The Boston Celtics are sending four of their own to represent Team USA at the FIBA World Cup. There are several reasons why this is a great thing.
News that Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart will all be representing Team USA should be nothing but music to the ears of Boston Celtics fans. With so many superstars withdrawing from consideration, it speaks volumes that Boston will have an almost full lineup of All-NBA superstar and future All-Star hopefuls.
Team USA will truthfully be far from full-strength. Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan and Bradley Beal are among the current All-Stars who recently pulled their consideration for the tournament. The #1 pick in the 2019 NBA draft, Zion Williamson is also skipping the world cup to focus on the upcoming season.
Even guys like Tobias Harris and Eric Gordon are joining a growing list of superstars like Anthony Davis, James Harden and CJ McCollum who are choosing not to represent Team USA this year. The fact that guys like Julius Randle and Thaddeus Young are being added to the team shows how difficult it is to find guys to represent their country at FIBA’s international tournament.
Well, the Boston Celtics have answered the call. Here are three reasons why this is a great thing for the team and its fans: