Zion Williamson, Tobias Harris the latest Team USA withdrawals
NBA.com Global on Jul 23, 2019 07:37 AM
FILE - New Orleans Pelicans' Zion Williamson (1) reacts during the team's NBA summer league basketball game against the New York Knicks on Friday, July 5, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Steve Marcus)
NBA.com staff report
No. 1 Draft pick Zion Williamson has withdrawn from Team USA and and FIBA World Cup play to keep his focus on preparing for the upcoming NBA season, according to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic
Williamson joins a growing number of players who, either for personal reasons or to focus on the rapidly approaching NBA season, have decided not to participate this summer with USA Basketball.
News of Sixers forward Tobias Harris withdrawing also was reported Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) by Charania.
Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris has withdrawn from USA Basketball’s training camp and FIBA World Cup play to continue focus on preparing for upcoming NBA season, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 22, 2019
Earlier Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), word of Bradley Beal's withdrawal was reported by ESPN's Brian Windhorst. Beal's wife is expecting his second son during the training period for the competition, which runs from Aug. 31-Sept. 15.
During the previous week or so, James Harden, Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon and CJ McCollum reportedly decided not to compete in the World Cup this year.