Last month, it seemed as if Team USA Basketball would be scrambling to find talented players. Now, it appears the team is relieved to have new faces on the roster for the upcoming FIBA World Cup.
In July, Team USA lost a plethora of superstars as most of them decided to withdraw from the process. The marquee names from that group were Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard and James Harden.
Although this year’s roster isn’t loaded with firepower compared to past teams, it does have household names in Kemba Walker and Donovan Mitchell.
Walker isn’t just one of the best players on the 2019 Team USA roster, he’s also one of the few veterans participating.
Having the All-Star guard on the roster should give them a reliable guard capable of handling the pressure of playing in the World Cup. It’ll be a tremendous opportunity for Walker to prove he can thrive on a team with high expectations, which is something he’ll have to manage on the Boston Celtics.
Despite the fact that Walker won’t have a bunch of co-stars alongside him, the former UConn product is actually looking on the bright side that a bunch of players pulled out of the process.
He believes it’s his chance for other emerging talent and himself to showcase their skill.
From NBC Sports:
“This is like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a lot of us. I think a lot of us are happy those guys pulled out. This is our chance, this is our chance to get on the big stage and showcase our talents. It’s a chance for us to do something new, to be a new-look team.”
Team USA is facing doubts for the first time in over a decade. It obviously has to do with superstar talent electing to sit out this year’s international play.
It’ll be interesting to see how this new-look squad handles all the pressure that comes with representing their country.