The USA basketball national team has always given NBA the best players which turned into big stars. While the players of the NBA doesn’t give the national team much in return as most of them withdraws their name from the team list. Kevin Love has officially retired from the US National basketball team and won’t play anymore for them.
It is not just him, most of the top NBA stars are planning to not play in the upcoming world cup. Most of the players are trying to commit to the NBA games for full time and doesn’t care much about the national team games. Here are the names of NBA stars who won’t play for the USA team in the world cup and also the ones who will play this year.
Top Players have withdrawn their Names
James Harden, Anthony Davis, and DeMar DeRozan have also withdrawn their names from the basketball world cup 2019. Even the players who played for the USA team last year, have also taken off their names. They have given out various reasons like health issues, injury recovery, family matters, etc to cancel their names.
Zion Williamson has withdrawn from USA Basketball's select team for FIBA World Cup training, per @ShamsCharania
Zion is “fully focused” on getting integrated with the Pelicans pic.twitter.com/i3K10RGogb
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 22, 2019
JJ Redick has an invitation to join USA Basketball's depleted roster for the FIBA World Cup. "I'm thrilled beyond belief to be considered but also trying to work through our family's transition to New Orleans," he tells ESPN. He expects to have an answer for USA officials soon.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 25, 2019
USA Basketball making case that NBA players often produce career years following offseason playing for national team. But this summer of World Cup, players prioritizing staying home to get better acclimated with teammates in an upcoming season without a clear-cut title favorite.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 23, 2019
Even the biggest names from NBA like Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, and LeBron James won’t play in the tournament. The list goes on and includes names such as Russel Westbrook, Paul George, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins and many more.
Basketball World Cup 2019
The basketball world cup will start on August 31 and the finals will be played on September 15 in China. USA national team has been winning the title from last two years and it will be the third time to claim it. But it might not happen and the USA might lose it as only 13 players have registered from the list of 20 names.
Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, D’Angelo Russell, Aaron Gordon, and Julius Randle are the only big names that will play the world cup. Steve Kerr, Lloyd Pierce, and Jay Wright will be part of the coaching staff. The first match of USA team is against the Czech Republic and then other 6 teams in the round-robin format.