San Antonio Spurs’ small forward quits to play at the Rio Olympics

San Antonio Spurs’ small forward quits to play at the Rio Olympics

In the past few days, it appeared that Kawhi Leonard will be the major stuff for the Team USA roster for the Rio Olympics. But, the two times NBA Defensive player of the year has released a statement pulling his name from the Team.

Leonard has previously won the NBA championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014 and was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player. It was a terrific decision which has taken by the player before the Olympic bell rings.

“This was a very difficult decision. It is an honor to have been considered for the team and I hope that in the future I will have the chance to represent my country by playing for USA Basketball. Many of our star players are not attending the Olympics this year” Leonard said to the press.


To have heard the fact, the NBA legend LeBron James became thoughtful off the prospect of the USA Basketball team in the Games.

“Injuries have forced some stars to choose rest over competition, though fear of Zika virus and unsanitary conditions in Rio that have loomed over the games for months. It has played a crucial role in causing some of the world’s top athletes to drop out from the World’s biggest sports theater” LeBron James commented.

Gregg Popovich, the president as well as the head coach of San Antonio Spurs supports Leonard and said “He took a clever decision. I have heard that he has some family issues and his wife is expected to give birth of a child in the first week of July. It is always better to stay beside his family in this critical situation. But on the same verse, I would like to say that it will be a huge loss for the USA Team and our winning chance has decreased”.

Team USA is scheduled to play a five-game exhibition showcase in Las Vegas from July 22nd to 1st August before the Olympic Games starts on August 5.


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