Tyreke Evans is having one of those no-good weekends. The Rookie of the Year should be having the time of his life, celebrating the first 20-5-5 rookie season since LeBron James in 2004, and being a potential leader for Team USA. Instead, not only will he not be joining the team in Turkey, but Evans is going to be dealing with a touch of some public embarrassment.
First, Evans tweaked his ankle last week in practice, suffering a sprain. And as is usually the case with ankle sprains, they take a considerable amount of time just to heal to a point where you can play effectively. As a result, NBA FanHouse is reporting that Evans has pulled out of Team USA and will return to Sacramento to heal. It’s a disappointing turn for Evans, but at least the team is loaded with guard talent between Rajon Rondo, Derrick Rose, and Chauncey Billups.
On the same day, Evans plead guilty to reckless driving for his speeding ticket last May. He managed to avoid a fine but will have to go through community service and will be under probation for three years. Here’s a fun quote from Evans following his arrest in May:
“I felt like I wasn’t going that fast but I was,” Evans told a Bee reporter. “I’ve just got to be careful.”