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James Harden not playing for Team USA in World Cup

James Harden Visits China

BEIJING, CHINA - JUNE 22: James Harden of the Houston Rockets meets fans at Beijing University of Technology on June 22, 2019 in Beijing, China. (Photo by An Likun/VCG via Getty Images)

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James Harden said he wanted to play for Team USA in the 2019 World Cup.

But the Rockets star has apparently changed his mind.

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

Houston definitely has a big season ahead. A Harden-Russell Westbrook backcourt is unlike any in NBA history. There’s a lot to figure out.

The Americans will still be favored in China. But they’re down to just six five 2019 All-Stars in consideration for the final roster:

  • Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers)
  • Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
  • Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)
  • Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets)
  • Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors)

And Lowry is injured.

At least the U.S. is loaded at point guard with Lillard, Walker and maybe Lowry. Plenty of wings and even bigs set to attend USA Basketball’s training camp are stars who are also comfortable handling the ball.