: Elton Brand, Olympian?
It appeared Wednesday the Clipper forward would play for the U.S. men's basketball team in the 2006 world championships and 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Brand met privately with Jerry Colangelo at Staples Center before Wednesday's game against the Suns.
Although Brand declined to reveal whether Colangelo offered him a roster spot, he is expected to soon announce he has joined the team, a Clipper source said.
"He just let me know that there was a lot of interest in me, and I let him know that there's a lot of interest also on my part," Brand said. "I let him know that if they extended that honor, that invitation, I'd be in."
If Brand commits, he would be reunited with Mike Krzyzewski, who coached Brand at Duke and will guide the U.S. Olympic team.
"Especially after what happened at the last Olympics, it makes you want to go out there and represent your country," Brand said. "If I get a chance, I want to help show the world that basketball is an American sport, and we're still the best in the world at it. It's definitely important to do that."
There's a possibility playing for the U.S. could become a three-summer commitment if the team fails to win the 2006 World Championships and qualify for the Olympics. In that event, it would also have to play qualifying games in 2007, but that's fine with Brand.
"You can't worry about that," he said. "As long as you stay healthy and continue your regimen, I think it will help. You're practicing against the best every day. How can that not help you?"