The USA Basketball Showcase is set to take place on August 13 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The Showcase game features a Blue vs White intrasquad exhibition game between the available members of the USA Men’s National Basketball team. The showcase will be preceded by a minicamp for invited players, who will work out for a chance at the US National Team. Following the conclusion of the minicamp, players will be announced on the 2014-2016 USA National Basketball team roster.
There are still over 2,000 tickets still listed on TicketIQ for the Blue vs White Showcase game at an average price of $121.65 on the secondary market, with the cheapest seat priced at $37. Blue vs White Showcase tickets are almost identical to last year’s average price, as the 2014 Showcase game at the same venue went for an average price of $122.61 on the secondary market.
The roster of USA Basketball remains strong including big names like the reigning MVP Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, James Harden, Blake Griffin, Lebron James, Kyrie Irving among others. Duke University’s long time Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski is back once again as the head coach of the USA Basketball team. Since becoming the head mentor of the team, Krzyzewski has compiled an amazing 75-1 record that includes gold medals twice in the Olympics, 2008 and 2012, and gold medals twice in the FIBA World Cup, 2010 and 2014. Krzyzewski has a .987 winning percentage with the team since joining USA Basketball in 2005 and is the only men’s coach to ever to have won Gold in both the Olympics and FIBA World Cup. All of this also comes as he’s won multiple NCAA National Championships with Duke.
The Showcase game, like many times before, should be entertaining and played with high energy as USA Basketball prepares for another run at Gold for the third straight time at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The United States have dominated the 17 Olympics in which USA Basketball has competed, with an overall record of 130-5 and a .963 winning percentage.
After some concern that the rest of the world had caught up to USA Basketball following a disappointing result in the 2004 Olympics, USA Basketball hasn’t looked back, dominating the sport once again as 11 other nations will look for answers on how they can dethrone a team filled with some of the most talented players in the world.
Players expected to participate in Team USA Minicamp:
Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, Chandler Parsons, Andre Drummond, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes, James Harden, Blake Griffin, Mike Conley, Michael Carter-Williams, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, Mason Plumlee, Kawhi Leonard, DeMar DeRozan, Gordon Hayward, Bradley Beal