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Members of Team USA continue to drop like flies, Amar'e Stoudemire now doubtful for World Championships

Jul 20, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

When LeBron James decided he was too cool to play for Team USA this summer, it seemed inevitable that all the cool kids would follow suit. Though guys like Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Carmelo Anthony may have been leaders on their own clubs, during the summer all things go through LeBron.

Yet Team USA’s roster issues have become a bit more complicated. Not only will the team’s top players sit out the summer to recover from injury/deal with personal issues/do whatever it is they’d rather be doing, but Rajon Rondo won’t even return their phone calls and now Amar’e Stoudemire, one of the few stars actually committed to playing in the FIBA World Championships this year, may be a no-go.

From Chris Sheridan of ESPN.com:

Stoudemire underwent knee and eye surgeries while playing for the Phoenix Suns, but it was believed he was fully recovered from both conditions.

But the company that insures Knicks players’ contracts communicated its doubts, and it now appears Stoudemire will be unavailable for Team USA at the World Championship in Turkey in late August and early September.

Further details on Stoudemire’s status were expected to be disclosed Tuesday, when Team USA was scheduled to hold its first practice.

If Stoudemire isn’t available, the national team’s already slim crop at center becomes that much slimmer. Tyson Chandler and JaVale McGee were recent additions to the Team USA mini-camp, which should tell you just where the program is in regard to bigs. Vying for a spot as the team’s starting center will be Brook Lopez, Robin Lopez, Kevin Love, and David Lee, and while all are fine NBA players, each has flaws that could easily be exposed in the international game.

  1. Dock - Jul 20, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Why would these guys want to play during there time off to spend with family, friends and vacation? Not to mention that the 82 plus game season is a grind and their bodies need rest. Get the college players and tell Jerry to get a job!

  2. J. McCann - Jul 20, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    I have no problem with this and understand what a big commitment it is. Let the young guys get the exposure and learning experience.
    But if they lose, then we need to get the band back together for the following Olympics.

  3. Larry - Jul 20, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    I don’t think Jerry needs a job. He’s almost 70 owns a five star resort and 2 golf course. Two more Golf courses at another 5 star resort. He’s doing this for his country.

  4. D-Mack - Jul 20, 2010 at 9:35 PM

    why are you making it seem like its Lebron too blame. The FIBA Championships always feature the B-squad All-Stars. Plus, I’m sure NBA teams don’t want these guys playing anyway.

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