Josh Smith To Participate In Team USA Mini Camp
ATLANTA's JOSH SMITH TO PARTICIPATE IN USA BASKETBALL NATIONAL TEAM MINI-CAMP
Three-day session to culminate with the USA Basketball Showcase on July 25 in Las Vegas
ATLANTA, GA (June 25, 2009) -- Hawks forward Josh Smith has been selected as one of 25 NBA players who have accepted invitations to participate in the 2009 USA Basketball Men's National Team mini-camp that will be held July 22-25 in Las Vegas, Nev., it was announced today by USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo.
The July USA Basketball Men's National Team mini-camp will feature practice sessions on July 23 and July 24 at Valley High School, and the mini-camp will be capped by the USA Basketball Showcase, a Blue-White intra-squad game, on Saturday, July 25, 8 p.m. (PDT) at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.
"This is a tremendous honor and opportunity for Josh, and we are pleased to hear that he has received the chance to display his talents within USA Basketball's highly-competitive program," said Hawks Executive Vice President/General Manager Rick Sund. "He is starting to gain notice around the league for the versatility he brings to the court on a nightly basis, and we fully believe he will continue to grow from this experience."
"I'm very happy for Josh and the opportunity for him to display his skills for USA Basketball," said Atlanta head coach Mike Woodson. "This is fantastic for him and provides him with a great opportunity to make others aware of his ability as a fine all-around player in our league."
Tickets are now on sale for the 2009 USA Basketball Showcase, with seats priced at $10 to $75. Tickets can be purchased through www.UNLVtickets.com or 702-739-FANS.
In addition to Smith, those accepting an invitation to attend the July 22-25 mini-camp were: LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers/Texas); Trevor Ariza (Los Angeles Lakers/UCLA); D.J. Augustin (Charlotte Bobcats/Texas); Jerryd Bayless (Portland Trail Blazers /Arizona); Ronnie Brewer (Utah Jazz/Arkansas); Glen Davis (Boston Celtics/LSU); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder/Texas); Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies/Connecticut); Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers/New Mexico); Jeff Green (Oklahoma City Thunder / Georgetown); Blake Griffin (University of Oklahoma); Devin Harris (New Jersey Nets/Wisconsin); Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers/Arizona); Kyle Korver (Utah Jazz/Creighton); David Lee (New York Knicks/Florida); Brook Lopez (New Jersey Nets/Stanford); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves/UCLA); O.J. Mayo (Memphis Grizzlies/USC); Paul Millsap (Utah Jazz/Louisiana Tech); Greg Oden (Portland Trail Blazers/Ohio State); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls/Memphis); Brandon Roy (Portland Trail Blazers/Washington); Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder/UCLA); and Thaddeus Young (Philadelphia 76ers/Georgia Tech).
USA Basketball announced on May 21 that Toronto Raptors head coach Jay Triano, Utah Jazz assistant coach Tyrone Corbin, Detroit Pistons assistant Dave Cowens, former New Orleans Hornets assistant Kenny Gattison, and Minnesota Timberwolves assistant Jerry Sichting, would serve as the staff for the 2009 USA Basketball Men's National Team mini-camp. "While we look to continue to build continuity within the USA national team program and continue to improve, in 2009 we will get a look at some of the top young NBA players who haven't been involved in USA Basketball at the top national program level previously. Although some of these players have represented USA Basketball in the past, this is their opportunity to be considered for the next generation of players who will help make up the USA Basketball National program. As was the case in 2005-08, the roster for the national team program will be fluid in 2010-2012 and we will make adjustments to the roster each year to help insure we have the strongest program and the strongest teams possible," said Colangelo.
Twenty-one of the 25 expected mini-camp participants have prior USA Basketball team experience.