Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma invited to USA Basketball camp in August

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years If Kuzma makes the World Cup Roster – admittedly a bit of a long shot – he would be the first Laker to make the final cut to a World Cup or Olympics team since Kobe Bryant in 2012.James has the most experience of any Laker on USA Basketball but has not competed in a major overseas tournament since those 2012 Olympics in London when the U.S. won a gold medal. Tyson Chandler also has national team experience, including a spot on that gold medal-winning squad.The FIBA World Cup begins in China on Aug. 31 and runs through Sept. 15.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed The roster is also expected to include Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton and (former Laker) Brook Lopez; Houston’s Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker; San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge; Detroit’s Andre Drummond; Portland’s C.J. McCollum; Washington’s Bradley Beal; Cleveland’s Kevin Love; Boston’s Jayson Tatum and Utah’s Donovan Mitchell.Kuzma was one of the most productive and durable Lakers last season, averaging 18.7 points and 5.5 rebounds in 70 games, all but two as a starter. An All-rookie honoree in his last year, Kuzma was the MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend in February.center_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers The Lakers should be represented when USA Basketball camp convenes in early August to prepare for the FIBA World Cup.It won’t be by LeBron James.Forward Kyle Kuzma has been invited to the camp which begins Aug. 5 as USA Basketball, led by San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, will select a dozen players to take to China to defend its title on the world basketball stage.The 23-year-old is part of an 18-player pool that includes some of the NBA’s top-drawer talent, headlined by Houston’s James Harden, Portland’s Damian Lillard and New Orlean’s Anthony Davis. Kuzma, who has never before received a USA Basketball invite, made reference to his late recognition with a tweet on Wednesday morning: “No invite in HS or college but I’ll take on this late”. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packerslast_img


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