Sneaker Watch // USA Basketball Practice

words // Brandon Richard

Just like 20 years ago, the NBA’s best players came together in Las Vegas yesterday to begin USA Basketball’s latest run toward Olympic Gold. A field of 15 finalists, including Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant, will be trimmed down to the max roster size of 12 before the team’s first exhibition against the Dominican Republic on Thursday. Though Rose, Howard, Wade and Bosh are all sitting out with injuries, it’s safe to assume Coach K and crew will select a formidable group worthy of repeating.

While we wait to see who makes the cut, photos from the team’s first practice gives us the perfect opportunity to check out the kicks we can expect to see hit the hardwood in London. The Nike-dominated group is headlined by the newly released Lunar Hyperdunk, which was even spotted on the feet of Finals MVP LeBron James. Kobe, Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul each rocked “USA” colorways of their most recent signature models, while “Mr. Why Not?” Russell Westbrook debuted the “USA” colorway of the upcoming Hyperfuse 2012. The lone adidas wolf in the pack was sharpshooter Eric Gordon, who laced up the “USA” adiZero Crazy Light 2.

We’ll find out who will wear the red, white and blue when the selection show airs tonight at 7:00 p.m. on NBA TV. While you wait, take a look at the kicks worn in yesterday’s practice.

images via ESPN

Sneaker Watch // USA Basketball Practice

Chris Paul wearing Jordan CP3.V USAChris Paul changes from the “Olympic” Air Jordan Retro 7 to the “USA” Jordan CP3.V.

Kevin Durant wearing Nike Zoom KD IV USA (2)

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Anthony Davis wearing Nike Lunar Hyperdunk; Carmelo Anthony wearing Jordan Melo M8 USA

Rookie Anthony Davis and Carmelo Anthony participate in warm-ups wearing the “USA” Nike Lunar Hyperdunk and “USA” Jordan Melo M8, respectively.

LeBron James wearing Nike Lunar Hyperdunk USALeBron takes it to the cup in the “USA” Nike Lunar Hyperdunk.

Kobe Bryant wearing Nike Zoom Kobe VII USA

Elder statesman Kobe Bryant rocks the ’92 Jordan goatee and “USA” Nike Zoom Kobe VII.

Kevin Durant wearing Nike Zoom KD IV USA

Kevin Durant dials up from long distance in the “USA” Nike Zoom KD IV.

Blake Griffin wearing Nike Lunar Hyperdunk USA

Blake Griffin runs some drills in the “USA” Nike Lunar Hyperdunk.

Russell Westbrook wearing Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2010 USA

Russell Westbrook drives in the “USA” Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2012.

Kyrie Irving wearing Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 PE

Kyrie Irving checks Kobe in a PE colorway of the Nike Hyperdunk 2011. Apparently he didn’t get the red, white and blue memo.

Tyson Chandler wearing Nike Lunar Hyperdunk USA

Defensive anchor Tyson Chandler sets his feet in the “USA” Nike Lunar Hyperdunk.

Klay Thompson wearing Nike Zoom Hyperenforcer

Klay Thompson squares off against the Mamba in the Nike Zoom Hyperenforcer.

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