Rajon Rondo Withdraws from Team USA, Cites ‘Family Matters’


Rajon Rondo won’t be playing for Team USA.

The Celtics’ star withdrew from the U.S. national basketball team before the squad finalized its roster for the world championships, according to The Associated Press.

Rondo started for the Americans in their first two exhibition games, then didn’t play at all Sunday during the team’s win over Spain.

According to USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo, Rondo offered to withdraw because he had “some family matters to attend to and some things to take care of before the NBA season,” ESPN.com reports. 

The final 12-man roster, which will have a tuneup match against Greece on Wednesday, includes Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Rudy Gay, Lamar Odom, Chauncey Billups, Danny Granger, Russell Westbrook, Eric Gordon, Stephen Curry, Kevin Love, Tyson Chandler and Andre Iguodala.

The world championships start Saturday in Turkey and run through Sept. 12.

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