US trims roster to 13 by cutting Green, McGee

Posted: 15/08/2010 in NBA

USA Basketball cuts roster to 13

USA Basketball announced Sunday it has trimmed its roster to 13 for its 2010 USA World Championship Team.

The  15 initial  finalists  were pared  down  by two  after  the team  removed Oklahoma  City’s Jeff Green and Washington’s JaVale McGee from the roster. The official roster of 12 players must be submitted to FIBA by August 27.

The  2010 FIBA  World Championship will be held August 28 through September 12 in Turkey.

“It’s  always difficult  to have to pare down and make these decisions because each  of  these young men have  given their time and  energy to be part of USA Basketball,”  said USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo. “The decision made was  predicated on  having  less players  to  work with  and  play during  the upcoming  exhibition games which will help in terms of our final preparations. So  rather than  bring 14 or 15 players  we will for now go with 13 because we have yet to make a final determination on 12.”

The  team  spent this  past  week  training in  New  York,  and will  play  an exhibition  contest Sunday  at Madison  Square Garden  against France.  The 13 finalists  will then  travel to  Madrid, Spain  to practice  before playing  a series of friendlies in advance of the world championships.

– Stephen (DS LLC.)

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