Denver Nuggets forward, and former Morehead State standout Kenneth Faried is among 28 players who have been selected by USA Basketball to be part of the 2014-2016 USA Men’s National Team pool.
The invitation offers Faried an opportunity to compete for a spot on the 2014 USA World Championship Team and, if the U.S. qualifies, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team.
“To be invited to Team USA to play for my country is an amazing feeling,” Faried said. “I’m very excited about it. I’m very enthusiastic about it. I haven’t felt this way since I made it to the NBA.”
In addition to Faried, the pool features 11 players from the gold medal-winning 2012 U.S. Olympic Team and includes a total of 12 Olympians who have captured a combined 16 gold medals and two bronze medals. Seven members return from the USA Basketball team that captured the 2010 World Championship.
Returning to the USA National Team for 2014-16 are three-time Olympic medalists and two-time Olympic gold medalists Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) and LeBron James (Miami Heat); two-time Olympic gold medalists Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers); and Deron Williams (Brooklyn Nets); 2012 Olympic gold medalists Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Andre Iguodala (Golden State Warriors); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder); 2008 Olympic gold medalist Dwight Howard (Houston Rockets), as well as Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers), who was originally named to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team roster but was unable to participate because of an injury.
“I’m very excited about it. I’m very enthusiastic about it. I haven’t felt this way since I made it to the NBA.”
Returning to national team roster after capturing gold at the 2010 FIBA World Championship are Chandler, Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Durant, Iguodala, Love, Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) and Westbrook.
Completing the USA National Team roster are NBA standouts Faried, LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Paul George (Indiana Pacers); Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks); David Lee (Golden State Warriors); Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors).
The 2014-16 USA Basketball National Team coaching staff features USA head coach and Duke University’s Naismith Hall of Fame member Mike Krzyzewski. Serving as assistant coaches are USA Basketball and Syracuse University veteran coach Jim Boeheim, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams.
A smaller group of U.S. National Team members will be selected to participate in the 2014 USA National Team’s opening training camp in July. Exact training dates and locations for the USA National Team training in 2014 will be announced at a later date.
Information provided by a press release via the Denver Nuggets