For the past week in Las Vegas, several NBA players squared off in a series of scrimmages and practices as a pseudo try-out for the 2012 USA Olympic squad. With USA Basketball Managing Director Jerry Colangelo, Coach Mike Krzyzewski and several other coaches all paying close attention to the action, they’re hoping to get a feel for the playing styles of several promising young players and see who could potentially fit into their plans for London’s Games. A lucky byproduct of the week-long mini-camp is also a sneak peak at several of the sneakers that the guys will be wearing this upcoming season!
Thaddeus Young might not yet be a household name, but I’d figure by 2012 he’ll be known by more than just the hardcore fans of the game. Like several of the Nike athletes at the camp, Bad Thad is wearing the Nike Hyperize in a white/navy team colorway.
During a scrimmage open to the public, Andre Iguodala showed off his exlosiveness in the Nike Hyperize. Not a good look for Wizards’ big man JaVale McGee!
OJ Mayo was also in the house too, as he broke out the Nike Air Max Rise. You can also spot Kyle Korver in the Converse Assist and DJ Augustin in the Jordan Jumpman Elite.
Reigning Rookie of the Year Derrick Rose pulls up for a jumper in the adidas TS Cut Creator, coming this fall!
Kevin Love THROWS IT DOWN BIG MAN in the Nike Hypermax.
Clippers emerging off guard Eric Gordon takes it to the rack in the adidas TS Creator Lightning. You think he’s got a shot at the 2012 team?
Greg Oden shows off his defensive positioning skills while Brook Lopez puts down a nice dunk in the adidas Pro Model Fusion.
Kevin Durant had everyone talking during the camp, as not only did he debut the Nike Zoom KDII, but he also left everyone in attendance in awe and appears to be a lock for the 2012 squad.
One of the lesser known players invited to the camp, Ronnie Brewer of the Utah Jazz, isn’t unnacustomed to having to work hard for his goals, as he’s been under the radar every step of the way while already enjoying some early success in his career.
Nate McMillan, Mike D’Antoni, Coach K and Jerry Colangelo all man the sidelines as they take a look at the crop of players fighting for their spot in the next Olympics. Mike D is doin’ big things!
Oh yeah, and some power moves went down in the L this week. Clippers fans — you hyped!?