Jul 30, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Team USA men

Timeline Narrows for Damian Lillard & USAB guard selection

Team USA Coach, Mike Krzyzewski, and USA Basketball Chairman, Jerry Colangelo, have decided to take their time in the roster selection process for the 2014 FIBA World Cup. They plan on whittling the 19-player pool down to 15 by August 22nd, then making the final cut to 12 before the tournament begins on August 30th. However; we may still receive word on Damian Lillard sooner rather than later.

According to Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated, it is the big men who will be decided upon last:

Over the next three weeks, he [Colangelo] said USA Basketball — which saw power forwards LaMarcus AldridgeBlake Griffin and Kevin Love withdraw from participating — plans to “hang on to bigs” before it gets down to its 12-man team. Presumably, that approach would cover USA Basketball in the event of an injury during one of the pre-World Cup exhibitions or training sessions.

This means it is very likely that Lillard will know his fate prior to August 22nd. His primary competition for a spot on Team USA remains Stephen CurryDerrick RoseJohn Wall, and Kyrie Irving. Curry and Rose are the frontrunners to be cemented on the team, but no other player has emerged as the clear favorite for the third point guard slot. Lillard’s performance over the next few weeks is absolutely crucial to his potential inclusion on the final roster.



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