Apr 27, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives past Portland Trail Blazers forward Dorell Wright (1) during the fourth quarter in game four of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

James Harden on USA Basketball's Training Camp Roster

This July, all the hoopla surrounding free agency has taken center stage throughout the NBA.  As a result, the fact the USA Men’s National Basketball Team will take part in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain has slipped the minds of many a fan and writer alike.

Well, for those of you who have either forgotten or failed to recognize this reality in the first place, allow this to serve as your reminder:  the U.S. will attempt to compete for the gold in this year’s FIBA World Cup, and as of today, the players who will participate in Team USA’s training camp have officially been revealed.

Among the participants:  Space City’s very own James Harden, who won gold with USA Basketball two years ago in the 2012 Olympics.

Harden is the only Rocket included on the training camp squad.  Here is the full 19-man roster (via usab.com):

NO
NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
DOB
CURRENT TEAM / COLLEGE
28 Bradley Beal
G
6-5
207
6/28/93
Washington Wizards / Florida
36
C
6-11
270
8/13/90
Sacramento Kings / Kentucky
43
G
6-3
185
3/14/88
Golden State Warriors / Davidson
42
F/C
6-10
220
3/11/93
New Orleans Pelicans / Kentucky
45
G
6-7
216
38/07/89
Toronto Raptors / USC
25 Andre Drummond
C
6-10
270
9/10/93
Detroit Pistons / Connecticut
52
G
6-9
230
9/29/88
Oklahoma City Thunder / Texas
33 Kenneth Faried
F
6-8
228
11/19/89
Denver Nuggets / Morehead State
29 Paul George
G
6-8
221
5/02/90
Indiana Pacers / Fresno State
44 Blake Griffin
F
6-10
251
3/16/89
Los Angeles Clippers / Oklahoma
32
G
6-5
220
8/26/89
Houston Rockets / Arizona State
24 Gordon Hayward
F
6-8
210
3/23/90
Utah Jazz / Butler
23 Kyrie Irving
G
6-3
191
3/23/92
Cleveland Cavaliers / Duke
39 Kyle Korver
G/F
6-7
212
3/17/81
Atlanta Hawks / Creighton
22
G
6-3
195
7/15/90
Portland Trail Blazers / Weber State
40
F
6-10
260
9/07/88
Minnesota Timberwolves / UCLA
41
G
6-3
190
10/04/88
Chicago Bulls / Memphis
34 Chandler Parsons
F
6-9
227
10/25/88
Dallas Mavericks/Florida
21 Klay Thompson
G
6-7
205
2/08/90
Golden State Warriors / Washington State

 

As you can see, former Rocket Chandler Parsons is listed on the preliminary roster as well.  Former Rocket.  You know, because of this past weekend, which I’m sure we’d all love to erase from our memories.

In addition to Rockets past and present, there is an interesting mix of different players who will compete against each other in order to qualify for the final roster and, subsequently, travel to Spain.  This ranges from other 2012 Olympic team members — Durant, Love, Rose and Davis, in addition to Harden — to athletes who have never formally participated with USA Basketball, including Parsons and DeRozan.

As far as the Houston homie James Harden goes, expect him to make the final cut and play a significant role in this year’s FIBA World Cup.  With his exceptional gift for both scoring and playmaking, Harden should serve as a valuable offensive asset on an extremely talented USA squad.

Just don’t ask him to guard, help or generally pay attention on defense.

USA Basketball’s training camp will take place July 28th – August 1st, and the FIBA World Cup will occur in Spain from August 30th – September 14th.

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