Myles Turner Arrives for USA Basketball Training Camp

by Wheat Hotchkiss
Pacers.com Writer/Editor
@Wheat_Hotchkiss

Editor's Note: This blog will be updated each day Aug. 5-8, 2019, as Pacers center Myles Turner attends the first week of the 2019 USA Basketball Men's National Team Training Camp.

Thursday, Aug. 8

Turner and company arrived for their final day of practice in Las Vegas.

"Everybody out here is out here with the same goal," he said Thursday. "Everybody's pulling for each other right now. These couple of days are tough so you're really relying on each other to get through. It's been good because we've got a good group."

The training camp participants will take part in an intrasquad scrimmage on Friday night at 10:00 PM ET. You can watch that game live on NBA TV or streaming on Twitch.

PHOTO GALLERY: Myles Turner at 2019 USA Basketball Training Camp »

Turner will play for the Blue team, which features 13 of the 15 National Team training camp invitees. Kyle Lowry and Marcus Smart will sit out the scrimmage due to injuries, but will be replaced on the Blue Team by Select Team members De'Aaron Fox and Joe Harris, both of whom have been practicing with the National Team during the week.

11 remaining Select Team members will play on the White Team. Trae Young will not play due to an eye injury.

Turner expects the game to be competitive, as the two squads have already squared off for several days in practice.

"The Select group is getting more comfortable," he said. "They really gave it to us the first couple of days, but I think today we settled in more. We're getting to learn each other a lot more.

Wednesday, Aug. 7

Scrimmages between the National Team and the Select Team continued on the third of practice.

The NBA posted a video of Turner catching a sideline inbounds pass from Jaylen Brown and draining a fadeaway jumper over Mikal Bridges to beat the shot clock buzzer:

After practice, Turner discussed the group of players in camp and how they're starting to develop a chemistry.

"There's not a lot of talk about what we have as a group," Turner said. "We have young guys, a very talented group at that. The fact that we were chosen to come here and represent the USA means a lot.

"We still have a long way to go here as we've never really played with each other before. Some of the world teams have been together for a while now so we are trying to establish that same chemistry. We are all NBA players so we should be able to adapt quickly."

Tuesday, Aug. 6

The second day of training camp was picture day, as Turner and his USA Basketball teammates posed for a group photo:

Afterwards, they hit the floor for another day of practice:

Tuesday's practice featured several short scrimmages, matching up members of the National Team against members of the Select Team. Turner started two scrimmages on a group that included De'Aaron Fox, Khris Middleton, Jaylen Brown, Kyle Kuzma, Marcus Smart, and Bam Adebayo.

Afterwards, he spoke with the media and was asked about the differences between NBA and FIBA rules.

"There is a lot," Turner said. "Knocking the ball off the rim, no 3 seconds, physicality and a shorter 3-point line. There is a lot that goes into it."

Monday, Aug. 5

Pacers center Myles Turner has embarked on what could be a memorable six-week journey, joining the USA Basketball Men's National Team for the start of training camp in Las Vegas. Turner is vying for a spot on the 12-man team that will represent the United States at the 2019 FIBA World Cup, which will be held in China from Aug. 31 - Sept. 15.

Turner is one of 15 players vying for a spot on this year's team, which is coached by San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. Other candidates includes All-Stars Kyle Lowry, Khris Middleton, and Kemba Walker as well as Turner's former Pacers teammate, Thaddeus Young, who signed with the Chicago Bulls this summer.

PHOTO GALLERY: Myles Turner at 2019 USA Basketball Training Camp »

The Men's National Team members arrived in Las Vegas on Sunday, joined by 14 other young players on the USA Basketball Select Team, who will practice with the Men's National Team during training camp.

Upon arriving in Las Vegas, Turner took his official headshot, signed autographs, did interviews, and mixed and mingled with his fellow teammates.

Camp officially got underway on Monday, as the squad hit the floor for their first of four straight days of practice:

Turner and the rest of the training camp participants will take the floor on Friday night at 10:00 PM ET for an intra-squad scrimmage.

They will then have a few days off before regrouping in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Aug. 13. Training camp will continue with four more days of practice before the final 12-man roster that will travel to China is announced on Saturday, Aug. 17. The team will then take on Spain in an exhibition that night in Anaheim.

Assuming he makes the team, it will be a wild couple of months for Turner. After training camp concludes, the National Team is scheduled to spend a week in Australia, where they will play three exhibitions, before traveling to China for two weeks. Pacers training camp will open a couple weeks after the World Cup ends and Turner will soon be headed back across the Pacific Ocean, as the Pacers are scheduled to travel to India for a pair of preseason games on Oct. 4 and 5.

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