Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins, Klay Thompson likely to skip FIBA World Cup
The USA men’s national basketball team might not have a single Golden State Warriors player for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China in August. According to Mark Medina of The Mercury News, Warriors stars Klay Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins are unlikely to play for the national team this summer. The USA men’s basketball team will be defending their world title in the World Cup from August 31 to September 15.
Thompson said that he is still unsure about participating in the USA Basketball Camp. The sharp-shooting guard insisted that he is not yet thinking about it at this point, as he is still focused on their campaign this season. Thompson and the Warriors are currently down, 2-3, in the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.
On the other hand, Cousins gave a definitive answer, confirming that he will not play for flag and country this year. He said that he has a lot of things to focus on, which will likely include his next destination and his health after their current campaign in the finals.
“I got a lot of catching up to do this summer,” Cousins said. “That will be my main focus is that. So probably not this summer.”
Kevin Durant is also expected to skip the 2019 FIBA World Cup after sustaining a ruptured Achilles in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals on Monday. Stephen Curry and Draymond Green are also reportedly unlikely to join Steve Kerr, who will be one of the assistants of head coach Gregg Popovich, in China this summer.