The FIBA Basketball World Cup is just over a week away, but unfortunately for Washington Wizards fans, Drew Gooden will not be suiting up for Finland in the tournament.
According to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post, Drew Gooden’s application for a dual citizenship will not be cleared in time for the tournament, which will leave him off the 12-man roster.
Drew Gooden will not be able to represent Finland in the upcoming FIBA World Cup because his application for dual citizenship will not be cleared in time for the tournament, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
Drew Gooden was added to the Washington Wizards’ roster late in the season after Brazilian big man, Nene, went down with injury. To everyone’s surprise, including myself, Drew Gooden played at a really high level and earned himself a contract with the Washington Wizards for this upcoming NBA season.
I honestly didn’t even know that Drew Gooden was half Finnish, but it seems like he has strong ties to the country. Castillo added that Drew Gooden spent time with his mother in Finland, where he got to know a lot of his distant family members.
Now that John Wall and Bradley Beal were cut from Team USA, Kevin Seraphin decided to not participate with the French national team and Drew Gooden won’t play for Finland, Nene will be the only Washington Wizard to play in the FIBA Basketball World Cup.