Friday August 29th, 2014

Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi will not play for France during the FIBA Basketball World Cup after injuring his shoulder, French website Be Basket reports.

Mahinmi, 27, reportedly injured his shoulder during practice on Thursday. He tweeted his disappointment about being so close to starting the tournament and wished his teammates success.

GOLLIVER: Reputations at stake for Team USA

The 6-foot-11 center averaged 3.5 points and 3.3 rebounds last season for the Pacers.

Team France will still have several NBA players in San Antonio Spurs forward Boris Diaw, Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum, Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert.

France opens World Cup play on Saturday against Brazil.

MAHONEY: Team USA's top competition at World Cup

- Paul Palladino

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