Do NBA players care about USA basketball anymore? | The Tylt
The biggest stars in the NBA withdrew from participating in the FIBA World Cup and it may have contributed to USA Basketball suffering their first official loss since 2006. With the lack of interest from the NBA's top dogs, it appears that the USA Basketball renaissance that began in 2008 has come and gone, leaving an apathetic group of NBA players uninterested in making the USA a dominant force. Still, the team is getting All-Star level talent, so some players care. What do you think? 🏀
Do NBA players care about USA basketball anymore?
Before the FIBA World Cup, the NBA's brightest stars were dropping out like flies, opting not to participate in Team USA Basketball. It's not like a majority of them were hurt or anything (well, some were), but others were using a pretty lame excuse like "preparing for the upcoming season" to get out of representing their country.
The days of players like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James dominating international basketball are over. The current NBA stars don't care about being undeniably the best in the world anymore.
Losing in the FIBA World Cup is not a big deal. Everyone knows it's the Olympics is what everybody cares about, so when that tournament rolls around, the stars will really show up.
Even still, USA Basketball still got All-Star level players like Kemba Walker and Khris Middleton to be part of the team. It's not like all of the stars were absent for the FIBA World Cup. These players still care and want to represent our country.