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Brothers Lopez Begin Team USA Journey Monday in Las Vegas

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Not one member of the gold medal-winning Olympic team will play for the United States next month in the World Championships, leaving things wide open for the next generation of American stars, including Brook Lopez...and his twin brother Robin.

The two will be among 21 hopefuls who'll try out starting Monday in Las Vegas. They'll be competing for 12 slots on  Team USA, which will play in the World Championships in Turkey. Team USA opens against Croatia on August 28 in Istanbul. 

With Dwight Howard foregoing the Worlds and Kendrick Perkins recovering from knee surgery, USA Basketball added two big men this week, Brook's brother Robin and the Mavericks' Tyson Chandler

The team is expected to carry two centers.  Prior to the Worlds, Team USA will participate in the World Basketball Festival in New York August 9-16.  USA will play an exhibition game against France on August 15.  Johan Petro will not play for France.