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June 25, 2008
Martin to play on Olympic select team

With the Kings unsure they can find a player of any real significance with Thursday's No. 12 pick, the player they picked 26th overall in 2004 continues to shine.
According to a league source, Kings shooting guard Kevin Martin has been asked to play on USA Basketball's select team. The team is seen by some as the next crop of up-and-comers on the national team scene, its immediate charge to scrimmage and practice against the national team in Las Vegas from July 21-24 as they prepare for the Olympics in Bejing this summer. Impress at that stage, however, and a player could be strongly considered for the 2010 World Championships in Turkey and the 2012 Olympics in London. Boston center Kendrick Perkins, Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo and Minnesota forward Al Jefferson have also been asked to take part on the select team.
USA Basketball announced its team on Monday, a star-studded roster that includes Carmelo Anthony, Carlos Boozer, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Jason Kidd, Chris Paul, Tayshaun Prince, Michael Redd, Dwyane Wade, and Deron Williams.
Martin will be taking on lesser competition earlier in the month, as he is holding a basketball camp for boys and girls ages 7 to 17 years old at Capital Christian High School in Sacramento from July 14-17. For more information, go to (I'll also update with a phone number soon, hopefully).. - Sam Amick

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