The new LA Lakers star Anthony Davis will not be part of the USA Basketball training camp. According to his agent, Rich Paul, Davis removed his name from consideration for the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Davis wants to spend the offseason preparing for a championship run with the Lakers. Rich Paul confirmed Davis’ decision to 9DollarPerHead.com. However, the NBA superstar is still part of the team competing in the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Davis was part of the 2012 gold medal team in the London Olympics. The Lakers acquired Davis through a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans. Also, the Lakers gave Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Josh Hart, along with several draft picks to the Pelicans.
Although Anthony Davis begged out of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, he still plans to attend the training camp in Las Vegas to support the team. According to Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball chairman, he will choose the roster from a pool of 20 players.
Pay per head sources said Gregg Popovich will be the head coach for USA Basketball. Also, his assistants are Lloyd Pierce, Jay Wright, and Steve Kerr. It is the first tournament in which Coach Popovich will head the team. He takes the helm as the successor to Mike Krzyzewski.
FIBA changed the World Cup format where several qualifying windows overlapped two NBA regular seasons. However, the NBA doesn’t allow its players to participate in the tournament qualifiers during the season. As a result, USA Basketball used a roster of NBA G League players to the qualifiers. Jeff Van Gundy coached Team USA.
Now that it is the main event, NBA stars are expected to be part of the team. Sportsbook outsourcing insiders learned some of the big names who will take part in the training camp. They include James Harden, Donovan Mitchell, Kemba Walker, LaMarcus Aldridge, and more.