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John Wall: Team USA has ‘different atmosphere’ with Gregg Popovich succeeding Mike Krzyzewski

2018 USA Basketball Men's National Team Minicamp

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 26: John Wall #38 of the United States shoots during a practice session at the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s National Team minicamp at the Mendenhall Center at UNLV on July 26, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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John Wall said he wasn’t give a fair shot to make Team USA for the 2014 World Cup. Then, he (correctly) predicted he wouldn’t make the 2016 Olympic roster, either.

If the Wizards star resented USA Basketball, he’s using Gregg Popovich succeeding Mike Krzyzewski as coach as an opportunity to move on.

Ben Standing of The Sports Capitol:

Jerry Colangelo remains managing director. So, it isn’t a completely new regime.

Nor is it a different landscape for Wall’s roster competition. The Americans are loaded at point guard. Beyond Wall, the player pool for the 2019 World Cup and 2020 Olympic includes:

  • Stephen Curry
  • James Harden
  • Kyrie Irving
  • Russell Westbrook
  • Chris Paul
  • Damian Lillard
  • Kyle Lowry
  • Kemba Walker
  • Mike Conley
  • Isaiah Thomas

If Wall is committed to making Team USA, he has a chance. But the bar is quite high.