Sad, sad news. It appears Team USA is comfortable with just one true center on the roster (Tyson Chandler). JaVale McGee announced the news via Twitter:
The Bad new is….. I got cut from the USA team :(… But i get to go back and work out again and get better for the wizards
I’m glad McGee is staying upbeat through it all. Remember, he was originally cut at the beginning of August, then was added back to the team, only to be cut again. That’s tough to deal with.
I still feel like McGee’s uptempo game would have meshed nicely with Team USA. The roster as a whole is undersized, and Coach K has said time and time again he wants his players to push the ball.
Still, McGee was making some costly mistakes in his return to the team that the coaches may not have liked. I read an interesting story on www.truthaboutit.net that points out some of those errors. Read it here.
Moving forward, I remain hopeful that McGee can make the leap to center stardom. The NBA is chalk full of average big men, but few elite guys. McGee has the raw talent to join the upper echelon of seven footers. It’s up to him to reach that potential.