Just days after Blake Griffin announced that he would not be part of Team USA for the upcoming FIBA World Cup, Team USA has lost another star power forward as Kevin Love has decided that with all the uncertainty surrounding where he will play next season it is best for him to not be part of the team in Spain.
Kevin Love is pulling out of Team USA because of uncertainty surrounding his status with Wolves.
— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) July 26, 2014
League sources told AP of Love’s decision to pull out of World Cup this morning. Just can’t risk injury right now. — Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) July 26, 2014
The decision leaves Team USA with just four true big men left on the preliminary roster that must be cut down to 12 players by the time the team starts play in the World Cup. Those four players include New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis, Sacramento Kings star center DeMarcus Cousins, Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried and Detroit Pistons emerging young center Andre Drummond.
Looking at the list it seems almost certain that Love’s decision has locked Davis into a starting role for the team as he is the only one of the group to have been part of a national team before and he is also the best player of the group. The decision could also mean Davis sees a fair share of minutes at center in Spain as Team USA likes to play small often with Kevin Durant at power forward to spread the floor and Davis will provide shot blocking, an important part of playing small ball, that no other big man besides Drummond could do.
Team USA training camp starts July 28th in Las Vegas and runs until August 1st before the team plays some exhibition contests throughout the rest of August and heads to Spain to start play on August 30th.