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James Harden on USA Basketball’s Training Camp Roster

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Apr 27, 2014; Portland, OR; 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. Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer -USA TODAY Sports

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

DeMarcus Cousins

C

6-11

270

8/13/90

Sacramento Kings / Kentucky

43

Stephen Curry

G

6-3

185

3/14/88

Golden State Warriors / Davidson

42

Anthony Davis

F/C

6-10

220

3/11/93

New Orleans Pelicans / Kentucky

45

DeMar DeRozan

G

6-7

216

38/07/89

Toronto Raptors / USC

25

Andre Drummond

C

6-10

270

9/10/93

Detroit Pistons / Connecticut

52

Kevin Durant

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

James Harden

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

Damian Lillard

G

6-3

195

7/15/90

Portland Trail Blazers / Weber State

40

Kevin Love

F

6-10

260

9/07/88

Minnesota Timberwolves / UCLA

41

Derrick Rose

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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