Mayo (Memphis Grizzlies / USC)
-Paul Millsap (Utah Jazz / Louisiana Tech)
-Greg Oden (Portland Trail Blazers / Ohio State)
-Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls / Memphis)
-Josh Smith (Atlanta Hawks / Oak Hill Academy, Va.)
-Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder / UCLA)
-Thaddeus Young (Philadelphia 76ers / Georgia Tech)

Mini Camp Staff:

-Toronto Raptors head coach Jay Triano team-america-world-police-posters
-Utah Jazz assistant coach Tyrone Corbin
-Detroit Pistons assistant Dave Cowens
-former New Orleans Hornets assistant Kenny Gattison
-Minnesota Timberwolves assistant Jerry Sichting

“While we look to continue to build continuity within the USA National Team program and continue to improve, in 2009 we will get a look at some of the top young NBA players who haven’t been involved in USA Basketball at the top national program level previously.   Although some of these players have represented USA Basketball in the past, this is their opportunity to be considered for the next generation of players who will help make up the USA Basketball National program.  As was the case in 2005-08, the roster for the national team program will be fluid in 2010-2012 and we will make adjustments to the roster each year to help insure we have the strongest program and the strongest teams possible,” said USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo.

Twenty of the expected mini-camp participants have played for the Red, White, and Blue before including: Aldridge, Bayless, Durant, Green, Harris, Iguodala, Lee, Mayo, Rose and Russell.

All were members of the ‘07 or ‘08 USA Basketball Select Team that trained with and scrimmaged against the 2008 USA National Team in Vegas.
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The mini-camp list features a lot 2008-09 NBA award winners. Chicago Bulls rookie guard Rose was selected the recipient of the 2009 NBA Rookie of the Year award, while Mayo, Lopez, Westbrook, Gordon and Love ranked second through sixth in the award voting in 2009. Durant won the award in 2008. Claiming 2009 NBA All-Rookie first team honors were Rose, Mayo, Westbrook and Lopez, second team distinction went to Gordon, Love and Augustin, and Oden also received votes for All-Rookie team honors.

Granger was named the NBA Most Improved Player for 2008-09, while Harris, Durant, and Millsap finished second through fourth in the voting, and Lee (7th) and Young (9th) ranked among the top 10 vote getters. In the NBA Sixth Man Award voting, Millsap received votes for the honor.