USA Basketball held the first session of its three-day minicamp in Las Vegas on Tuesday, as the team begins the long process of whittling the current group of 34 players down to a 12-man roster for the 2016 Olympic squad.
Among those who attended the initial practice were two guys people who frequent the Verizon Center are sure to recognize: John Wall and Bradley Beal. And because of the star-studded group of names that are looking for a chance to represent their country in Rio's games, some pretty cool photos from the session have made their way around social media.
First up is this shot, courtesy of NBA's Snapchat account, showing Wall and Beal wearing numbers that are totally different than the ones they sport when donning Washington jerseys:
— Wiz of Awes (@WizOfAwes) August 11, 2015
Is Wall really rocking #56? C'mon, is he a point guard or an outside linebacker? Hearing Wall's reasoning behind the choice would be pretty interesting.
Then there's this post on Instagram, in which the Wizards backcourt is seen kickin' it with James Harden and Kyrie Irving:
A photo posted by Jumoke Davis (@jumokedavis) on Aug 11, 2015 at 1:35pm PDT
It's not clear what Harden is saying that's so attention grabbing, however; perhaps the normally clean-shaven Beal is looking for some tips on growing a luscious beard similar to the one worn by Houston's best player?
Next up is the first team picture. You can see the Wizards' representatives in the third row, with Magic guard Victor Oladipo sandwiched in between them:
— NBA (@NBA) August 11, 2015
Finally -- and you didn't think for a second we'd do a recap like this without mentioning him, did you? -- there's Kevin Durant. Not surprisingly, questions about Durant's free agency plans made its way out to Las Vegas. His response to those inquiries?
Kevin Durant dismisses 2016 FA talk. "I'm just trying to go out there and not get cussed out by Russell Westbrook." pic.twitter.com/75XmvP1K6d
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) August 11, 2015
Hats off to you, Slim Reaper, for not taking the bait. For today, at least, the #KD2DC movement will be pretty quiet thanks to Durant's answer.