Wall added to USA National Team roster
Posted July 25, 2014
NBA All-Star guard John Wall of the Washington Wizards had been added to the USA National Team roster, USA Basketball National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo announced Friday.
Wall will be participating in the USA's upcoming July 28-Aug. 1 Las Vegas training camp. Additionally, USA Basketball announced that Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) has withdrawn from participating with USA Basketball this summer. USA Basketball will utilize the Las Vegas training camp to identify players for this summer's USA World Cup Team.
Wall participated in the 2013 USA Basketball National Team mini-camp and recorded 10 points, three rebounds and two assists in the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase. In 2013-14, his fourth NBA season, he played and started in all 82 regular season games for Washington and averaged 19.3 ppg., an NBA second-best 8.8 apg, 4.1 rpg. and an NBA eighth-best 1.8 spg.
"We are excited that John is now able to participate in our training camp. He had an outstanding season with the Wizards and was a strong performer for us at last year's National Team mini-camp," said Colangelo. "As we've said in the past, we can only extend the invitations to be part of the USA team and the players have to make the final decision and sometimes that decision changes because of circumstances that have changed."
Previously named 2014 USA National Team members who are expected to participate in the Las Vegas training camp include: Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Paul George (Indiana Pacers); Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Kyrie Irving(Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); Chandler Parsons (Dallas Mavericks); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors).
The 2014-16 USA Basketball National Team coaching staff features USA head coach and Duke University's Naismith Hall of Fame mentor Mike Krzyzewski. Serving as assistant coaches are USA Basketball and Syracuse University and Naismith Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams.
All 19 players boast of prior USA Basketball experience and the group includes Davis, Durant, Harden and Love who were members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team that brought home gold, while Curry, Durant, Love and Rose were part of the 2010 USA World Championship Team that also claimed gold.
Following the Las Vegas camp, which concludes with the 2014 USA Basketball Showcase, a USA Blue versus USA White exhibition game on Aug. 1 at the Thomas & Mack Center, the selected team finalists will have a 12-day break. The U.S. team will reassemble in Chicago, Illinois, and train Aug. 14-15, then play an exhibition contest versus Brazil at the United Center on Aug. 16. The American squad will continue its World Cup preparations Aug. 17-22 in New York, New York, and play a pair of exhibition games at Madison Square Garden, Aug. 20 against Dominican Republic, and Aug. 22 versus Puerto Rico. The USA will complete its pre-World Cup exhibition tour on the island of Gran Canaria, Spain. Training Aug. 24-25, the U.S. will close out its exhibition tour on Aug. 26 facing Slovenia at Gran Canaria Arena. Conducting a basketball clinic for youth on Aug. 27 in Dakar, Senegal, the USA team will close its training for the World Cup Aug. 28-29 in Bilbao, Spain, the site of its World Cup preliminary round play.
The 2014 FIBA (International Basketball Federation) World Cup, featuring a total of 24 national teams, is scheduled to be held Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain. The USA World Cup Team will play its preliminary round games in Bilbao, after being drawn into Group C along with teams from the Dominican Republic, New Zealand, Turkey and Ukraine.
The USA opens the 2014 World Cup preliminary round play on Aug. 30 against Finland, and then faces Turkey on Aug. 31 in a rematch of the 2010 FIBA World Championship gold medal game, a contest in which the USA claimed an 81-64 victory. Following a day off on Sept. 1, the USA resumes play Sept. 2 facing New Zealand. The U.S. will go against the Dominican Republic on Sept. 3, and will conclude its preliminary play on Sept. 4 facing Ukraine.
Each team at the 2014 World Cup will play the other teams in its preliminary group, and the top four finishing teams from each of the four preliminary round groups will then qualify for the round of 16. Winners of the round of 16 games will advance to the quarterfinals, while losers are eliminated. Winners of the quarterfinals games will advance to the medal round semifinals, while the quarterfinals losers are eliminated from the competition. Winners of the semifinals will advance to the Sept. 14 gold medal game, while semifinals losers will meet in the bronze medal game on Sept. 13. The games from the round of 16 to the semifinals will be played in Barcelona and Madrid, and the bronze and gold medal games will be held in Madrid.