Due to reported concerns over the same balky knee that sidelined Granger for several games last season, Danny will not be playing during USA Basketball’s National Team mini-camp, which is scheduled to hold two practices and an intrasquad game in Las Vegas from July 23-25. Danny accepted the invitation for an “opportunity to be considered for the next generation of players who will help make up the USA Basketball National program” back in June, and he will be present along with the other 24 players in Vegas — he just won’t be actually suiting up.
To my knowledge, none of this precludes Danny from playing for Team USA down the line; it just means he’s missing one event. USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo said the following back in June when the 25 new potential participants were chosen.
“As was the case in 2005-08, the roster for the national team program will be fluid in 2010-2012 and we will make adjustments to the roster each year to help insure we have the strongest program and the strongest teams possible.”
Obviously, Pacer fans should be more concerned with the status of Granger’s knee than they are with a few USA Basketball practices. My thoughts are that this is simply precautionary, as I’ve seen little to suggest the knee is still a significant issue.
I’ll let you know if I hear anything different.
In the meantime, Hoosier fans will be happy to hear that Colangelo has selected none other than former Indiana University star Eric Gordon to play in Granger’s place. (Summer League standout Anthony Randolph of the Golden State Warriors will also now be playing.) Gordon had a great rookie year as Clipper last season, averaging 18.9 ppg on 47.5% shooting (including 41.9% from three) in 25 games after the All-Star break. Overall, Gordon started 65 games for LA’s JV team and Mike Dunleavy, Sr. should be expecting big things from the 20-year-old sharp-shooter.
Then again, the ever-confusing Clippers are reportedly for some unbeknownst reason still seriously considering signing Allen Iverson to play some SG next year as well.
The Clippers, too, generated buzz this week with the Iverson speculation. While owner Donald Sterling wants to make a splash with Iverson, Clippers management would like to target Ramon Sessions.
With a backcourt already featuring scorers Baron Davis and Eric Gordon, adding AI makes about as much sense as adding ranch dressing and bleu cheese to a sandwich that already has mustard and mayo on it.
Ultimately, who knows what MDJ’s dad is going to end up doing? And when you also throw the enigma that is Donald Sterling in the mix, it’s really not even worth your time to speculate.
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