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Jeremy Lin officially named to USA Select Team

2012/05/22 12:55:37

Los Angeles, May 21 (CNA) New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin is one of 13 players who has been named to the USA Select Team, the team that will help prepare the United States' Olympic basketball team for the London Games, the NBA announced Monday.

Lin's inclusion on the team had been widely reported in the United States in recent weeks but was only confirmed by the NBA Monday.

Lin had said previously it would be "cool" if he were named to the team. Others named include the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NBA draft Kyrie Irving and Ryan Anderson of the Orlando Magic, the 2011-2012 winner of the NBA's Most Improved Player award.

Also named to the Select Team were John Wall, DeMar DeRozan, Paul George, Gordon Hayward, Kawhi Leonard, DeJuan Blair, Taj Gibson, DeMarcus Cousins, Derrick Favors and Klay Thompson.

"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 the team of select NBA players to help get our national team ready for the very competitive summer that is ahead of us," said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball chairman.

"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," he said.

It is widely believed that the players named to the Select Team have the inside track on representing the United States at the World Championships in 2014 and at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro.

The NBA has said that the Select Team will report to the Las Vegas July 5, and scrimmage with the national team from July 6 to 12.

(By Oscar Wu and Lilian Wu)