Team USA’s mission to put together a roster continues to hit road bumps.
The latest withdrawal from training camp was New York Knicks forward Julius Randle, who the team announced on Saturday was dealing with a family matter.
Not the first
Randle and Shamet are just two of numerous NBA players who have said “thanks, but no thanks” for the offer to train with the national team.
The players begin training in Las Vegas on Monday. Final rosters will be announced on Aug. 17.
Now @usabasketball is expecting 29 players rather than 30 to report to training camp Sunday in Las Vegas with the Knicks' Julius Randle withdrawing from the senior roster and Denver's Torrey Craig joining the 14-man Select roster headlined by Trae Young and De'Aaron Fox— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) August 3, 2019
Among the NBA stars to decline an offer to join the national or the select team: James Harden, Zion Williamson, Kevin Love, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan, Anthony Davis, Bradley Beal and Tobias Harris.
Randle, who himself was a late invitation to the team, averaged 21.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists in a career year for the New Orleans Pelicans last season. He joined the Knicks as a free agent in the offseason.
Players appear to be prioritizing their health and NBA careers instead of a chance to play for the national team. The Ringer’s Bill Simmons criticized Shamet for doing so, and the youngster shot back at the NBA pundit:
You didn’t even know how to pronounce my name or who I was 6 months ago so it’s nice to see you know the name now 😅. Chill out. I want nothing more than to be there this week. Health comes first and that’s that. Can’t push thru an injury in August. https://t.co/TAnTMCh7fc— Landry Shamet (@landryshamet) August 3, 2019
Nobody was expecting the 1992 Dream Team to show up this summer, but the names on the roster right now are far from the cream of the crop of NBA players.
But it is an individual choice, and for those that are dropping out, it is just not worth it.
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