But the Rockets star has apparently changed his mind.
Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:
James Harden said he will not be with the USA Basketball team this summer to prepare for changes with Rockets. Said already spoke with Gregg Popovich.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) July 19, 2019
The Americans will still be favored in China. But they’re down to just six 2019 All-Stars in consideration for the final roster:
- Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers)
- Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
- Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)
- Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets)
- Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks)
- Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors)
And Lowry is injured.
At least the U.S. is loaded at point guard with Lillard, Walker and maybe Lowry. Plenty of wings and even bigs set to attend USA Basketball’s training camp are stars who are also comfortable handling the ball.