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Houston Rockets James Harden & Dwight Howard To Attend Team USA Mini Camp

By Tamberlyn Richardson

A week ago we learned Houston Rockets All-Star shooting guard James Harden would attend the Team USA mini camp set to take place later this month in Las Vegas. Running from August 11th to 13th the mini camp is held to build chemistry and cohesiveness for the team projected to be the Gold Medalists of next summers Rio De Janeiro Olympics. This week the full roster of attendees has been released with Houston Rockets Dwight Howard now included on the list.

Eight members from the Gold Medal winning London Olympics team will be on hand as will 11 of last years Gold Medal FIBA Championship team as per USA Basketball Chairman and National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo.

James Harden will join Team USA mini camp

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For years America dominated the world basketball scene and then at the 1972 Olympics Team USA lost the Gold to Czechoslovakia and the US settled for the Silver. This led to the creation of arguably the greatest basketball team ever assembled the 1980 Dream Team made  Hall of Fame players like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Rockets own Clyde Drexler.

Since then USA Basketball has made it a priority to hold a yearly assembly of the Association’s best to play in World FIBA tournaments and participate at the Olympics or just to gather for the aforementioned continuity and to build chemistry within the group. Last summer Harden captained the team who went on to win the Gold Medal at the FIBA Championships in Madrid.

Last week’s it was announced 27 players would be in attendance, but now that number has increased to 34 players. They are:

* indicates new player added

** last week Damian Lillard was listed as attending but is no longer on the list of 34 players

*** Players attending but injured

Several players attending will not participate in drills, but with the Olympics looming they want to increase their opportunity of becoming part of the 12 member team.

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