Kyle Lowry (thumb) out for Team USA at World Cup

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So many players declined to play for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup. They all had their own reasons. Injury. Family. Upcoming NBA season. Some combination.

Nobody would’ve blamed Kyle Lowry for sitting out after thumb surgery. But he tried hard to recover and make the team, anyway.



I love Lowry’s competitiveness. Few players would have pushed it this hard. It’s a shame he won’t play.

The Americans are still in decent shape at point guard with Kemba Walker, De'Aaron Fox and Derrick White. Marcus Smart and Donovan Mitchell can also play both backcourt spots.

It’s other positions that are more concerning.