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3 Rockets to break camp with Team USA in efforts to make FIBA Basketball World Cup roster

From left to right: James Harden, Eric Gordon, P.J. Tucker.
From left to right: James Harden, Eric Gordon, P.J. Tucker. (Getty Images)


HOUSTON – The Rockets will be well represented at the USA Basketball Men’s National Team training camp in Las Vegas when players gather Aug. 5 through Aug. 9.

National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo announced the 20 NBA players who will take part, including Eric Gordon, James Harden and P.J. Tucker. The three selections make the Houston Rockets the only team with more than two representatives.

Following the Las Vegas camp, the selected team finalists will reassemble to train in Los Angeles from Aug. 13 through Aug. 15. The official, 12-member roster for the 2019 USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Team will be announced Aug. 17. The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup takes place in China from Aug. 31 through Sept. 15.

Gordon was the Rockets' second-leading scorer this postseason with 17.8 points per game, up from 16.2 ppg during the regular season. He won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2010 World Cup.

Harden was recently named a unanimous All-NBA First Team selection for the third straight season after averaging 36.1 points, 7.5 assists, 6.6 rebounds and 2.03 steals in 2018-19. He won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 World Cup.

Tucker averaged 11.4 points per game in the 2019 playoffs, up from 7.3 ppg during the regular season. He has not yet represented the Senior National Team but won a gold medal at the 2004 FIBA Americas Under-20 Championship along with Chris Paul.