Thanks for playing: G Leaguers back in USA Basketball camp

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Published 5:27 p.m. ET Aug. 13, 2019

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There were more than 50 players from the G League who helped USA Basketball get into the FIBA World Cup by winning enough games during the tournament’s qualifying rounds.

A few of them are getting a thank-you this week.

USA Basketball invited some of those qualifying players to the final week of World Cup training camp in El Segundo, California that started Tuesday. The group will scrimmage in practice against NBA players who getting ready to compete in China at the World Cup — and while there’s no chance for the G League guys to make that team, it’s another opportunity to wear USA across their chest for a few days.

“I didn’t even wait for them to finish asking the question before I said ‘Absolutely,'” former UCLA forward Travis Wear said. “I’m not going to turn down that opportunity to play with the best of the best.”

Plenty of NBA players turned down the chance to be on the World Cup team. Wear — who was with the South Bay Lakers last season, spent summer league with Golden State this year and is looking for a job this season — jumped at the chance to just…

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