Tyreke Evans Looks Done for the Summer From Team USA
The Sacramento guard, who suffered a sprained left ankle in Tuesday's first practice of training camp that wiped him out for the week, is resigned to the fact he won't be invited back for the Aug. 10-16 training camp in New York and for the World Championship, Aug. 28-Sept. 12 in Turkey.
"It happened at the wrong time, but I just got to ice it and get better and get ready for the regular season,'' Evans said in an interview Friday with FanHouse, after he missed his third straight day of practice and was ruled out for Saturday's public scrimmage that concludes the first camp. "I know I probably won't make (the team). I didn't even play. That wouldn't be fair to the guys who played. I'll just go home and rest and get ready for next year.''
USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo pretty much agreed Evans' summer is over with the team.
"It's pretty evident it's hard to give him the kind of consideration if he hasn't been able to participate, but we haven't made any final decisions,'' Colangelo told FanHouse.
Told Evans himself believes his summer is over, Colangelo was even stronger.
"I think so,'' Colangelo said. "It's a bad break for him to come up with the injury. But we've had a few bad breaks (since camp started last Tuesday, namely big men Robin Lopez and David Lee being lost due to injures and Amar'e Stoudemire due to insurance trouble).''
Evans said he hurt his ankle when he came down on the foot of North Carolina forward Tyler Zeller, a member of the college select team. While Evans said he could be healthy enough by the time the New York camp starts, he's not expecting to be invited.
Evans' loss would drop the roster to 18 for the 12 final roster spots. Colangelo said he would remain a full member of the roster for future summers.
There figure to be about 15 players invited to the New York camp, but Team USA officials said cuts won't come until at least several days after Saturday's public scrimmage. Colangelo expects centers Tyson Chandler, Brook Lopez and JaVale McGee all to get invitations to that camp as officials take their time in evaluating one of the team's key needs, shot-blocking.
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