Despite being named to the All-Star team in each of the past two seasons, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall doesn’t think he’ll make the final Team USA roster for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
“I’ll be out of the picture,” Wall told CSN Washington with a laugh.
Veteran point guard Chris Paul is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and will likely be joined on the roster by 2012 gold medalist Russell Westbrook. Kyrie Irving, who plays with Team USA star LeBron James for the Cavaliers and played for national team coach Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, likely stands to make the team as well. Reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry also sits above Wall in the point guard pecking order.
“I’m just being honest,” Wall continued. “Chris Paul has already won one (Olympic gold medal) [sic]. Steph Curry had an amazing last year and just won the World Cup. Kyrie just won the World Cup. Russell will probably be on the team. They’ll use him as a two-guard.”
Wall was one of 34 players (and six point guards) who attended last week’s Team USA minicamp in Las Vegas. Attendance at the camp was mandatory to be considered for a spot on the 12-man roster at the Olympics next summer.
- Dan Gartland