Knicks’ Jeremy Lin Named To 2012 USA Men’s Select Team
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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Knicks star Jeremy Lin and Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving of Cleveland are among 13 NBA players chosen to scrimmage against the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team in July.
Also picked Monday were: John Wall (Washington), Ryan Anderson (Orlando), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento), Paul George (Indiana), Kawhi Leonard and DeJuan Blair (San Antonio), Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors (Utah), DeMar DeRozan (Toronto), Taj Gibson (Chicago) and Klay Thompson (Golden State).
The young players will report to Las Vegas along with the Americans on July 5 and work out against them from July 6-11. Lin’s participation is unclear, as he will be a restricted free agent after his breakout season and may not take part until he signs a new contract during that week.
Lin had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee in April. He sat out the remainder of the regular season, and his comeback attempt was cut short when the Knicks were eliminated in the opening round of the playoffs against Miami.
“He’s doing well, trying still (to) get stronger and heal,” Lin’s agent, Roger Montgomery, told the New York Post.
The Knicks are expected to re-sign the point guard, though the Toronto Raptors could reportedly be in the mix.
Former Toronto coach Jay Triano, an assistant with the U.S. 2010 world championship team, and Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins will serve as co-coaches of the select team.
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