Rajon Rondo has “withdrawn” from Team USA, finalizing the 12-man roster that will travel to Turkey for the World Championships.
“Rajon came to us and said he was going to withdraw from the team,” said team director Jerry Colangelo,”that he had some family matters to attend to and some things to take care of before the NBA season. He did an outstanding job during our training, we appreciate the effort and commitment he made to our program and he completely has our support.”
Rondo travelled to Athens, Greece with the team for the last exhibition game before the World Championships begin on August 28th in Istanbul, Turkey. In an interview this morning on ESPN.com, Rondo admitted he was on the bubble, but made no mention of his family committments, or his plans to withdraw from the team.
“It’s what’s best for the country,” Rondo told Chris Sheridan of ESPN.com. “It’s part of it. We knew coming in it was still tryouts until we make the team that goes to Turkey.”
Rondo had started each exhibition game before playing poorly against Lithuania. Rondo did not play in USA’s win Sunday against Spain.
So why would Rondo tavel with the team to Greece, if he planned on withdrawing from the team? Why would he talk about being on the bubble in his interview with ESPN.com–without mentioning his plans to withdraw? I think you’d have to ask Colangelo. It all sounds like a bunch of bullshit to me. Rondo got cut. Say it like is Colangelo, you’re not sparing anybody’s feelings.
The final 12-man roster for Team USA: Chauncey Billups (Denver Nuggets); Tyson Chandler (Dallas Mavericks); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies); Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers); Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers); Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder.