Team USA Rumors
Jeff Zillgitt: USA Basketball’s Jerry Colangelo received a call from Lillard; Lillard expressed interest in playing this summer, staying invovled in future
Erik Spoelstra had some of the most trying days of his career in his first months as James’ coach in 2010. Mike Krzyzewski considered cutting James after his first training camp with Team USA in 2006. But both coaches ultimately experienced huge success with James; Spoelstra won two titles and Krzyzewski won two gold medals.
And while Lillard said the news of his exclusion was expected, Plumlee admitted he was a bit surprised he didn’t earn an invitation to try out. The Blazers’ starting center has played for Team USA each of the last two summers, competing on the 12-man group that won the gold medal at the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain and earning an invite to the 2015 USA Basketball Men’s National Team minicamp.