USA Basketball Select Team Loses LaMarcus Aldridge And Monta Ellis
August 13, 2007 / Colorado Springs, Colorado
Portland Trail Blazers forward/center LaMarcus Aldridge and Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis have withdrawn from participating on the recently announced USA Basketball Menï¿½s Select Team. The Select Team was chosen to help prepare the 2007 USA Senior National Team for the Aug. 22-Sept. 3 FIBA Americas Championship that is being held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Aldridge and Ellis withdrew as precautionary measures. Aldridge will not play after experiencing soreness in his left heel, while Ellis withdrew because of a strained back.
Players expected to participate on the USA Select Team include: Aaron Brooks (Houston Rockets); Channing Frye (Portland Trail Blazers); Jeff Green (Seattle SuperSonics); Devin Harris (Dallas Mavericks); Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers); Al Jefferson (Minnesota Timberwolves); Jason Kapono (Toronto Raptors); and David Lee (New York Knicks).
Seattle SuperSonics head coach P.J. Carlesimo, who served as an assistant with the 1992 U.S. Olympic 'Dream Team' and who has been a head or assistant coach of five other USA Basketball teams, will serve as head coach of the USA Select Team and will be assisted by Toronto Raptors assistant coach Jay Triano.
The select squad will begin training Aug. 14 in Las Vegas and is expected to scrimmage daily against the USA Senior National Team between Aug.15-20.
The USA Senior National Teamï¿½s Aug 15-21 training camp will be utilized to determine the 12-member USA squad that will compete Aug. 22-Sept. 2 in the FIBA Americas Championship 2007. Rosters for the FIBA Americas Championship must be submitted to FIBA Americas on July 21.
The FIBA Americas Championship, featuring 10 menï¿½s national teams, is one of five FIBA Olympic qualifying zone tournaments and will determine the two menï¿½s teams from the Americas zone who will earn a qualification spot for the 2008 Olympic Games that are being held Aug. 8-24 in Beijing, China.
Sixteen members of the USA Basketball Menï¿½s Senior National Team are expected to participate in the Aug. 15-21 training and that roster includes: Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets); Chauncey Billups (Detroit Pistons); Chris Bosh (Toronto Raptors); Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers); Tyson Chandler (New Orleans Hornets); Nick Collison (Seattle SuperSonics); Kevin Durant (Seattle SuperSonics); Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic); LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers); Jason Kidd (New Jersey Nets); Mike Miller (Memphis Grizzlies); Tayshaun Prince (Detroit Pistons); Michael Redd (Milwaukee Bucks); J.J. Redick (Orlando Magic); Amarï¿½ Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns); and Deron Williams (Utah Jazz).