Now no Russell Westbrook, either.
The dynamic Thunder guard who has played fantastically well on the international stage has decided to withdraw from Team USA for the Olympics in Rio, he announced in a statement.
“After speaking with my family, I have decided thong to participate in this year’s Olympics,” Westbrook said in a statement. “This was not an easy decision, as representing my country at the World Championship in 2010 and the Olympics in 2012 were career highlights for me. I look forward to future opportunities as a member of USA Basketball.”
Westbrook did not say if rest and recuperation after a long season or concerns about the Zika virus (or a combination of factors) informed his decision.
Despite all the losses at the guard spot (not to mention key front court players such as Anthony Davis, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Blake Griffin), Team USA is still plenty deep in the backcourt. The five guards could be Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson, James Harden, and Jimmy Butler, and that’s without putting a quality defender and floor general like Mike Conley in the group.