CJ McCollum explains why so many players are turning down Team USA | The Jump

CJ McCollum explains why so many players are turning down Team USA | The Jump

Jorge Sedano, Malika Andrews and Jonathan Givony play “BS or Real Talk,” reacting to Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum’s comments on The Woj Pod, explaining why so many big players are turning down playing on Team USA in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

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  1. Remember when athletes were proud to wear that usa jersey and compete for that medal? Everything just about money nowadays. Larry bird came out of retirement and couldnt even sit in a chair his back was so bad, yet he was honored and played. Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, all those guys said winning that gold medal was the greatest achievement in their whole lives. Honor and pride dont exist anymore, its just ego and checks now.

  2. uhhhh is it because NBA players are the biggest fad followers?1 face of franchise player leaves HIS team,now the majority do.they all follow trends.its getting worse.loyalty to the fans has been replaced by entitlement.i dont blame players for skipping this because of paul george.but theyre skipping because they are followers.if 1 superstar signed up the others would too

  3. ESPN, CJ plays in the West so his comments are not as applicable to a guy like Giannis. Bucks can afford to give Giannis some rest here and there in the regular season. Now, try that in the West.

  4. I know they better have that same energy when the Olympics roll around. But it's more competitive when it's not big household names. These Country teams should be limited to 4-5 NBA athletes and fill the rest of the roster with upcomers to make it more interesting. 40 point blow outs in the Olympic games is boring.

  5. It is simple. Time off to relax, work on their own individual game, or simply spend time with family and friends. Not complicated. Plus, why risk injury in a non NBA game. Again, not complicated.

  6. …it's basketball they play like 2 hour games and that's cause of fouls halftime and players don't play all game…maybe they should work a real job for one year straight instead of complaining…they the real all stars don't wanna play cause they know if it was the Olympics they'll make the team…so don't be crying when you don't make an all-star team looking at you 2 on the blazers could of played for team USA but chose to sit out and then y'all cry cause y'all got snubbed in the all star game…

  7. …they should at least give half of the roster spots to this years team in next years Olympics…if its 12 players going…i think it should be…lebron..kd…curry…klay..A.D.harden.westbrook.demar…ok 4 from this years team usa…cause there's a lot of good players…kawhi shouldn't go cause he's always turning down the team plus uncle dennis might tell kawhi to fake an injury while they're in china just to get traded from the team…and kawhi might want the team to hire Jeremy castleberry as an assistant coach…

  8. Players always been competing for a chip. Players always have a chance of getting injured. I miss 2000’s basketball it was less scare and more hooping. Protect your brand and just say no I don’t want to play. But it’s always weird reason for not hooping. Stars don’t even compete all star weekend activities anymore other than 3pt challenge.


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