Tickets went on sale yesterday for this summer’s friendly match between Team USA and Team Greece in the leadup to the 2010 FIBA World Championship tournament. The Americans will be taking on Hellas in Olympic Stadium on August 25. Ticket prices range from €20 to €100.
Team USA’s national team training camp runs July 19 to 24 in Las Vegas. On the 24th, the in-team Blue vs. White game will be held at UNLV; tickets for this game and the entire “2010 USA Basketball Showcase” event cost between $12 and $75.
The 2010 FIBA World Championship starts on August 28 in Turkey. Greece tips off in Ankara against China in Group C, which also includes the hometown team, Russia, Puerto Rica and Cote d’Ivoire. The USA gets Croatia on day one in Istanbul and Group B also includes Slovenia, Iran, Brazil, and Tunisia.
The final roster for neither team has been determined; Team Greece’s latest national roster included Ioannis Bourousis, Nick Calathes, Antonis Fotsis, Andreas Glyniadakis, Konstantinos Kaimakoglou, Ioannis Kalampokis, Kostas Koufos, Efstratios Perperoglou, Sofoklis Schortsanitis, Vassilis Spanoulis, and Nikos Zisis.
The pool of players from which the USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski may formulate their 21st-century Dream Team looks like the following:
LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers); Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets); Chauncey Billups (Denver Nuggets); Carlos Boozer (Utah Jazz); Chris Bosh (Toronto Raptors); Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Tyreke Evans (Sacramento Kings); Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies); Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers); Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers); Jeff Green (Oklahoma City Thunder); Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic); Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers); Al Jefferson (Minnesota Timberwolves); David Lee (New York Knicks); Brook Lopez (New Jersey Nets); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); O.J. Mayo (Memphis Grizzlies); Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers); Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets); Kendrick Perkins (Boston Celtics); Tayshaun Prince (Detroit Pistons); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); Amar’e Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns); Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat); Gerald Wallace (Charlotte Bobcats); Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Deron Williams (Utah Jazz).