COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - Featuring nine players owning USA Basketball experience, including the 2011-12 NBA Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving and the 2010-11 NBA Rookie of the Year runner-up John Wall, USA Basketball today announced 13 players for the 2012 USA Men’s Select Team that will train against the 2012 USA Basketball Men’s National Team during its July 6-12 training camp in Las Vegas, Nev.

Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea! I’m the one they call “Optimist” – and by now, you nerds know full-well that an offseason Friday can only mean another delivery of that little bundle of joy we like to call NEWS … AROUND … THE … LEAGUE.

Sometimes, on a Friday, you can sense that the pending weekend is going to completely rock your socks off. And that’s the vibe I’m getting today.

The weather is beginning to turn. The Tribe is in first place. We’re square with Big Worm and Deebo. Life is good.

Season Overview: One of the key words reiterated all season long by Byron Scott was “opportunity.” Transactions, injuries and ineffective play provided plenty of that precious NBA commodity in 2011-12.

And for the second straight season, the player who made the most of his opportunity was forward Alonzo Gee.