A few days ago, USA Basketball revealed the 28 players it had selected to compete for spots at this summer’s World Cup as well as the 2016 Olympics.
The list features obvious names such as LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Dwight Howard, Kevin Love, etc., as well as some younger guys like Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Kawhi Leonard, and Gordon Hayward.
With the enormous amounts of talented American players, there were of course players left off the list that felt they deserved to be on there. One of those guys was Chandler Parsons.
Shortly after the list was announced, Parsons tweeted the following:
Thanks for the motivation.
— Chandler Parsons (@ChandlerParsons) January 23, 2014
While it doesn’t specifically mention the list, it’s abundantly clear – based on the time it was tweeted out – that Parsons was referring to not seeing his name among the 28.
After his historic performance last night, Parsons further voiced his displeasure with not being included. When asked about the incident, he said
You know, I’m going to use that the rest of my career, the rest of the season. I’ve been overlooked, overshadowed my whole life… It was very frustrating.
A life dream of mine is to play on that team, and I think I deserve to be on that team. I played well in the camp. My game and my versatility, I feel like I’d be perfect for that system.
Concluding, he had this to say,
I was upset. I still am upset. I think it’s a joke that I’m not on there. But, uh, life goes on. Maybe next time.
With the likes of Kyle Korver, Gordon Hayward and Bradley Beal in the group, Parsons certainly has a point. Ultimately, however, even if Parsons was in the pool he would be a long shot to make the final roster.
At just 25 though, Parsons will surely be on Team USA at some point in his career. Head up, Chandler. [100 emoji]