NBA: Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry steps back from Team USA

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Team USA loses another player for the 2019 FIBA World Cup as Raptors' Kyle Lowry backs out because of his thumb surgery.

Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors’ point guard, on Monday steps back from being part of the Team USA that will be sent for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China

Lowry has gone through a surgery for the torn tendon of his left thumb over three weeks ago, hoping that he could play for the team. However, his surgeon said on Monday that he would not recover in time. 

“I was hoping [to] be cleared and ready for the tournament but I was not cleared for full basketball activities,” Lowry said in his Instagram post.

“I love playing for USAB but I have to sit this one out and support the team from home,”  he added. 

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Go USAB!! 🇺🇸🇺🇸

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The Raptors star will currently focus on getting back to his health by the start of the new NBA season. On October 22, his team will start defending their NBA title with a home game against the New Orleans Pelicans

Lowry gained an average point of 14.2 and 8.7 assists last season for the Raptors while he averaged 15 points and 6.6 assists in 24 in the postseason. 

On another note, Marvin Bagley III of Sacramento Kings withdrew from the team earlier Monday, leaving the Team USA with 15 players competing for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Here is the final list of the players:

Guards: 

  • De’Aaron Fox (Sacramento)
  • Joe Harris (Brooklyn)
  • Donovan Mitchell (Utah)
  • Marcus Smart (Boston) 
  • Kemba Walker (Boston)
  • Derrick White (San Antonio)

Forwards:

  • Harrison Barnes (Sacramento) 
  • Jaylen Brown (Boston) 
  • Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers) 
  • Khris Middleton (Milwaukee) 
  • Jayson Tatum (Boston) 
  • P.J. Tucker (Houston)

Centers:

  • Brook Lopez (Milwaukee) 
  • Mason Plumlee (Denver) 
  • Myles Turner (Indiana)

This year’s FIBA World Cup is set on August 31 through September 15 in Shanghai. USA’s team will compete against Czech Republic on its first game scheduled on September 1.

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