It is an offer, an honor like few others — the chance to represent your country in international competition. To put on a basketball jersey and answer a call that Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, LeBron James and countless other stars have done.
Rondo didn’t decline the offer so much as just ignored it. Completely. Team USA Managing Director Jerry Colangelo called him “unresponsive” to requests. A rather immature way to deal with things, but Team USA ha plenty of options so they just moved on.
Bynum at least had a reason — he said no because his body needs rest. After missing most of the last two seasons with major knee injuries, Bynum said his body needs to recover this summer, not be put through more intense workouts.
Bynum added he wants to play for Team USA down the line, just not right now. He said he knew immediately what the right decision was, and told Colangelo. Which was at least the mature thing to do.
Dwight Howard played through torn MCL and meniscus in playoffs
Dwight Howard hasn’t exactly been healthy in recent years. He missed half of last season with various injuries, including a two-month stretch from January to March after undergoing a knee procedure. On Thursday, he told a Houston radio station that the knee problems continued after that, and he had torn ligaments and cartilage during the Rockets’ Western Conference Finals series against the Warriors:
Dwight Howard just told us on Texans Radio that he played through a torn MCL and meniscus during the WCF vs the Warriors
It’s a little alarming that we didn’t hear about this until now. Sometimes these injuries can heal without surgery, but Howard can become a free agent next summer, so you would think he would want to get any lingering issues addressed ahead of time. Considering his age (he’ll be 30 in December) and his injury history, this isn’t a great sign. A healthy Howard is the difference between the Rockets being a legitimate title contender and an als0-ran, so hopefully these problems are behind him and he can stay healthy this season.
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