Stars are dropping like flies from Team USA’s roster for the upcoming FIBA World Cup, but Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry remains committed to his country, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
The 33-year-old Lowry underwent surgery on his injured left thumb earlier this month, but is expected to recover in time to join his USA teammates midway through training camp in Los Angeles.
Those hoping for Lowry to reunite with best friend and former Raptors teammate DeMar DeRozan will be disappointed to learn that the San Antonio Spur is among the big names who have withdrawn from the event. Other notable absences include James Harden, Anthony Davis, Bradley Beal, Damian Lillard and Kevin Love.
Lowry previously suited up for the national team at the 2016 Olympics, averaging 5.0 points, 3.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds in limited minutes en route to a gold medal. A champion on both the international and NBA stage, the five-time all-star will be a valuable presence on a relatively young Team USA squad.
The FIBA World Cup tips off on Aug. 31 and runs through Sept. 15.
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