Harden pulls out of FIBA World Cup

Field Level Media

July 19, 2019 at 8:03 pm.

Houston Rockets star guard James Harden has withdrawn from playing for USA Basketball in the FIBA World Cup in China, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Harden has informed coach Gregg Popovich that he won’t be participating, according to the report. The event runs Aug. 31-Sept. 15.

Harden is electing to focus on the Rockets and plans to use the time to adapt to playing with new backcourt mate Russell Westbrook.

Harden is the second NBA star to pull out in recent days. Los Angeles Lakers power forward Anthony Davis reportedly withdrew last week.

The status of Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry is also in doubt after he had thumb surgery earlier this week.