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Griffin was chosen for the 2012 Olympic team, but was a late scratch (replaced by Davis) due to a knee injury. A back issue forced him to pull out of consideration for the 2014 World Cup team. And with so much time between now and August, he couldn’t say that he’d definitely be in Las Vegas. Paul was similarly unsure. Attendance at this summer’s mini-camp isn’t necessarily mandatory for those who want to be considered for the Olympic team, but it is a measure of a player’s commitment to USA Basketball. “All of our players are invited,” Colangelo said. “By who attends and who might not attend, that in itself is saying something. Really, this is all up to the individual guy. Each player makes his own decision on how he figures into USA Basketball.” NBA.com

March 17, 2015 Updates

The Knicks will only say they hope to see Labeyrie play for their summer-league team in Las Vegas in July. His agent, Bouna Ndiaye, told The Post Monday night “It’s 100 percent definite he will.’’ New York Post

March 10, 2015 Updates

Tribune: You support the idea of sports betting on the NBA. Are you at all concerned that criminal elements could lead to point shaving or throwing games or things of that nature? Silver: I’m always concerned about that. Making it legal with transparency and making it a regulated industry will decrease the likelihood of a scandal involving betting on our games, and allow us and the government to monitor betting as it’s done in Las Vegas in a way we can’t right now, when it’s almost exclusively underground. Portland Tribune

February 21, 2015 Updates

A mark of the sign of the Lakers’ current demise that coach Byron Scott suddenly looked ahead to the team’s summer league squad in mid-February. But Scott revealed something far more notable than anything surrounding when the Lakers (13-41) host the Boston Celtics (20-32) at Staples Center. Scott said that Lakers rookie forward will “definitely” play on the Lakers’ 2015 Las Vegas Summer League team. Los Angeles Daily News

January 20, 2015 Updates

The D-League is considering Las Vegas as a future stop for the Showcase even though the city does not have a team, commissioner Malcolm Turner said, a move that would deepen ties between the parent NBA and the gambling mecca. NBA.com

January 3, 2015 Updates

The Clippers will bypass Las Vegas and head to Florida for the NBA Orlando Summer League. Rivers said he prefers playing in the Sunshine State and not just because he lives in Orlando during the off-season. “I just think it’s a better format,” he said. “It’s a better teaching thing … It’s a teaching summer league to me. It’s the perfect summer league. It’s not too many games. I like the smaller audiences where you can hear and you can teach. It’s not a show, if you know what I’m saying.” Orange County Register

November 19, 2014 Updates

David Harrison: I landed at LAX, rented a car, and began a drug binge that would have made Hunter S. Thompson proud. I was trying to die “Leaving Las Vegas” style, but some force had other plans for me. I blacked out in my room at the Mondrian Hotel in Hollywood and woke up in my apartment in Indianapolis. Apparently I tried to jump off my balcony but one of the people I was with (who shall remain nameless but thanks) saw I was completely out of control and called my agent. They found me the that night and got me home. He describes the 4-day rager in a way that makes me think the movie “Get Him to the Greek” should pay me royalties. Vigilant Sports

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It certainly wasn't a defense and not even an explanation, but in an interview with a North Carolina newspaper, Mike Krzyzewski talks about why he chose his former center for Team USA ... and how USA Basketball only decided at the last minute to choose a select team to practice against the senior team. "We weren't even sure we were going to have a Select team for the training in Las Vegas, so that was a last-minute addition, just having a Select team," Krzyzewski told Bret Stretlow of The Fayetteville Observer. "The Select team did a terrific job, and Mason all of a sudden came to the forefront and made us say, 'Shouldn't we look at this guy? We have the perimeter, but what about the bigs?' NetsDaily

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Derrick Rose and four returnees from the 2012 Olympic men's basketball champions are among the 19 players selected for this summer's U.S. national team roster. Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, James Harden and Anthony Davis were the four holdovers announced Monday, along with new additions DeMar DeRozan of Toronto and Chandler Parsons, who is leaving Houston for Dallas. Players will report to training camp in Las Vegas this month, with the roster cut to 12 before the World Cup of Basketball in Spain. ESPN.com

The team reports to Las Vegas on July 27 under Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and is scheduled to play a showcase game Aug. 1 at the Thomas and Mack Center. From there, the players venture to Chicago for more training, Aug. 14-16, with a game at the United Center against Brazil at 8 p.m. Aug. 16. Drummond and crew then head to New York where they are scheduled to play games at Madison Square Garden against the Dominican Republic on Aug. 20 and Puerto Rico on Aug. 22. Then, Aug. 24-26, the hectic schedule shifts to Gran Canaria, Spain, with a game against Slovenia. Detroit Free Press

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