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The USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team will open play in the 2008 USA Basketball International Challenge in Macau, China, with games against European powers Turkey and Lithuania, it was officially announced today by USA Basketball, the Macao Chine

USA Men�s Senior National Team To Open 2008 USA Basketball International Challenge With Pair Of Games In Macao, China

 

-- USA Team To Face Turkey July 31, Lithuania August 1 In Macau --

 
June 3, 2008 - Macao, China
 
 
The USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team will open play in the 2008 USA Basketball International Challenge in Macau, China, with games against European powers Turkey and Lithuania,  it was officially announced today by USA Basketball, the Macao Chinese Basketball Association and the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel at a press conference at the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macao, China. This will be the first visit to Macao by the USA Basketball Men�s Senior National Team.
 
The United States will face in the opening games of the Macao portion of the 2008 USA Basketball International Challenge Turkey on July 31 (8 p.m. Macao local time), and Lithuania on Aug. 1(8 p.m. Macao local time).

Additionally, Lithuania and Turkey will play a game on Aug. 2 (8 p.m. Macao local time).  All three games will be held at the Cotai Strip Cotai Arena (11,572 capacity) at the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macau, China.

 
Tickets for the 2008 USA Basketball International Challenge in Macao go on sale June 4 and can be purchased by calling in China (852) 6333 6660 or (853) 2882 8818; or on line at www.venetianmacaotickets.com; or at Cotai Strip Cotai Arena Box Office or the Sands Theater Box office. 
 
�The USA Basketball International Challenge promises to be extremely competitive.  The USA�s games in Macao versus Lithuania and Turkey will certainly provide our team with excellent challenges.  Both opponents are very respected and accomplished programs.  The USA Basketball International Challenge offers basketball fans in and around Macao and Hong Kong a remarkable opportunity to see some of the world�s best teams showcase their skills,� said Jerry Colangelo, managing director of the USA Basketball Men�s Senior National Team program.
 
�Our games in the USA Basketball International Challenge are a critical part of our team�s overall preparations. All of the teams involved are very competitive and respected international teams, so we know we will be challenged each time we take the court. Our early arrival in China will afford us the opportunity to adjust to the time change and help us focus on our final training period. Needless to say, this training and these games will be critical to our success,� said USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
 
Hosts of the 2010 FIBA World Championship, Turkey finished an impressive sixth at the 2006 World Championship with a 6-3 record. Serkan Erdogan led Turkey at the �06 Worlds averaging a team high 15.4 ppg. and shot 42.9 percent (15-35 3pt FGs), Ibrahim Kutluay scored 9.8 ppg., Ersan ilyasova, who tried out with Milwaukee Bucks last summer, was credited with 9.6 ppg., and Kerem G�nl�m added 8.9 ppg. and a team best 6.7 rpg.  At the EuroBasket 2007 Turkey placed 11th and advanced to the quarterfinal qualifying round and received impressive showings from NBAers Hidayet T�rkoglu who posted 19.2 ppg. and 5.2 rpg., while hitting 12-of-22 3-point attempts; and Mehmet Okur who added 10.2 ppg. and 7.7 rpg. Turkey point guard responsibilities are expected to be handled by Engin Atsur, who played collegiately for North Carolina State.
 
Placing third in the 2007 EuroBasket, Lithuania compiled an impressive list of wins before falling 86-74 to eventual gold medalist Russia in the semifinals.  Bouncing back to take Greece 78-69 in the bronze medal game, Lithuania finished with an impressive 8-1 mark and did so averaging 82.0 ppg. on 42.9 percent shooting from 3-point. Bronze medalists in two of the last three Olympics, Lithuania handed the USA a 94-90 loss in 2004 Olympic prelim play but fell 104-96 to the U.S. squad in the bronze medal game.  Lithuania�s look will depend on who participates and on the blending of several NBAers with a roster full of other talents.  Cleveland Cavaliers 7�3� center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who did not play in the 2007 EuroBasket, Denver Nuggets 6�8� forward/guard Linas Kleiza, and 6�9� Washington Wizards forward Darius Songaila, will look to join forces with sharpshooters 6�6� guard Ramunas Siskauskas and 6�3� Sarunas Jasikevicius. Siskauskas at the �07 Eurobasket averaged a team high 13.8 ppg. on 44.4 percent (16-36 3pt FGs) shooting from 3-point, while Jasikevicius led the tournament in assists averaging 5.6 apg. and added 10.4 ppg. Songaila accounted for 11.2 ppg. and 4.8 rpg., while Kleiza added 9.9 ppg. and 5.3 rpg.  
 
