Turner, USA Basketball Head to L.A. for Second Week of Training Camp

Pacers Center One of 15 Finalists Competing for 12 Spots on World Cup Roster
by Wheat Hotchkiss
Pacers.com Writer/Editor
@Wheat_Hotchkiss

Editor's Note: This blog will be updated each day Aug. 13-15, 2019, as Pacers center Myles Turner attends the second week of the 2019 USA Basketball Men's National Team Training Camp.

Thursday, Aug. 15

Myles Turner and the USA Basketball Men's National Team completed their third and final day of practice in Los Angeles on Thursday. The 15 finalists for the 12-man roster that will represent the United States at the FIBA World Cup in China in September.

"They're motivated because they want to be here," head coach Gregg Popovich said of Turner and his Team USA teammates. "They've all got great character, great work ethic.

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"If they weren't motivated, they wouldn't be taking their time out to sacrifice and be where they are to play for their country."

Turner will suit up for the United States on Friday night in their first exhibition ahead of the World Cup. The United States will square off against Spain in Anaheim at 10:00 PM ET.

That contest will serve as send-off game for the team, who will then fly to Australia this weekend. They will spend the next two weeks training in Melbourne and Sydney while also playing three more exhibitions — two against Australia (on Aug. 22 and 24 in Melbourne) and one against Canada (on Aug. 26 in Sydney).

They are scheduled to arrive in China on Aug. 28 and play their first World Cup game against the Czech Republic in Shanghai on Sept. 1.

Wednesday, Aug. 14

Training camp continued with a second day of practice in Los Angeles.

Perhaps the toughest challenge of this process is getting a group of players who haven't played together to jell over a short amount of time, a topic head coach Gregg Popovich addressed on Wednesday.

"(We're) trying to put a team together so they feel confident," Popovich said. "Every day is an opportunity to work on execution and put a year’s worth of business into a couple of weeks. So, every day is a little bit better."



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The team was initially expected to name its final 12-man roster for the FIBA World Cup this weekend, but there have been reports that the team may take more than 12 players to Australia next week, where the team will continue to practice and play three exhibitions before heading to China for the World Cup.

"They're all doing a good job," Popovich said. "They're working very hard. We worked them hard last night and worked them hard again today. The effort has been great, and we still have to make some choices and that kind of thing.

"But I wouldn't give anyone a leg up by saying so-and-so is playing better than somebody else right now."

Tuesday, Aug. 13

Myles Turner rejoined USA Basketball on Tuesday in Los Angeles for the second week of Men's National Team Training Camp in preparation for next month's FIBA World Cup.

29 players attended the first week of training camp last week in Las Vegas, which culminated in an intrasquad scrimmage on Friday night.

After the game, USA Basketball trimmed the roster to 17 finalists for the World Cup roster, but two of those players withdrew their names from consideration before the group reconvened on Tuesday. Kings forward Marvin Bagley III elected to focus on the upcoming season, while Raptors All-Star guard Kyle Lowry was forced to pull out due to a lingering thumb injury that had prevented him from participating in the first week of training camp.

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So Turner joined 14 teammates for another week of practice on Tuesday, but not before enjoying a little downtime in Utah:



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This week, the 15 finalists will practice for three days at the Lakers practice facility and then play an exhibition against the Spanish national team on Friday night in Anaheim (10:00 PM ET on NBA TV).

The players joining Turner in L.A. include Kings forward Harrison Barnes, Celtics forward Jaylen Brown, Kings guard De'Aaron Fox, Nets guard Joe Harris, Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, Bucks center Brook Lopez, Bucks forward Khris Middleton, Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, Nuggets center Mason Plumlee, Celtics guard Marcus Smart, Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, Rockets forward P.J. Tucker, Celtics guard Kemba Walker, and Spurs guard Derrick White. The final 12-man roster will be selected by USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo and head coach Gregg Popovich.

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