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Team USA Chief Jerry Colangelo Calls Out Players Who Dropped From Roster

(via Sports Illustrated)

(via Sports Illustrated)

After losing back-to-back games against France and Serbia in the FIBA World Cup, Team USA is set to finish with the worst tournament showing in program history, facing a seventh-place game Saturday against Poland.

In light of their worst performance ever, Team USA chief Jerry Colangelo called out stars who dropped from the roster after previously making a commitment to play.

"I can only say, you can't help but notice and remember who you thought you were going to war with and who didn't show up," Colangelo told reporters Thursday (via The Associated Press). "I'm a firm believer that you deal with the cards you're dealt. All we could have done, and we did it, is get the commitments from a lot of players. So with that kind of a hand you feel reasonably confident that you're going to be able to put a very good representative team on the court."

Only four out of 35 players initially invited to represent Team USA in the World Cup actually played in China, leaving the team with (arguably) the weakest roster in team history. In fact, only two players currently on the team were NBA All-Stars last season.

So, with Team USA set to finish with their worst showing ever, one has to think that the guys who dropped out are at least partly responsible. Colangelo certainly seems to think so.

It will be interesting to see how things change next time, and which guys will actually show up to redeem our once-unstoppable world cup squad.