: USA Basketball wants Nuggets center Marcus Camby to wear red, white and blue.
Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball's senior men's team managing director, said Monday he has extended an invitation to Camby to join the team. But it's uncertain if Camby will accept because of a family situation he has been dealing with since season's end. The 2007 NBA defensive player of the year is expected to speak to Colangelo soon about the invitation.
"The ball is in his court and we are awaiting a call from him," Colangelo said in a phone interview Monday. "We've had a call into his agent for some time here. We have not heard back. We made a determination that we want to extend an invitation to him."
If Camby accepts, he will have an opportunity to make Team USA's roster for the FIBA Americas Championship, an Olympic qualifying tournament, in Las Vegas from Aug. 22-Sept. 2. He also would get a chance to make Team USA's 2008 Beijing Olympics team if it qualifies. Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony also plays for Team USA.
While Camby wasn't available for comment, his agent, Rick Kaplan, said: "My understanding is there is interest on the part of USA Basketball, but nothing is confirmed."
Colangelo is being patient with Camby because Team USA won't meet until a mini-camp in late July.
"There is nothing happening right now," Colangelo said. "We don't have our camp until July. We're just getting our ducks in order."
"We're not looking for offense," Colangelo said. "We're looking for rebounding, block shots, run the floor, someone that can pass a little bit.That's why there are certain players that fit that mold and others that don't. We have a lot of offensive players. Last time I checked there is still one ball."
Because of injuries or personal reasons, Gilbert Arenas, Bruce Bowen, Antawn Jamison, Joe Johnson, Brad Miller, Adam Morrison, Lamar Odom, Chris Paul, Paul Pierce and Dwyane Wade aren't expected to play for Team USA this summer.
Colangelo, however, said he has received new commitments from Jason Kidd, Carlos Boozer, Deron Williams, Tyson Chandler and Mike Miller as well as collegians Greg Oden and Kevin Durant. Colangelo said he expects Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James to play, too.
"I'm just going to go out there and do what I got to do," Anthony said recently. "But one of the luxuries of playing in (the NBA) is all the good (Americans) we have. We're still dominant. We haven't proved it over the last couple of years. But we still have the best players in the world."