A slew of NBA All-Stars have said no to the USA Basketball program for this summer’s Olympics, but Isaiah Thomas is practically begging for a shot at making the team.
Thomas, 27, tweeted that he’d love to even get a tryout invite.
I wish I could get a chance to play on the USA team! Looking at the history of it I've never seen a small guard get selected 2 even try out
— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas) June 10, 2016
Russell Westbrook and James Harden are the latest to bow out of the Rio Games.
Per the AP:
Russell Westbrook said Friday he wouldn’t play for the Americans in Rio, just days after Stephen Curry also withdrew from consideration. […] Westbrook decided not to play after talking with his family. He didn’t give a reason for pulling out in his statement released through the Oklahoma City Thunder.
But with their absences after Chris Paul declined to play and John Wall was injured, the two-time defending gold medalists are down to just Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving, Portland’s Damian Lillard and Memphis’ Mike Conley at that position.
Irving was the MVP when the Americans won gold in Spain two years ago. […] The Americans plan to announce their 12-player roster on June 27. USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said earlier this week that he was considering 14 or 15 players from the original pool.