Realistic Gay content as Team USA role player

Realistic Gay content as Team USA role player
August 15, 2014, 11:30 am
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Rudy Gay averaged 20.0 points per game with Raptors and Kings in 2013-14. (AP)

Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay believes he can make an impact for Team USA as it prepares for a run at the FIBA World Cup title in 2014. 

Gay is one of 17 players vying for a spot on Team USA's final 12-man roster, and managing director Jerry Colangelo said Gay has a "legitimate chance" to make the squad. 

But the nine-year veteran isn't looking to shoulder the workload.

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“I wish I could play like an MVP,” Gay told USABasketball.com. “But that’s not who I am at this point. I am a player who will play hard and can contribute. I don’t have to carry the team and that would not be smart for me to do. 

"I have to play my style of basketball," he was quoted. "That’s what got me to this point in my career, not by trying to be something I’m not." 

Gay was not originally on USA's roster when the team gathered in Las Vegas for practice sessions this summer, but the recent slew of withdrawals prompted Gay to reach out, according to USAB.com.

“I plan on catching up and learning quickly,” Gay said. “That’s part of my job and my responsibility."

All-Stars Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook and NBA MVP Kevin Durant have all withdrawn from Team USA basketball, as well as NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard. 

The team endured another loss when Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George suffered a horrific leg injury, which is expected to end his upcoming NBA season. 

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Gay has been part of USA Basketball since 2005, and played an integral role in 2010 with the national team that returned home from Istanbul as champions. 

The FIBA World Cup features 24 national teams, and is scheduled from Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain.

Team USA needs to cut its roster down to 12 before the tournament.

 

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