CJ McCollum Portland Trail Blazers
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CJ McCollum tried to explain why many NBA stars decided to withdraw their participation from Team USA roster for the Basketball World Cup.

Here is what the star of the Portland Trail Blazers told Adrian Wojnarowski of the ESPN:

“I think other guys looked at it like: ‘Why would I go and potentially be the face of a losing roster?’

Or the workload part. If we all play, the workload is less — 20-25 minutes, you get blowouts, you’re moving on. A lot of guys don’t play, your minutes might go up, your usage might go up, and that affects your summer as you go into March when that crash comes.

January is where that crash comes before the All-Star break and then after the All-Star break, guys start to break down in March and April. Those extra miles and summertime hours.

I’ve led the league in miles or close to it every year, I don’t want to run around in Australia or China and then come back and have to get ready for the season when I can be strategically planning my workload.”

14 NBA superstars decided to skip the tournament.