Eric Gordon selected to USA Basketball Men's National Team
Eric Gordon, Olympian?
Not yet, but the Clippers shooting guard was selected Wednesday among the pool of 27 players who will eventually comprise the USA Basketball Men's National Team, a precursor to making the roster for the 2012 Olympics in London.
Also on the preliminary team list are Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and forward Lamar Odom. The team will compete in the FIBA World Championships from Aug. 28 to Sept. 12 in Turkey, with the U.S. opening play Aug. 28 against Croatia. The U.S. also is paired in the same preliminary-round group with Brazil, Iran, Slovenia and Tunisia.
The team will open training camp in July, after which the roster will be winnowed for the competition in Turkey.
-- Ben Bolch