The big who was the most likely lock for Team USA has had to withdraw and new prospects have been added in the national team training camp roster last several days. Does that mean Brook Lopez is more likely to make the final cut and get to the FIBA World Championships next month?
Amare Stoudemire was forced to drop out Tuesday after the Knicks asked him to. The problem: the Knicks' insurer didn't want him playing. The insurer already had doubts about writing a policy on Stoudemire's $100 million contract with New York because of his previous knee and eye injuries.
Moreover, with Dwight Howard resting and Kendrick Perkins recovering from a torn ACL, Team USA has been adding players upfront: in the last week bringing in Robin Lopez, Brook's brother; Tyson Chandler; and JaVale McGee. The team held its first training session Tuesday in Las Vegas.
Now comes word that Robin, too, has dropped out, making Brook's chances of making the team--and starting--almost certain.
- Knicks Keep Stoudemire Off National Team - Jonathan Abrams - New York Times
- Knicks Keep Stoudemire Off National Team - AP
Amar'e Stoudemire, Robin Lopez to Skip World Championships - Chris Tomasson - FanHouse
- Robin Lopez latest to pull out of Team USA - Kurt Helin - NBC Sports
Another Early Setback for Team USA - John Schuhmann - NBA.com
Warriors' Lee injures middle finger - Chris Sheridan - ESPN
- NETS: Lopez Looking to Make USA Basketball Cut - Ben Couch - New Jersey Nets
- Redeem Team out of sight, out of mind - Chris Sheridan - ESPN
Durant aims for golden moment at worlds - Marc J. Spears - Yahoo! Sports
USA begins building a whole new team this week in Vegas - John Schuhmann - NBA.com