USA Basketball Men's National Team to Train at George Washington
July 2, 2012
WASHINGTON - The George Washington University Department of Athletics and Recreation and the Charles E. Smith Center will host the USA Basketball Men's National Team for practice on Sunday, July 15 in advance of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
"When our family became involved with the transformation of the Charles E. Smith Center, we were confident that the changes would enhance the ability of the George Washington University to host events of international significance," said David Bruce Smith, CCAS BA '79, GW parent, trustee and grandson of Charles E. Smith. "The forthcoming visit of the USA Basketball national team proves the value of this magnet-facility in Washington, D.C."
USA Basketball will conduct training camps in multiple cities this summer, with the trip to Washington, D.C. culminating in a men's and women's national team exhibition doubleheader versus Brazil at Verizon Center on July 16.
"We are excited and proud to welcome USA Basketball to George Washington," said Patrick Nero, GW director of athletics and recreation. "The generosity of the Smith family and countless others has transformed the Charles E. Smith Center into a state-of-the-art venue for all types of events. On July 15th the eyes of the basketball world will be focused on the Smith Center, and we're thrilled to be able to show an international following what this university - in the heart of this world-class city - has to offer."
The Robert H. Smith and Charles E. Smith Family Foundations and Robert P. and Arlene R. Kogod committed $10 million to GW for the renovation of the Charles E. Smith Center.
Other events happening at the George Washington University in the lead-up to the Olympic Games this summer include the Brazilian Women's National Basketball Team also practicing at the Charles E. Smith Center prior to the exhibition versus the U.S. on July 16.
Additionally, along with the 12-man USA Basketball roster, Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens and NBA great Alonzo Mourning will be on campus to host a "Chalk Talk" for select guests prior to the USA's practice on Sunday afternoon. Olympic Gold Medalists Swin Cash and Teresa Edwards are also expected to be on hand with Hall of Famer Bill Walton to join GW Athletics personnel in hosting a "Hoops for Troops" basketball clinic following the conclusion of practice on July 15.
USA Basketball will announce its official 12-man roster following practice in Las Vegas on July 7. Sixteen finalists are contending for a spot on the 2012 USA Men's National Team roster and the list includes Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks), Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks), Anthony Davis (Kentucky), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies), Eric Gordon (New Orleans Hornets), Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers), James Harden (Oklahoma City Thunder), Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers), LeBron James (Miami Heat), Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves), Lamar Odom (Dallas Mavericks), Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Deron Williams (New Jersey Nets). The USA Basketball men's coaching staff is headed by Duke's Hall of Fame mentor Mike Krzyzewski, and serving as USA assistant coaches are Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim and former NBA head coaches Mike D'Antoni and Nate McMillan.
"This tour will be a very challenging schedule of five exhibition games that will each be played in outstanding environments and will be memorable for all basketball fans," said Coach Krzyzewski. "The team's training and these games will be absolutely critical in our preparation and we know that each of the teams will pose significant and unique challenges."
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