Team USA’s First Practice

» June 30, 2008 11:39 AM | By Brandon Hoffman

Team USA went through a two-hour practice Saturday and plans on assembling today in New York City to introduce all 12 members of the squad that will represent the United States this summer.

The team will begin training camp in Vegas on July 21, capping the week with an exhibition against Canada on July 25 at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.

The squad then leaves for China, where it will play four more exhibitions before arriving in Beijing. The U.S. opens preliminary round play against host China on Aug. 10.

I can’t wait to see this team in action.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights from the 2007 FIBA tournament:

2 Responses to “Team USA’s First Practice”

  1. Basketballogy Says:

    I was glad to see TeamUSA asked Tyson Chandler to travel with the team to China as the team’s “First Alternate.”

    As you know, I thought he should have been on the team to begin with and that the team could stand to lose a point guard, given that LeBron plays “point forward” anyway.

    If Team USA’s shooting goes cold, the only thing that will keep them in the game is more shots, and more shots come from playing defense and from rebounding.

    They need Tyson Chandler for both those things. He erases mistakes for teams.

  2. Hoffman Says:


    It was definitely the right decision.

    Which point guard would you have left at home?

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