With many of the usual suspects bowing out of the U.S. men’s national basketball team for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, that put some of the Boston Celtics core at center stage with Team USA.
Team Shamrock has drawn plenty of attention, with C’s newcomer Kemba Walker joining Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart at training camp as they gear up for China, and their first season together with the Green.
Many believed Walker would be the favorite to run the point for Gregg Popovich’s team, with Tatum also making a case to be in the starting five. But if you ask ESPN, they have other ideas.
ESPN posted a “possible” lineup to Twitter on Tuesday, and left out Walker and Tatum, opting for De’Aaron Fox and Donovan Mitchell at the guard spots, Khris Middleton and P.J. Tucker at forward and Brook Lopez at center.
Well, that’s … interesting.
Hey, maybe Grant Williams had a point when he said the Celtics are underrated at the moment.
All four Celtics made the most recent rounds of cuts, while Smart remains sidelined with an injury. But there still is some time before we find out who the starting five actually will be when Team USA takes the floor.
The World Cup begins Aug. 31.
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