All eyes will be on the USA Basketball Team this Friday night when we play Canada for an exhibition game before they head to Beijing. (8 p.m. ET, ESPN, ESPN360.com) Team USA is finally back together for a four-day U.S.-based portion of training camp in Sin City. It would be a sin, in the minds of many Americans, for the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team to return home from Beijing on Aug. 25 with anything less than the gold medal.
The Americans have two more workouts before facing Canada in an exhibition on Friday. Then the squad leaves for Macau, where it opens a four-game exhibition tour. The Olympic opener is Aug. 10 against host China in Beijing. They are working out against the USA Select Team which his headed up by Kevin Durant. Coincidently LeBron James suffered a mild ankle sprain when he landed on Durant's foot yesterday in a workout. He may miss the game Friday vs. Canada, but expected to be ready by August 10 in the opener against China.
For many Americans Friday night will kind of be the cartoon before the movie if you ask me. The whole country will be able to see potentially how well this year's team will do in the Olympic Games by getting a test drive against Canada.
"We're a team already," Coach Krzyzewski said. "One key word that we couldn't use in the past, continuity -- we have that. And we have relationships, too. As a result, we're hitting the ground running."
We'll all be watching for the sneak preview this Friday night against Canada!