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Russell Westbrook won’t join Team USA in World Cup

Jul 7, 2014, 9:44 PM EDT

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Russell Westbrook has undergone three knee surgeries in the last 15 months.

As the 2014 playoffs approached, it wasn’t even certain Westbrook could play without a minute limit in the postseason.

The Thunder star could use a break this summer – and he’ll take one.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has withdrawn from USA Basketball’s roster for the World Cup in Spain this summer, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Westbrook, 25, still has hopes of playing in the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, sources said.

I doubt Westbrook came to decision lightly. He played for the 2012 gold-medal championship team, and he wanted to play this summer.

When Team USA released its roster pool for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, I ranked Westbrook No. 10 most likely to make the Olympic team. The United States has a deep selection of point guards – including Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving and Derrick Rose.

One of them can fill Westbrook’s spot this summer. If the replacement does well enough, Westbrook might need to re-earn his place in time for 2016.

  1. sportsfan18 - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Pop does not agree with this…

    Russ, the great Pop says you should play (and play and play and play)…

  2. cmart0907 - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Good move. Rest your knees young fella. We’ll win gold either way.

  3. chicagosports2014 - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Russell want a ring. He got a medal already. Like he said “cmart” we gonna win anyway.

  4. yesser12 - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    I think he is fine with his gold medal. Let one of the younger players in the league get on the team and get a gold. Russ wants that ring.

  5. lakerade - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Wise. Save it, the best is yet to come.

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