The USA team is back in action on Tuesday to begin their defense of the Olympic Games title, and Indiana Pacers guard Paul George has re-joined the team after suffering a gruesome leg injury last summer.
A year ago, George was practicing with the USA team, who were gearing up for the 2014 Fiba Basketball World Cup in Spain, when he broke his right leg, which forced him to sit out most of the 2014-14 NBA season.
While George watched the World Cup from the small screen, as the Americans went on to beat Serbia in the final in the Spanish capital, Madrid, last September.
George is among the 34-player preliminary squad, selected by head coach Mike Krzyzewski, which will attend a three-day training camp in Las Vegas from Tuesday.
“I feel great,” George said.
“I still notice some things that are not Paul George characteristic yet, but I feel good and the good thing is we’re still in mid-summer. By training camp, I’ll be ready to go.”
The preparation will culminate with a USA Blue versus USA White exhibition game at the Thomas & Mack Centre in Vegas on Thursday.
However, coach Krzyzewski will only announce his final 12-player roster next July shortly before the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
The USA will travel to Brazil as the two-time Olympic defending champions as well as holding a 63-game winning streak.
The Americans last lost a game at the 2006 World Cup in Japan. At the time they fell 101-95 to Greece in the semifinals.
Among the 34 players, coach Krzyzewski has invited 2012 London gold medalists LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love and Anthony Davis.
Jerry Collangelo, the team’s General Manager, said: “We set out to create a new culture and create a situation where players once again were proud to represent their country.
“We also had to win back the respect of the world basketball community.
“When you’re climbing the mountain to recapture something, that’s one thing,” Colangelo said. “Defending the next time around is another, and now it’s maintaining. We recognise, we appreciate, we respect the other teams and we take nothing for granted.”
USA’s preliminary squad for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics: Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, John Wall, Mike Conley, Michael Carter-Williams, James Harden, Klay Thompson, DeMar DeRozan, Jimmy Butler, Bradley Beal, Victor Oladipo, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Rudy Gay, Gordon Hayward, Chandler Parsons, Harrison Barnes, Tobias Harris, Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kenneth Faried, Draymond Green, Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan, Andre Drummond and Mason Plumlee.