 USA Basketball announced on June 2 that it will face 2007 EuroBasket champion Russia on Aug. 3 (3 p.m. Shanghai local time), and 2007 Oceania champion Australia on Aug. 5 (8 p.m. Shanghai local time) in 2008 USA Basketball International Challenge play that is being staged in Shanghai, China.  Both games will be held at the Qizhong Arena (13,708 capacity) in Shanghai.
 
USA Basketball will open its training June 27-29 in Las Vegas, Nev. , when selected members of the USA Senior National Team program will participate in a  mini-training camp.  The 12 players selected from the June 27-29 mini-training camp will be nominated to the United States Olympic Committee to participate in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. 
 
 The  USA team, following a three-week break, will reconvene for training in Las Vegas on July 20. The USA team will train daily July 20-24, and will cap the Las Vegas portion of its training on July 25 with the 2008 State Farm USA Basketball Challenge. The USA will meet the Canadian National Team on July 25 (5 p.m. Las Vegas local time) in the 2008 State Farm USA Basketball Challenge that will be held at Thomas & Mack Center.
 
USA Basketball�s Men�s Senior National Team currently consists of 33 players: Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets); Gilbert Arenas (Washington Wizards);  Shane Battier (Houston Rockets); Chauncey Billups (Detroit Pistons); Chris Bosh (Toronto Raptors); Carlos Boozer (Utah Jazz); Bruce Bowen (San Antonio Spurs); Elton Brand (Los Angeles Clippers); Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers); Tyson Chandler (New Orleans Hornets); Nick Collison (Seattle SuperSonics);  Kevin Durant (Seattle SuperSonics); Kirk Hinrich (Chicago Bulls); Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic); Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks); Jason Kidd (Dallas Mavericks); LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers); Antawn Jamison (Washington Wizards); Shawn Marion (Miami Heat); Brad Miller (Sacramento Kings); Mike Miller (Memphis Grizzlies); Adam Morrison (Charlotte Bobcats); Greg Oden (Portland Trail Blazers); Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers); Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets); Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics); Tayshaun Prince (Detroit Pistons); Michael Redd (Milwaukee Bucks); J.J. Redick (Orlando Magic); Luke Ridnour ( Seattle SuperSonics); Amar� Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns); Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat); and Deron Williams (Utah Jazz).
 
The USA Senior National Team coaching staff is led by Duke University head coach Mike Krzyzewski, and also features assistant coaches Jim Boeheim from Syracuse University, New York Knicks head mentor Mike D'Antoni and Portland Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan.
 
The U.S. team is scheduled to arrive in Beijing on Aug. 6, and preliminary round play of the 2008 Olympics is scheduled for Aug. 10-18.  The U.S. Men�s Olympic Team will open preliminary play Aug. 10 against host China; then play Angola on Aug. 12; an opponent to be determined through the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament on Aug. 14; 2006 FIBA World Champion Spain on Aug. 16; and the USA will close out preliminary play Aug. 18 against another opponent to be determined through the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament.  Olympic quarterfinals action takes place Aug. 20, semifinals play is slated for Aug. 22, and the men�s Olympic finals will be held Aug. 24.

