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Red, White, & Bucks? Middleton, Lopez try out for Team USA

Lopez set an NBA-record for three-pointers by a center with 187.

Bucks center Brook Lopez and forward Khris Middleton will participate in USA Basketball’s Men’s National Team training camp from Aug. 5-9 in Las Vegas. The 20-man roster for training camp will be used to select the finalists for the 12-man 2019 USA World Cup Team that will participate in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 that tips-off on Aug. 31 in China.

Middleton, who was named to the USA Men’s National Team roster in April of 2018, made his first career All-Star game last season. The 27-year-old averaged 18.3 points and career-highs in both rebounds (6.0) and assists (4.3) per game.

Lopez is one of six additions to the USA Men’s National Team roster for training camp. Last season, Lopez started 81 games for the Bucks and averaged 12.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.2 blocks (4th in the NBA) and 1.2 assists per game. He also set the NBA record for 3-pointers made by a center in a season with 187 and became the first player in NBA history to tally 150+ threes and 150+ blocks in a single season.

Milwaukee is one of just three teams (Houston and Portland) to have multiple players selected to the USA National Team roster for training camp.

Following the Las Vegas camp from Aug. 5-9, which concludes with a USA Blue versus USA White exhibition game on Aug. 9 at the T-Mobile Arena, the selected team finalists will take a short break and will reassemble in Los Angeles and train Aug. 13-15, then play an exhibition contest versus Spain at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Aug. 16. The official, 12-member roster for the 2019 USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Team will be announced on Aug. 17.

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