Rondo, Perkins receive invites to US minicamp
ORLANDO, Fla. - Celtics starters Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins have been offered an opportunity to show USA Basketball they're worthy to compete for gold.
Both players confirmed yesterday that they have been invited to USA Basketball's minicamp in July in Las Vegas for potential future additions to the senior national team. Rondo said he would likely participate if he can solve a scheduling conflict. Perkins still was undecided, planning to split his summer between Houston and Boston to work with a trainer.
Both players expressed excitement about being invited, but also concern about where they will be health-wise after this season ends.
"It's an honor to get invited to go play and try out to be a representative of the USA team," Rondo said. "That means somebody likes how I play. It doesn't mean you make the team. But I get an opportunity to make it."
Said Perkins: "I'll just see how my summer goes, plus I have goals I'm trying to work on for next season. I got a personal trainer. I'm trying to get right . . . But any time you can get something to represent your country is good. I'll just let them know in a few weeks."
Citing a long season, conflicts, and injuries, Rondo and Perkins both declined opportunities to play with a select team last summer that helped the US Olympic team prepare for Beijing.
MARC J. SPEARS