Lopez Named to 2010-12 USA Basketball Men's National Team
—Lopez is Participating in the Program for the Second Consecutive Year—
February 10, 2010
East Rutherford, NJ—New Jersey Nets center Brook Lopez has been named to the 2010-12 USA Men’s National Team program, USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo announced today. The 27 member team is comprised of nine gold medalists from the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team and a total of 11 Olympians who have been assembled for the next three years of competitions that will include the FIBA World Championship in 2010 and the 2012 Olympics in London, upon qualification.
Lopez is among 24 NBA players owning prior USA Basketball playing experience including: Carmelo Anthony, LaMarcus Aldridge, Chauncey Billups, Carlos Boozer, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, Ben Gordon, Dwight Howard, Andre Iguodala, LeBron James, Al Jefferson, David Lee, Kevin Love, O.J. Mayo, Lamar Odom, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Amar’e Stoudemire, Dwyane Wade, Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams.
“On behalf of the Nets organization, I want to congratulate Brook on his selection as one of the finalists for the team,” said Nets President Rod Thorn. “It would be a great honor to represent your country, and we wish Brook the best of luck in his quest to achieve that goal.”
Lopez is the only Net to start in all 51 games this season, averaging team-highs of 19.0 points and 9.1 rebounds and is 8th in NBA with 1.94 blocks in 37 minutes per game. The second-year Stanford product is shooting .505 (356-705) from the field and .820 (259-316) from the line (ranked 2nd among qualified centers). Lopez has recorded 22 double-doubles (t16th in NBA), reached 20+ points 24 times and 30+ points twice, including a career-high 32 points at POR on 11/25. Lopez was also selected to the 2010 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam as a sophomore after appearing in the game last season during his rookie campaign.