 

USA Basketball Men�s Senior National Team Program

Following a disappointing 5-3 finish and bronze medal showing at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, USA Basketball in 2005 set off in a totally new direction with its men�s senior national team.  Setting aside the old committee system used for selecting its senior teams, respected former Phoenix Suns chairman and CEO Jerry Colangelo was selected to serve in the then newly created position of Managing Director of the USA Men�s Senior National Team Program for 2005-2008.
 
Building a program that eventually consisted of 33 of this country�s premiere players, and the very best coaches and support staff, Colangelo and USA Basketball proceeded to create a true Senior National Team program.
 
Through international competitions in 2006 (FIBA World Championship) and 2007 (FIBA Americas Championship), and an exhibition tour by the Senior National Team in 2006, the USA Senior National Team has logged a combined overall record of 23-1. Members of the Senior National Team program were together 42 days in 2006 (including the FIBA World Championship), and in 2007 the team was together for 24 days (including the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship).
 
In 2007, the USA Senior National Team rumbled over its opposition at the FIBA Americas Championship in Las Vegas, Nev., and finished 10-0 to win gold and capture one of the FIBA Americas zone's two qualifying berths for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
 
In winning its 10 games in just 12 days, the USA averaged 116.7 ppg., the most by a USA Senior National Team since the 1994 USA World Championship Team scored 120.1 ppg.; and the USA defeated its 10 opponents by an average of 39.5 ppg., the largest margin by a senior squad since the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team defeated its opponents by 43.8 ppg. The USA team led the FIBA Americas Championship team statistical rankings in 13 of 17 categories.  An astounding 61.7 percent of the team's made field goals were assisted on.
 
Members of the 2007 USA FIBA Americas Championship Team were: Anthony; Billups;  Bryant; Chandler; Howard; James; Kidd; Mike Miller; Prince; Redd; Stoudemire; and Williams.
 
Statistically, there were plenty of impressive individual stat lines. Anthony led the team's potent scoring attack averaging 21.2 ppg., James posted 18.1 ppg., Bryant added 15.3 ppg., Redd averaged 14.4 ppg., while Stoudemire and Howard posted 11.1 ppg. and 10.0 ppg., respectively.
 
The 2006 FIBA World Championship, expanded to 24 teams, proved to be the most competitive and exciting ever.  Spain emerged as the 2006 World Champions after defeating Argentina in the semifinals (75-74), then Greece (70-47) in the gold medal game.  The U.S., after falling to Greece101-95 in the other semifinal game, rebounded to claim the bronze medal by beating 2004 Olympic champ Argentina 96-81 in the bronze medal game.
 
Finishing with an 8-1 overall record, as a team, the U.S. finished ranked among the top leading teams in almost every offensive statistical category at the 2006 World Championship. The USA finished ranked first in scoring offense (103.6), first in field goal percentage (.503), first in assists (18.78), first in free throws made (182), first in assist-turnover ratio (1.74), second in scoring margin (+20.4), third in rebounding margin (+5.6), fourth in offensive rebounding (13.11), fifth in 3-pointers made (82) and seventh in 3-point shooting (.369). On the defensive statistical side, the U.S. also ranked first in steals (10.78), second in turnover margin (+7.44) and second in blocked shots (4.89).
 
Carmelo Anthony led the team in scoring averaging (19.9 ppg., while Dwyane Wade added 19.3 ppg., and LeBron James contributed 13.9 ppg. Chris Paul led the U.S. in assists handing out 4.89 apg., James and Dwight Howard paced the USA effort on the glass snatching 4.8 rpg. And 4.7 rpg., respectively.
 
The USA World Championship Team was comprised of players who were part of the USA Senior National Team program.  Opening training July 19 in Las Vegas, a team of 14 finalists went 5-0 in its pre-World Championship tour. 
 
 Selected for the 2006 USA Basketball Men's World Championship Team were: Anthony; Battier; Bosh; Brand; Hinrich; Howard; James; Jamison; Johnson; Brad Miller; Paul; and Wade.