Last summer, Kyrie Irving was invited to try and play his way onto Team USA basketball. Many thought he had an uphill battle to climb due to the deep field of point guards the United States can claim as its own. By the time the FIBA World Cup was underway, though, Irving was not only on the team, but often a starter. While John Wall and Damian Lillard were left watching on television, Irving played his way to MVP of the tournament.
Regardless of whether or not that was deserved (Anthony Davis played and was tremendous), it's clear that Team USA basketball thinks pretty highly of Irving.
Another Team USA mini-camp mini-update: Word is Kyrie Irving will indeed be there though he obviously can't play so soon after knee surgery— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 27, 2015
Irving's clear goal is to make the Team USA when they go to the Olympics next summer. It's likely that teammates LeBron James and Kevin Love will be there, and it's a big honor for young Americans to be selected. Irving will have a great shot at it, but it's clear he wants to show he's committed to the process this summer.