By: Leobert Julian A. de la Peña
Bit by bit, USA superstars that were included in the World Cup roster are backing off, including champion point guard Kyle Lowry.
Lowry said in his Instagram account, “I was hoping to be cleared and ready for the tournament, but I was not cleared for full basketball activities. I was hoping to be available in time to help my country in their quest for the gold this upcoming tournament. I love playing for USAB but I have to sit this one out and support the team from home.”
With other NBA superstars Kyrie Irving, Draymond Green, Kawhi Leonard, and James Harden, withdrawing from the line-up, Lowry’s decision will hurt the USAB roster, as he was designated to be the team’s heart and soul.
Despite the withdrawal of the superstars, USA head coach Gregg Popovich still has a competitive roster.
Barring any additional withdrawals, the roster will be spearheaded by all-star point guard Kemba Walker, Khris Middleton and Jayson Tatum.