With much already done, U.S. to open camp
Olympic basketball: Team prepared this time

By Brian Mahoney Modified: July 21, 2008 at 12:15 am •  Published: July 21, 2008
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ore or less the same thing as last summer.”

The team already assembled once this year, spending a weekend together in late June. There wasn't much Xs and Os done, though, with only one practice in Las Vegas before heading across the country for a day of fan and media events in New York.

It's all about basketball now.

There's plenty to be done. The starting five is set with Anthony, James, Howard, Kobe Bryant and Jason Kidd, but coach Mike Krzyzewski needs to settle on a rotation beyond that.

They will practice from today until Thursday, scrimmaging against a select team of young players that includes Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, the NBA Rookie of the Year, No. 1 draft pick Derrick Rose and 11th overall draft pick Jerryd Bayless, who was added to the team Sunday.

The Americans close the week with an exhibition game against Canada on Friday before finishing their Olympic training in China, where they will play four more exhibition games.

Hornets center Tyson Chandler had been invited to practice with the Americans as an alternate, but he pulled out Saturday because of an inflamed big toe.

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Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, the NBA Rookie of the Year, is on a team of select players who will scrimmage against the U.S. Olympic basketball team. ASSOCIATED PRESS

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