Thursday, March 2, 2006
Seattle guard Luke Ridnour said Tuesday night he has been invited to try out for the U.S. basketball team that will compete at the world championships and the 2008 Olympics, and Chris Paul and Dwight Howard believe they will be invited, too.
Ridnour is a surprise selection. In his third year out of Oregon, he is averaging a career-high 11.8 points and 6.8 assists this season.
Paul said he has received paperwork that leads him to believe he will be trying out for the team at its training camp in Las Vegas this summer. Howard said in Los Angeles that he has spoken with USA Basketball Director Jerry Colangelo and believes he has been selected.
Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison of the Washington Wizards have confirmed that they have been contacted about trying out for the squad. Arenas is expecting an intense week of basketball. "You're going to be fighting for your country, so everyone is going to be that much more focused. Everyone's going to push each other. It's going to be a high level of basketball."
Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are the only players publicly named to the 22-man roster invited to training camp in July.
ESPN.com has reported that the roster consists of Carmelo Anthony , Arenas, Shane Battier , Chauncey Billups , Chris Bosh , Bruce Bowen , Elton Brand , Bryant, Dwight Howard, Josh Howard , James, Jamison, Joe Johnson , Rashard Lewis , Shawn Marion , Brad Miller , Paul, Paul Pierce , Michael Redd , Ridnour, Amare Stoudemire and Dwyane Wade . The most notable exclusion is Allen Iverson , a member of the 2004 team that won the bronze medal at the Athens Olympics.
Colangelo is expected to reveal the entire roster on Sunday.
-- From News Services and Staff Reports