Kyrie Irving was named to the 2012 Team USA Men's Select team today in a long-expected announcement. The Select team will train against the men's Olympic basketball team from July 6-12 in Las Vegas. Irving will then remain in Las Vegas to participate with the Cavaliers' summer league team July 13-22.
Irving, who has dual citizenship with Australia, bypassed playing with the Aussies in the Olympics this summer, so he could participate with the Select team and align himself for a spot on the men's Olympic roster in 2016.
"The USA Select Team was a vital part of the USA Men's National Team's training in 2007, 2008 and 2010, and again in 2012 we'll utilize this team of select NBA players to help get our national team ready for the very competitive summer that is ahead of us," USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo said in a statement. "Being chosen for the Select Team is quite an honor, and it's an important step in becoming involved in USA Basketball's national team program in the future."
Joining Irving on the Select team are Washington's John Wall, Orlando's Ryan Anderson, San Antonio's DeJuan Blair and Kawhi Leonard, Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins, Toronto's DeMar DeRozan, Utah's Derrick Favors, Indiana's Paul George, Chicago's Taj Gibson, Utah's Gordon Hayward, New York's Jeremy Lin and Golden State's Klay Thompson.
Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Derrick Rose, LaMarcus Aldridge and Andre Iguodala are finalists for the national team after starting out playing for the Select team.