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P.J. Tucker Withdraws From Team USA

Rockets forward sprained his left ankle

August 16, 2019 - 4:56 pm

Rockets forward P.J. Tucker has withdrawn from consideration to be on USA Basketball's FIBA World Cup team after re-aggrivating a left ankle injury at practice Thursday.

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Tucker was one of 15 players competing for 12 spots on the team that will compete in China in the competition that begins August 31. He told Fox 26 that he originally injured his ankle in an exhibition game last week.

“It’s hard to have an injury in this situation,” Tucker told Fox26. “USA Basketball is such a big deal. But then to have the NBA season coming up, it’s tough. It’s always hard for me, because I want to play.

“As bad as I want to play for USA, (with) the Rockets, it’s a big season for me,” Tucker added. “Selfishly, I want to play for USA. It stinks.”

Tucker is the third Rocket to withdraw from the Team USA. James Harden and Eric Gordon did so earlier this summer in order to prepare for the upcoming NBA season.