Friday , May , 08 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Team USA Invites Danny Granger to Summer Camp

 Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird has said he thinks Danny Granger can be an Olympian. His star pupil now is a step closer.

Granger has been invited to participate in a USA Basketball training camp this summer, the first phase in selecting the squad for the 2012 Olympics in London. Granger said Thursday he hasn’t officially accepted the invitation, but he likely will.

Granger averaged 25.8 points for the Pacers this season and was named to the NBA All-Star team for the first time. Now, he’s including the Olympics in his goals.

"I think that’s the level everyone strives to get to," Granger told The Associated Press by telephone from Italy. "You want to win an NBA championship, of course, but I think to play in the Olympics is something really special. It comes around just once every four years, and it’s a special opportunity."