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Wizards’ Rui Hachimura exits World Cup due to load management

Japan National Team Training Session - FIBA World Cup 2019

SHANGHAI, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 02: Rui Hachimura of team Japan laughs during a training session of 2019 FIBA World Cup at Shanghai Oriental Sports Center on September 02, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Yifan Ding/Getty Images)

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The Washington Wizards drafted Rui Hachimura No. 9 overall in the 2019 NBA draft, and we don’t know exactly what that means for this team moving forward. The Wizards still have John Wall under contract, with his Albatross of a salary cap figure looming over them. Meanwhile, Bradley Beal is a burgeoning superstar but it’s not clear whether he will remain in the District of Columbia long-term.

To that end, it appears that Washington and the Japanese national team are monitoring Hachimura’s stress load this summer. In a release put out on Thursday, it was announced that Hachimura would not finish the rest of the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China due to load management.

Japan was eliminated from the championship bracket, and is now in what’s called the Classification Round.

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Japan will play New Zealand and then Montenegro in their final two games of World Cup play.

As much as Kobe Bryant may complain about players taking time off, it seems that now even guys who have not played a single minute of NBA basketball are already under load management.