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Thursday , Apr , 29 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Danny Granger Wants to Play in World Championships

Pacers forward Danny Granger hopes to play for the United States at the World Championships in Turkey this summer.

He hopes to be selected for Team USA, which will compete in the World Championships in late August.

"This will definitely be a different summer for me because I normally take a little bit of time after the season to rest, but I plan to get back at it sooner," Granger said. "Who wouldn't want to be able to have an opportunity to represent their country?"

He was selected to take part in Team USA's training camp last summer, but Granger elected not to participate so he could rest his right knee.

"I think that's a great experience for (Granger)," said Pacers president Larry Bird. "Like I told him, 'Don't go out there and fire up 50 3s. Take it to the hole. Show these guys you're a man.'
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Monday , Apr , 26 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Grizzlies Want OJ Mayo to Play in Summer League as Point Guard

Mayo to summer league?

It is well-documented that second-year player O.J. Mayo is an undersized shooting guard at 6-4, so the Grizzlies coaching staff has invited the former USC standout to participate in summer league.

The goal is for Mayo to significantly improve his point guard skills.

Mayo, though, hasn't decided if he'll participate given his USA Basketball commitment. Mayo and Rudy Gay will be among the young NBA hopefuls vying for a spot on the USA squad that will compete during the World Championships at Turkey.

The Griz are looking to improve their versatility so Mayo's ability to play point guard at times could lead to a bigger, more potent offensive lineup in doses.

Mayo's shaky ball handling and poor decision-making have been major deficiencies throughout his first NBA two seasons.