As was expected, Tyreke Evans along with O.J. Mayo, JaVale McGee & Gerald Wallace were all cut from the World Championships roster, according to John Schuhmann. Evans was a long shot to make the team had he stayed healthy, but the ankle injury early in camp all but sealed his fate from the start. And in all honesty, great as Reke is playing the NBA style game, I’m not sure how well his game would have translated into the more Euro/World style of ball. His strength and size would have dominated, but his lack of a consistent outside shot could have created some struggles for him, IMO – especially with the overload of talent on the USA roster.
I know I said it before, and it’s oh so very selfish of me as a King fan – but I’d rather see Reke healthy and getting ready for the Sacramento Kings season than the World Championships. An 82 game grind is awfully rough, and even though he did so last year (and passed with flying colors) any added “downtime” will benefit him in the long run. His off-season training is more than enough to keep him in shape without getting too worn down come the grinds of a nightly 82 game stretch of double and triple teams.
[thinks out-loud]Huh. That last sentence sounds like the life of a pornstar…[/thinks out-loud]