Rui Hachimura to sit out final two games of FIBA World Cup

NBA.com Global on Sep 06, 2019 02:23 PM
Rui Hachimura to sit out final two games of FIBA World Cup
Japan's Rui Hachimura tries to dunk during a Group E match against the United States for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, Pool)

Washington Wizards press release

STATEMENT FROM JBA ON RUI HACHIMURA’S STATUS

“The Wizards and Japan Basketball have been operating under a carefully created load management plan to protect Rui’s health after a long NCAA season, the NBA draft and the NBA summer league. Rui experienced knee discomfort and general fatigue during the World Cup, which we have jointly monitored with the Wizards. While everyone had hoped for Rui to finish the World Cup with Team Japan, the Wizards and Japan Basketball believe it is best for Rui to not play the final two games and have a short period of rest before he must start NBA training camp with the Wizards which begins only three weeks from now. The Wizards and Japan Basketball will continue to work together on Rui’s long term development throughout the NBA season and leading into Rui’s participation in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”

STATEMENT FROM RUI HACHIMURA

“I love Team Japan. This was a difficult decision for the Wizards, Japan Basketball, and myself to make. I am still learning about my body and trust that the Wizards and Japan Basketball are doing everything they can to help me be the best I can be for the NBA season and the 2020 Olympics.”

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