Team USA News: Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony Expected To Practice In Vegas Camp
A comeback is on the cards. And the first substantive step will be a practice session in Las Vegas mini-camp, according to USAB sources.
MVP of 2014 Kevin Durant and New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony plan to practice with the USA National team.
The All-stars are set to return for the U.S. National team after sitting out with an injury.
Durant, Anthony: Injury And Comeback
Durant, the Oklahoma City Thunder All-star underwent a foot surgery. After winning the NBA MVP award one year back, he featured in only 27 games.
Anthony had to sit out the second half of the 2014-15 season after a left-foot surgery. The All-star forward declared in June he was right on track to stage a comeback.
Practice In Vegas Mini-Camp
Under the direction of coach Mike Krzyzewski, practices of Tuesday and Wednesday are part of a team USA mini-camp in Vegas in the bid for a third consecutive Olympic gold medal next year at Rio, Brazil.
On Thursday, a public intrasquad struggle is scheduled at Thomas and Mack Center. Though both Durant and Anthony won’t be featuring in the match.
The 34-men-roster of the minicamp is considered extensively veteran. All the reigning superstars including 11 of last year’s FIBA Basketball World Cup winning squad feature in the camp. Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose is the only exception who’s not there.
Seven new-comers have been added in the roster: Jimmy Butler (Bulls), Michael Carter-Williams (Bucks), Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green (Warriors), Mike Conley (Grizzlies) and Tobian Harris and Victor Oladipo (Magic).