One of the best backcourt duos in the NBA, Washington Wizards guards John Wall and Bradley Beal, are together again this summer as part of Team USA. Beal was selected in January; Wall was added to the team in July.
"I am honored to be invited back to participate with USA Basketball and to have the opportunity to represent my country," Wall said. "I am also proud that Bradley [Beal] and I will be able to represent the Wizards organization together while competing for roster spots against our peers from around the league."
Wall and Beal are part of the 18-player squad that makes up the National Team Pool. Players from this pool will comprise the 2014 World Championship Team and the 2016 U.S. Olympic team.
Wall is no stranger to USA Basketball. He was a member of the 2013 USA Basketball National Team minicamp, and scored 10 points, three rebounds and two assists in the Basketball Showcase. He was also a member of the 2012 USA Select Team, which trained against the 2012 USA Basketball National Team, and a member of the USA Junior National Select teams, which competed in the Nike Hoop Summit in 2009.
USA Basketball National Team managing director Jerry Colangelo praised the addition of Wall to the squad after forwards Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves) and Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) declined invitations to participate.
"We are excited that John [Wall] is now able to participate in our training camp," Colangelo said. "He had an outstanding season with the Wizards and was a strong performer for us at last year's National Team minicamp."
The 2014 USA National Team members participating in the Las Vegas training camp are:
Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)
DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings)
Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors)
Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons)
Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets)
Paul George (Indiana Pacers)
James Harden (Houston Rockets)
Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz)
Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks)
Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
Chandler Parsons (Dallas Mavericks)
Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls)
Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors)
John Wall (Washington Wizards)
The head coach of Team USA is Mike Krzyzewski (Duke). Serving as assistant coaches are Jim Boeheim (Syracuse), Tom Thibodeau (Chicago Bulls) and Monty Williams (New Orleans Pelicans).
The Las Vegas training camp will conclude with the USA Basketball Showcase, a Blue vs. White Team exhibition game Aug. 1 at the Thomas & Mack Center. The final 12-man roster will then be chosen, along with a 13-member select squad, which will scrimmage against the U.S. team and will compete in the World Cup Tournament. Team USA will begin its World Cup play in Spain Aug. 30.
During his media session, Washington D.C. native Durant, the reigning league MVP and four-time scoring champion, added a little fuel to the speculation that he might want to have two of his USA basketball teammates -- Wall and Beal -- as NBA teammates someday.
"Beal is a tremendous player." Durant said. "I love watching him. [He's] one of those players that's going to be a thrill to watch for the next 10-15 years and he's a player for my hometown team, so I love him. I also like Wall; he's one of my great friends and I'm glad he's here."