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Rondo to try out for USA 2010 World Championships team

Celtics [1] point guard Rajon Rondo [2] will be added to the Team USA tryout roster for the 2010 World Championships. Rondo had asked to be left off the roster because of a family commitment, but he appears to have changed his summer plans. He will join 21 other players who will be fighting for a roster spot when they attend the team’s July 20-24 training camp in Las Vegas.

“We got confirmation [Saturday night] that Rondo will come,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told AOL FanHouse. “We’re very pleased to have Rondo with us. He’s very enthusiastic [about representing Team USA]. We feel very comfortable with where we’re at.”

The only player to be guaranteed a spot thus far is Thunder forward Kevin Durant [3]. Rondo will have some stiff competition at the point guard position as he goes up against Chauncey Billups [4], Russell Westbrook [5] and Stephen Curry as well as the two most recent Rookies of the Year in Tyreke Evans [6] and Derrick Rose [7].

The entire roster from the gold medal team at the 2008 Olympics, including Kobe Bryant [8], LeBron James [9], Dwyane Wade [10] and Dwight Howard [11], will not be participating this time around for a variety of reasons, ranging from injuries to a hectic summer schedule.

The roster needs to be trimmed to 12 by Aug. 26 for the start of the event in Turkey.