Another Early Setback for Team USA

Posted by John Schuhmann


LAS VEGAS — Amar’e Stoudemire is out. Robin Lopez is out. And Team USA’s stable of big men took another blow about an hour into their first training session Tuesday.

New Warriors power forward David Lee injured his right middle finger (his non-shooting hand) in practice, further damaging the team’s stock of big men.

In the middle of a scrimmage against the Select team of college players, Lee went up to block a shot and caught his finger on the backboard and/or the ball on his way down. After making the outlet pass, Lee looked down at his finger and saw the damage.

“I looked down and the finger was completely turned to the side,” he said afterward.

Lee will travel to the Bay Area Tuesday night and will be evaluated by the Warriors’ medical staff Wednesday morning. He will definitely return to Las Vegas after that, but his status for Wednesday’s session (and for the rest of the summer as well) is very much in the air.

“It’s hopefully something I can splint up and play with,” he said. “That’s up the doctors to decide.”

If the doctors decide that Lee has to shut it down, the Team USA roster will be down to just 19 players and just four true paint players: Tyson Chandler, Brook Lopez, Kevin Love and JaVale McGee, who was a last-minute edition to the roster when the Knicks decided to pull Stoudemire from camp.

“David wants to play,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said, “but we’ll see what happens.”

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  1. OldSkool says:

    Well, if nobody else wants Shaq then maybe he can get a game with the USA “B” team that will be representing the States at this year’s World Championships. Let’s face it, if every player in the NBA was willing to play at the World Championships then most of the guys at the training camp wouldn’t have even been invited (Durant & Rose obvious exceptions with a couple of others maybe getting a look in). I guess at the 2012 Olympics we’ll see Redeem Team 2, with the team the US will be sending to this World Championships I think they’ll be lucky to escape with a bronze medal.
    Could be a good year for Spain, first the Soccer World Cup and now the Basketball World Chapionships (as long as all their stars decide to play).

  2. Rick says:

    Can somebody (anybody!) please call LaMarcus Aldridge and tell him to grow a pair! His country needs him.

  3. Being born a New Yorker.. I still wish David Lee went to New Jersey:(

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