Boston Globe: USA Basketball also plans to invite Celtics guard Rajon Rondo and center Kendrick Perkins as well as ex-Celtic Al Jefferson to play on its select team that will scrimmage and practice against the national team in Las Vegas from July 21-24. The select team includes young NBA standouts who could be prospects for Team USA in the future.
With a good showing, Perkins, 23, and Rondo, 22, could be considered for the 2010 World Championships in Turkey and the 2012 Olympics in London.
The select team will learn offensive and defensive sets from US assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo before practicing and scrimmaging against the national team.
Perkins was excited about USA Basketball's interest and said he wants to participate. He averaged 6.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks in 24.5 minutes per game during the regular season and was a major physical presence against the Lakers in the NBA Finals.
"It would be an honor to play against them," said Perkins. "I would love to play against them and hope to play for them one day. It's an honor. It will be fun."
Maybe we'll get lucky and they'll show some of the scrimmages on NBA TV or something. As soon as Kobe sees those two green goblins, he's going to go into domination mode. 100 points anyone?