NBA/Memphis Grizzlies(NEW YORK) — Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay joined the U.S. national basketball team Friday, a day after forward Kevin Durant withdrew from the squad.
“We both felt he would be a valuable addition because of his outstanding skills and the fact that he is so familiar with USA Basketball and our national team program,” USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo said when talking about his and head coach Mike Krzyzewski talks about adding Gay to the team. “Rudy has been an integral member of USA Basketball since 2005 and was a tremendous contributor to our 2010 world championship team. He has a lot of equity in the USA Basketball national team.”
During that 2010 world championships, Gay averaged seven points per game while coming off the bench. He was also one of the final cuts made by the 2012 Olympic team.
Team USA will start practicing again Thursday in Chicago as they prepare for the FIBA World Cup, which begins Aug. 30 in Spain.
“I am extremely excited to once again be part of Team USA and its rich tradition,” Gay said. “I can’t wait to join my teammates in Chicago and work hard to make certain the USA takes home the gold in Spain.”
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