Toronto Raptor guard Kyle Lowry unfortunately announces his withdrawal for the upcoming FIBA 2019 World Cup.
The point guard had offseason thumb surgery done, to repair a torn tendon, and confirmed the situation on his Instagram account earlier today:
This is an status update message regarding the 2019 Fiba World Cup.
I was hoping be cleared and ready for the tournament but I Was not cleared for full basketball activities. I was hoping to be available in time to help my country in their quest for gold this upcoming tournament. I love playing for USAB but i have to sit this one out and support the team from home. At the end of the day I believe the men that are playing will be great and will win the gold for our country... GO USAB!! 🇺🇸 🇺🇸
Lowry was on the 2016 squad that clinched gold in the Olympics, and his unavailability further depletes the veteran depth on this iteration of Team USA, opening the door wider for Australia to obtain a medal. At the same time, it creates further disappointment for the upcoming exhibition games.
Team USA roster (12 to be chosen for World Cup)
De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento
Joe Harris, Brooklyn
Donovan Mitchell, Utah
Marcus Smart, Boston
Kemba Walker, Boston
Derrick White, San Antonio
Harrison Barnes, Sacramento
Jaylen Brown, Boston
Kyle Kuzma, L.A. Lakers
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee
Jayson Tatum, Boston
P.J. Tucker, Houston
Brook Lopez, Milwaukee
Mason Plumlee, Denver
Myles Turner, Indiana
International Basketball Series game schedule
Australian Boomers vs Canada Basketball, Friday 16 August 2019 , 7:30pm
Australian Boomers vs Canada Basketball, Saturday 17 August 2019 , 7:30pm
Canada Basketball vs New Zealand, Tuesday 20 August 2019 , 7:30pm
Canada Basketball vs New Zealand, Wednesday 21 August 2019 , 7:30pm
Australian Boomers vs USA Basketball, Thursday 22 August 2019 , 7:30pm
Australian Boomers vs USA Basketball, Saturday 24 August 2019, 2:00pm
USA Basketball vs Canada Basketball, Monday 26 August 2019, 7:30pm
All times are denoted in AEST. Games are available for viewing via SBS.