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    Team USA still loaded despite missing LeBron and co. in minicamp

    by the web
    Jul 27, 2018
    Team USA was hardy lacking in talent despite the absence of some of its top stars.
    PHOTO: @usabasketball

    TEAM USA was still loaded despite missing its brightest stars in its minicamp this week in Las Vegas.

    Reigning MVP James Harden of Houston, predecessor Russell Westbrook, and back-to-back Finals MVP Kevin Durant led the standouts who took part in the first of a two-day training camp conducted by new national team coach Gregg Popovich on Friday, Manila time.

    LeBron James, Steph Curry, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, and were Draymond Green were among those missing from the 35-man pool.

    Popovich didn't mind.

    "People have lives," said the San Antonio Spurs mentor, who took over from Mike Krzyzewski. "We had a good number of people here and the people who were invited that aren't here have reasons, whether it's injury or personal things going on in their lives. And we understand that."

    Kyrie Irving was present, but is still recovering from an injury along with Gordon Hayward, and Demarcus Cousins.

    Here’s the complete 35-man pool:

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    Harrison Barnes (Dallas Mavericks)

    Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)

    Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)

    Jimmy Butler (Minnesota Timberwolves)

    Mike Conley Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies)

    DeMarcus Cousins (Golden State Warriors)

    Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)

    Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)

    DeMar DeRozan (San Antonio Spurs)

    Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons)

    Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors)

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    Paul George (Oklahoma City Thunder)

    Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets)

    Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)

    Blake Griffin (Detroit Pistons)

    James Harden (Houston Rockets)

    Tobias Harris (Los Angeles Clippers)

    Gordon Hayward (Boston Celtics)

    Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics)

    LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)

    DeAndre Jordan (Dallas Mavericks)

    Kawhi Leonard (Toronto Raptors)

    Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)

    Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers)

    Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors)

    CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers)

    Khris Middleton(Milwaukee Bucks)

    Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers)

    Chris Paul (Houston Rockets)

    Isaiah Thomas (Denver Nuggets)

    Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors)

    Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers)

    Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets)

    John Wall (Washington Wizards)

    Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)

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    Team USA was hardy lacking in talent despite the absence of some of its top stars.
    PHOTO: @usabasketball
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