Rondo withdrawal gives U.S. team final roster
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo has withdrawn from the U.S. national team for family reasons, clearing the way for the final world championship roster to be set, USA Basketball said on Tuesday.
"Rajon came to us and said he was going to withdraw from the team, that he had some family matters to attend to and some things to take care of before the NBA season," USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said in a statement.
Rondo had started two exhibition games but did not play in Sunday's contest against Spain.
With Rondo's withdrawal, the team was able to finalize their roster to 12 players before the world championships get underway in Turkey on August 28.
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant leads the team.
Other forwards are Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies), Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers) and Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers).
Joining Chauncey Billups (Denver Nuggets) at guard are Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers), Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City).
Centers are Tyson Chandler(Dallas Mavericks), Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves) and Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers).
(Writing by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Frank Pingue)