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James Harden withdraws from team USA to focus on recovering

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Nets guard James Harden, who initially was expected to commit to Team USA, was left with no choice but to withdraw from Team USA in order to recover from a right hamstring injury that he reaggravated in the postseason.

Before going down in April because of the initial injury, the Beard had already won the February and March Player of the Month honors because of his stellar play. He was making a stronger case to win MVP and proving that he was more than capable of holding it down on the Nets despite only arriving in January. What made this run even more impressive was the fact that Kevin Durant went down on February 13th with a hamstring injury of his own and didn’t return until April 7th.

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Although Harden’s decision to withdraw hurts Team USA’s overall talent level, it is necessary in order for him to reach 100 percent. We still do not know what he is capable of when he’s fully healthy and we are at the edge of our seat’s to see what this Nets team can do when they reach their true potential. But it all starts with health.