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Last year John Wall was left off the USA Basketball World Championship roster and felt that he was overlooked. This time around Wall is taking it differently, admitting that it will be very tough for him to make Team USA for the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro.
The 34-player mini camp in Las Vegas was loaded with elite guards and Wall knows better than anybody that Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul and Kyrie Irving are pretty much locks for the team. Via CSNWashington:
“Oh, yeah. Ten times out of 10 they’ll be on the team,” Wall said when presented with the premise during a discussion Saturday. He spoke with CSNwashington.com at his charitable foundation’s back to school event for local kids in Washington.
Before the three PG factoid could be fully stated to Wall, he blurted out a name.
Irving also played on the 2014 team, not to mention at Duke for Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski. He’s also currently a teammate in Cleveland with king maker LeBron James, who is another 2016 lock if wants in.
“I’ll be out of the picture,” said Wall through a laugh and without any noticeable trace of resentment.
“I’m just being honest,” Wall continued. “Chris Paul has already won one (Olympic gold medal). Steph Curry had an amazing last year and just won the World Cup. Kyrie just won the World Cup. Russell will probably be on the team. They’ll use him as a two-guard.
“So, I probably won’t make it.”