The Managing Director of Team USA, Jerry Colangelo, referred to the situation with the NBA stars that have decided to skip the Basketball World Cup.
Here is what Colangelo told Marc Stein of the New York Times:
“I would like to keep the focus on who is there, not on who’s not there. I think we’re going to be fine. Don’t judge a book by its cover.
Out of this — I don’t want to call it adversity — out of these circumstances comes opportunity for the young guys. Some young guys who I think are ready to bust out.”
13 NBA stars have withdrawn their participation from the Basketball World Cup so far.