Gregg Popovich is taking his first official step towards preparing to coach USA Basketball starting at the 2020 Olympics.
Popovich will coach the Select Team, which serves as a scrimmage partner to the actual Team USA.
A training camp will be held in Las Vegas from July 18-21, and it will be an opportunity for Team USA to hone their skills against a group of athletes who may eventually get promoted to Team USA.
Members of the Select Team include Myles Turner, Jabari Parker, Jahlil Okafor, and D’Angelo Russell.
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A few college players who haven’t yet been drafted into the NBA were also invited to be apart of the team, including Brice Johnson, Malcolm Brogdon, and Brandon Ingram.
Team USA has trained against a Select Team in this fashion since 2007. It’s a testament to how deep USA Basketball runs that great players are still available to be apart of the Select Team.
USA Basketball is always overflowing with solid options, and the Select Team is often used an an unofficial “B Team” to scout out future members of Team USA in international competitions like the Olympics.
Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala are among players who thrived on the Select Team before being chosen to represent Team USA in Olympic competition.
As far as Popovich is concerned, this is a good way to ease him into the process of coaching USA Basketball. He can begin developing a rapport with players on the Select Team who will likely be top candidates for the USA Team in 2020.
He can not only get to know Select Team members, but have a front-row seat to how Mike Krzyewski goes about coaching a team assembled with that degree of talent.
Team USA will be in good hands when Popovich takes the reins, and the Select Team is sure to provide Team USA with some solid competition before heading to the Olympics.