Anthony Davis, center of attention

Krzyzewski has strongly hinted that Plumlee will make the first cut and there is a rising belief that he has a chance to make the final roster. Coach K also made a point to state that Plumlee has impressed the entire coaching staff, which is on board with his advancement; this was an attempt by Coach K to quell any belief there was Duke favoritism going on as Plumlee played for Krzyzewski in Durham.

Because of the flexibility of the forwards and the overall depth at guard, it is unclear whether the team will keep two or three centers, which means Plumlee could end up fighting for a roster spot with DeMarcus Cousins.

This is somewhat controversial because Cousins is more talented than Plumlee and certainly more established. However, the role of being Davis' backup may be more suited to a player like Plumlee because of his quickness and defensive ability. Krzyzewski has complimented Cousins on his attempts to adapt to the style needed for the international game but it is not his strong suit.

"In DeMarcus' case, the style we play lends itself to what Anthony does or even what Plumlee is doing," Krzyzewski said. "DeMarcus' game is different, so he has an adjustment to make and he's trying to make it."

There is a chance that in some games Team USA will play only one center. But Cousins' size could be useful should it face its biggest rival, Spain, which has great size, including Marc Gasol and Pau Gasol.

For what it's worth, Plumlee will act as Davis' backup for the "blue" team in the intrasquad scrimmage Friday night at the Thomas & Mack Center. The other center on the roster, Andre Drummond, has drawn praise from Krzyzewski, but as the youngest player currently in Vegas he is a longer shot to make the trip to Spain.

No matter what, it's going to be a tough decision and will probably be the final cut.


Side games

Perhaps the most enjoyable thing to watch during the first week of camp has been the post-practice battles among Durant, George and James Harden in "king of the mountain" games (one-on-one battles). The three routinely have battled each other for more than 30 minutes after the end of practice and the intensity and competitiveness of the games have been remarkable.

Harden and Durant have had such sessions since their days as teammates with the Oklahoma City Thunder, and George has been eager to step in as teammates, coaches and NBA executives stop their conversations to watch.

Just like in the real games, Durant has proven virtually impossible to stop.

"We're just trying to challenge ourselves," Durant said. "It's fun. We try to challenge ourselves. We're trying to get that in as much as possible. That's how you learn instincts, that's how to get better."

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