Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry Withdraws from FIBA with Thumb Injury
Kyle Lowry really wanted it, but at the end, time was the biggest enemy.
After undergoing offseason thumb surgery, the Toronto Raptors All-Star has been working diligently and quickly on rehab in order to join the US Men’s National Team at the FIBA World Cup in September. Unfortunately, on Monday, Lowry was forced to withdraw as doctors were unable to clear him for full basketball activities.
Lowry made the announcement in a post on his Instagram page.
Lowry was part of the American Team that brought home Olympic gold in 2016 and hopes to play for the team in the 2020 Olympics. In 2016, Lowry averaged five points per game for the Americans through eight games.
Expected to be one of the veteran leaders on the team, the Americans will have no shortage of guards who are fit to step into Lowry’s role. De’Aaron Fox, Kemba Walker, Donovan Mitchell, and Derrick White are just a few of the names who are expected to receive heavy minutes in the backcourt.
Update: After M Bagley & K Lowry withdrawals, USA Basketball will select 12-man roster from these 15 finalists…
– H Barnes
– J Brown
– D Fox
– J Harris
– K Kuzma
– B Lopez
– K Middleton
– D Mitchell
– M Plumlee
– M Smart
– J Tatum
– PJ Tucker
– M Turner
– K Walker
– D White
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) August 12, 2019
Along with Lowry, Marvin Bagley III chose to miss out on this year’s tournament to set his focus no the Sacramento Kings, leaving the current roster at 15.
The Americans will be required to trim the roster down to 12 for the start of the World Cup.