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by: Kris Gardner, United States Basketball Writers Association member. Credentialed media member since 1997. USBWA approved online journalist. Voter of Lowe's Senior CLASS, Naismith, USBWA, and Wooden awards.
Three Rockets Selected to Attend 2019 USA Basketball Men's National Team Training Camp
Gordon, Harden, and Tucker Selected to Attend 2019 USA Basketball Men's National Team Training Camp
Posted: June 10, 2019 -- 10:31 a.m. CT
Today, USA Basketball Chairman and National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo announced the 20 NBA players who will attend the USA Basketball Men's National Team training camp in Las Vegas from August 5-9. Eric Gordon, James Harden, and P.J. Tucker were all selected, making the Houston Rockets the only team with more than two representatives.
Following the Las Vegas camp, the selected team finalists will reassemble to train in Los Angeles from August 13-15. The official, 12-member roster for the 2019 USA Basketball Men's World Cup Team will be announced on August 17. The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup takes place in China from August 31 through September 15.
Gordon was the Rockets second-leading scorer this postseason with 17.8 points per game, up from 16.2 ppg during the regular season. He won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2010 World Cup.
Harden was recently named a unanimous All-NBA First Team selection for the third straight season after averaging 36.1 points, 7.5 assists, 6.6 rebounds and 2.03 steals in 2018-19. He won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 World Cup.
Tucker averaged 11.4 points per game in the 2019 playoffs, up from 7.3 ppg during the regular season. He has not yet represented the Senior National Team but won a gold medal at the 2004 FIBA Americas Under-20 Championship along with Chris Paul.
Jason Biles, the Rockets Head Athletic Trainer/Director of Athlete Care & Science, is serving as athletic trainer for Team USA through the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
2019 FIBA World Cup
The 32-team 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup competition will be held August 31 - September 15 in China. Eight cities will host World Cup games - Beijing, Foshan, Wuhan, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Nanjing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
The United States, two-time defending World Cup champion and FIBA's No. 1 world ranked team, was drawn into Group E and will play its first-round games in Shanghai. Also drawn into Group E were Czech Republic, Japan and Turkey. The USA will play Czech Republic on September 1, Turkey on September 3 and Japan on September 5 (full 2019 FIBA World Cup schedule).
Following competition of the round-robin first round games, the top two finishing teams from each group will qualify for the second round, while the bottom two teams from each group will play the classification round for places 17-32. Second round games are scheduled to be held September 6-9 and the results of the three games from the first round carry over to the second-round standings.
The second round will feature four groups - Group I will consist of A1, A2, B1 and B2; Group J will feature C1, C2, D1 and D2; Group K will consist of E1, E2, F1 and F2; and Group L will include G1, G2, H1 and H2. Second round play will be held in Foshan, Nanjing, Shenzhen and Wuhan.
The top two finishing teams from each second-round group will qualify for the quarterfinals, and the bottom two teams from each second-round group are eliminated and ranked in places 9-16 according to the Official Basketball Rules. The quarterfinals action will be held in Dongguan and Shanghai on September 10-11.
Semifinals and the gold and bronze medal game are slated to be held in Beijing on September 13 and September 15, respectively.
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