Marvin Bagley III gets added to Team USA National Team roster

Ross Houston
August 12, 2019

The two players cut from the senior roster were Bam Adebayo and Thaddeus Young.

Although he will now surely not make it onto Team USA's roster for the upcoming World Cup in China, the experience, and getting to consistently compete against some of the best young players in practice each day will undoubtedly help Adebayo in his third season in the league. "We have two weeks to decide who will be the final 12".

"Forty-eight hours before Game 1 in China is when we have to submit a roster so we want to make sure everyone gets a real shot", Colangelo said. "The staff is sorting through all of that".

The team now has 17 players on the roster, with injured guards Kyle Lowry (thumb) and Marcus Smart (calf) to be reexamined early next week.

USA Basketball needs to cut that group down to 12 before it opens the tournament September 1 against the Czech Republic in Shanghai, and it sounds as if the braintrust plans to take its time in doing so.

The Senior Team beat the Select Team 97-78 in Friday night's scrimmage.

Donovan Mitchell, who started in the backcourt with Walker, also played well with eight points and four assists.

Everybody who was supposed to play did, new US coach Gregg Popovich got to tinker with a lot of combinations and no one got seriously hurt - thankfully, there was no reprise of the scene like the one five years ago during a USA Basketball exhibition game in Las Vegas, when Paul George suffered a frightful lower leg injury.

Jayson Tatum and Bam Adebayo share a laugh during the 2019 USA Basketball Men's National Team Training Camp at Mendenhall Center on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus on August 06, 2019 in Las Vegas Nevada. The Kings guard is one of 17 finalists for the World Cup team. I think our guys are making progress, having never played together before. Showing great effort, doing a good job in a lot of different ways, just trying to get used to each other and form a team. "[Friday] was another step".

After practices next week, the US will play Spain in an exhibition in Anaheim, California, on August 16 before flying to Australia the next day.

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