Joe Harris, Jarrett Allen among Team USA Select invitees. Could it be more?

Must Read

Unicaja – Real Madrid: TV, horario y cómo ver la final de Copa ACB

Horario: ¿A qué hora ver el Unicaja - Real Madrid? Unicaja Baloncesto y Real Madrid se enfrentarán este viernes 16...

La polémica en los mates señala a Wade: “No se hizo lo correcto”

El concurso de mates del All Star Weekend 2020 será recordado como uno de los mejores de siempre. Como...

Porto striker Moussa Marega leaves the pitch after racist chants

Distraught Porto striker Moussa Marega is stopped from leaving the pitch after disgraceful racist chants by Vitoria SC fans...
Distinct Athletehttp://Distinctathlete.com
DistinctAthlete.com is an entertaining sports site. The site specializes in viral sports content. Content includes controversial and original opinions, news stories, off-beat stories, humorous videos, entertaining photos, exclusive interviews, and witty banter between the writers and commenters. Distinct Athlete was launched in May of 2012 and has been featured and/or cited on several prominent sports sites.

Two Nets players, Joe Harris and Jarrett Allen, have been invited to play for Team USA’ Select Team, essentially the practice squad that will compete against the FIBA World Cup roster starting in mid-August.

Allen’s invitation has been known for several weeks, but Harris, the NBA’s leading three point shooter last season, is a new name for the Select Team. The Athletic’s Joe Vardon broke the news. Vardon reports that the two join Trae Young, De’Aaron Fox, and Mitchell Robinson, among others.

Team USA will send 12 players to China for the World Cup but in the last week or so, many of the top candidates for the team have decided to opt out, as Vardon notes.

All-Stars Anthony Davis, James Harden, and Bradley Beal, as well as C.J. McCollum, Eric Gordon and Tobias Harris have all withdrawn from Team USA participation, starting with training camp in Las Vegas at the beginning of August. Sources told The Athletic that Damian Lillard and Kevin Love were on the fence and expected to make their intentions known in the next few days.

As a result, USA Basketball has begun adding other players to the Team USA tryouts. On Monday afternoon, Thaddeus Young, the ex-Net, got an invitation to join…

Who else might get a shot. Vardon reports that Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown of the Celtics, ex-Net D’Angelo Russell, and Magic forward Aaron Gordon are on a list of names. The question is how many of them will want to carve out so much of their summer time. Practice starts in Las Vegas in the middle of next month. The World Cup itself runs from August 31 through September 15.

That leaves open another possibility, writes Vardon. Team USA could “graduate” players from the select team the one that includes Harris and Allen.

Joining Team USA would indeed be an honor, but for the two Nets, being chosen for the red, white, and blue would also carry a burden. Brooklyn and L.A. are already committed to play two games in China on October 10 (Shanghai) and 12 (Shenzhen) and will likely have to leave New York not long after their preseason opener on October 4.

So, if Harris and/or Allen would be chosen for Team USA, that would mean they’d have to make two round-trips between the U.S. and China within a matter of weeks, with the opening of training camp on September 27 sandwiched in between.

No indication that Kyrie Irving, the MVP of the last FIBA World Cup, will play this time around.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News

WATCH: Kobe Bryant tributes were amazing leading up to the ASG

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports The NBA is holding its annual All-Star game in...

Real Madrid 2-2 Celta Vigo: Santi Mina scores late equaliser as hosts are held

Real Madrid 2-2 Celta Vigo: Santi Mina scores late equaliser as LaLiga leaders are held on Eden Hazard's return Substitute Santi Mina scored late equaliser...

Postgame Thread: Boston College Edges Out NC State 71-68

Eagles win a close one in which they led for almost the whole game. Recap and analysis incoming. Good work everyone That's it from Conte...

OSU baseball: 4 thoughts after series loss to Grand Canyon

The Oklahoma State baseball team bookended its season opening weekend with losses to Grand Canyon in Phoenix, Arizona. Even though the Cowboys (1-2) only...

More Articles Like This