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Phoenix Suns Center Robin Lopez Invited to Team USA Basketball Camp

Phoenix Suns center Robin Lopez is getting an opportunity to shine.

Lopez, who will be entering his third year in the league this fall, has been invited to Team USA's training camp next week in Las Vegas.

Team USA will play in the world championships in Turkey from August 28-September 12.

Lopez, who starred at Stanford with his twin brother Brook (who also was invited), has averaged 5.6 points per game and 3.3 rebounds in his first two years in the league.

He helped the Suns to the Western Conference Finals this past season, averaging almost eight points a game and four rebounds, despite being hampered by an injured back.

Even if he doesn't make the world-championship team, this chance should give Lopez confidence that he can be an elite player in the NBA.

He certainly has the potential to be one of the best big men for the next decade or so.

Other players at the training camp include Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo and Dallas Mavericks' center Tyson Chandler, who were both added Thursday morning along with Lopez.

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Former Suns player Amar'e Stoudemire is also on the roster, as is Kevin Durant, the league's leader in scoring from last season.

It's somewhat surprising that none of the members of the 2008 Olympic gold-medal team will be at the camp. But many said they wouldn't attend to give their bodies a rest before next season.

The camp runs from July 19-24, with players who make the final roster meeting in New York next month for more training before leaving for Turkey.

The team, made up entirely of NBA players, will be led by Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, the Knicks' Mike D'Antoni, and the Trail Blazers' Nate McMillan are Coach K's assistants.

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