Russell Westbrook Withdraws from USA Basketball Player Pool
(NEW YORK) -- Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has decided to withdraw from the USA Basketball player pool for the World Cup in Spain this summer. Westbrook had previously indicated he would play for Team USA, who took home the gold in the 2012 Olympics and gold at the 2010 World Championships in Turkey.
While the team could benefit from Westbrook's presence, he's battled injuries this past season. He was limited to just 46 games during the 2013-2014 after having two arthroscopic procedures on his surgically repaired right knee.
A commitment to Team USA includes a July training camp, an exhibition schedule in August and then the tournament in September.
Westbrook's health isn't an issue, but he's being cautious as he wants to be fully healthy heading into next season.
One of the more exciting players in the NBA, Westbrook averaged 21.8 points, 6.9 assists, and 5.7 rebounds per game last season.
Even though the United States would welcome Westbrook with open arms, they're still loaded with talent. Replacing Westbrook could be Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, and Damian Lillard.
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