Wednesday , Mar , 29 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

USA Basketball picks Sin City as training site

Colorado Springs, CO (Sports Network) – USA Basketball announced Wednesday
a three-year agreement that designates Las Vegas as the official host of
training camp for the men’s senior national team.

In 2006, the USA team’s training camp will begin on Wednesday, July 19,
culminating with an exhibition game against the Puerto Rico National Team at
the Thomas & Mack Center on Thursday, August. 3. Following the camp and
exhibition game, the USA squad will depart for Asia to continue its
preparations for the 2006 FIBA World Championship For Men.

The agreement also calls for the USA Senior National Team to train and play
one exhibition game in Las Vegas in 2007 and 2008.

“Our pre-World Championship training plan is coming together nicely. We feel
excited and fortunate to be able to have the USA Senior National Team conduct
its domestic training for the next three summers in Las Vegas,” said Jerry
Colangelo, USA Basketball’s Senior National Team program managing director.
“We appreciate the efforts Las Vegas Events and the Las Vegas Convention and
Visitors Authority have made to make this happen.”

The USA team will open its training in Las Vegas on July 19 and train through
July 25 with the 23 players who were selected for the USA Basketball Men’s
Senior National Team program.

Following a five-day break, those players selected to represent the USA in the
World Championship will reconvene in Las Vegas on July 31 for the start of the
second phase of the team’s domestic training.

The USA team, which will constitute 12 active players and three
alternates, resumes practice July 31-August 3.