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De'Aaron Fox Withdraws From Team USA

Aug 17, 2019 1:50 PM

De'Aaron Fox has withdrawn from Team USA hours before their departure to Australia ahead of the start of the World Cup.

Fox was a strong candidate to make the roster after his impressive performances in practices and scrimmages. Fox played in just six minutes in Friday's exhibition game against Spain.

Derrick White will now likely make the final roster.

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P.J. Tucker Withdraws From World Cup With Ankle Injury

Aug 16, 2019 8:58 PM

P.J. Tucker has withdrawn from USA Basketball's World Cup roster leaving the team with 14 players for 12 spots.

Tucker cited a minor left ankle injury.

"I twisted it in a game last Friday and again in practice [Thursday] and I know they're about to go to Australia," Tucker told Houston's KRIV-TV. "I didn't want to be hobbling and then come back [injured] in camp. It just made sense."

Tucker was the oldest player in camp at the age of 34.

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Team USA Loses 10-Minute Scrimmage To Select Team By 21

Aug 14, 2019 8:36 PM

Team USA lost to the Select Team twice during 10-minute scrimmages on Wednesday. The Select Team is largely comprised of G League players who helped the United States qualify for the World Cup.

The first loss was by three points with the second loss in front of media ending at 38-17.

With many top players dropping from the World Cup team, there have been concerns about the quality of the roster.

The Select Team is coached by Jeff Van Gundy.

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Kyle Lowry Withdraws From Team USA For 2019 World Cup

Aug 12, 2019 5:27 PM

Kyle Lowry has announced on Instagram he has withdrawn from Team USA for the 2019 World Cup.

Lowry underwent surgery on his injured thumb this offseason, but he had hoped to be cleared to play in the tournament.

Team USA will feature Kemba Walker and De'Aaron Fox at point guard.

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Kevin Love Withdraws From Team USA For World Cup

Jul 24, 2019 11:46 AM

Kevin Love has withdrawn from USA Basketball for the World Cup.

Love was limited to just 22 games last season due to toe and shoulder injuries.

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Damian Lillard Withdraws From Team USA For World Cup

Jul 23, 2019 11:31 AM

Damian Lillard has withdrawn from Team USA's training camp and FIBA World Cup.

Lillard was one of the lone remaining All-Stars on the roster following a surge of withdraws. 

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Zion Williamson Withdraws From Team USA For World Cup

Jul 22, 2019 6:22 PM

Zion Williamson has withdrawn from the USA Basketball Select Team for World Cup training.

Williamson played in just one game in Summer League before he was shut down with a knee injury.

Williamson was the No. 1 overall pick and will prepare for the upcoming season with the New Orleans Pelicans.

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James Harden Opts Out Of 2019 World Cup

Jul 19, 2019 4:43 PM

James Harden will not play in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Harden informed Gregg Popovich of the decision.

Harden wants to focus on his upcoming season with the Rockets for the remainder of the summer.

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Anthony Davis Plans To Play In 2019 FIBA World Cup

Apr 9, 2019 8:41 AM

Anthony Davis plans on playing in the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China. Davis, however, faces an uncertain offseason in which he will likely be traded by the New Orleans Pelicans.

"Yes, I plan to play," Davis said to the FIBA World Basketball television program. "I like playing for USA Basketball, playing for the USA team, representing my country, so I plan on playing." 

Davis played for the United States in the 2012 Olympics and 2014 FIBA World Cup.

"Those times were very special," he said of representing the USA. "I’d never played international basketball before. And 2012 (Olympics), I didn't really get to play, I was kind of like, you know, the guy who was just cheering everybody on.

"But that experience helped me in 2014, (being) able to help lead those guys and play my part, and getting me used to playing international basketball. And it was a fun experience, and just being able to represent the country and win gold, it’s something I look forward to every time."

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USA Basketball Interested In Adding Zion Williamson To World Cup Roster

Apr 1, 2019 5:23 PM

USA Basketball has interest in adding Zion Williamson to their 12-man roster for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China.

The United States similarly had Anthony Davis on its roster for the 2012 Olympics and Christian Laettner in 1992.

Williamson and USA Basketball have yet to have formal discussions as he does not yet have an agent.

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LeBron James Could Play In 2020 Tokyo Olympics
LeBron James hasn't participated in a USA Basketball event since the 2012 Olympics in London.

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USA Basketball Appoints Steve Kerr, Nate McMillan, Jay Wright As Assistant Coaches
Gregg Popovich has selected his assistant coaches for the 2019 World Cup and 2020 Olympics.

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