Bosh excited to earn invite to USA camp

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

Raptors forward Chris Bosh is on the American team preliminary roster for the world basketball championship this summer in Japan.

ESPN yesterday acquired a copy of the list, which will be formally announced on Sunday by team director Jerry Colangelo, the father of the Raptors newly signed general manager and president, Bryan Colangelo.

Bosh, who is considered a lock to make the team, which will compete at the worlds beginning Aug.19, will be joined by such NBA stars as Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Gilbert Arenas, Dwyane Wade, Chauncey Billups and Paul Pierce at a training camp July 18-25. Not invited are Lamar Odom and Allen Iverson, who were members of the American team at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Bosh is thrilled to be on the list, but he doesn't consider the final roster set in stone just yet.

"They still have to have another workout to see who makes the team, it's not really final," Bosh said.

"It's real competitive. Nobody comes in and says 'I have a spot on the team.' It's more of a business-like approach. They'll weed out the guys who really want to play."

Bosh has discussed with Jerry Colangelo the idea of playing at the worlds this summer and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

"You can be the best player in the world, but if nobody wants to deal with you, that kind of takes the fun out of being a good player," Bosh said. "Good people always attract each other. I'm just glad that he felt I was a good person overall."

Former Raptors Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady are among the NBA stars to decline an invitation to camp. As well, three college players will be invited.

Canada, which competed at the world championship qualifying event last summer without the services of NBA stars Steve Nash and Jamaal Magloire, did not qualify for the worlds.

Nash said during the all-star weekend festivities last week in Houston that he likely will not play for Canada at the Olympic qualifying tournament in 2007, but added he has not completely shut the door to that possibility. Magloire, meanwhile, always has found an excuse not to compete for Canada at major international events.


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