COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Isaiah Thomas is putting on the purple, white and blue again.
Thomas was announced Friday as an harm replacement for United states Basketball’s crew that will open up World Cup qualifying engage in this month in Mexico. The two-time NBA All-Star was added to the roster, alongside with Justin Anderson, as replacements for DaQuan Jeffries and Frank Mason III.
Jeffries is wounded and Mason was not cleared for entire participation, United states Basketball claimed. The group commences coaching camp in Houston on Saturday, in progress of games in Chihuahua, Mexico, versus Cuba on Nov. 28 and Mexico on Nov. 29.
Thomas — an NBA free agent with hopes of having back into the league — very last appeared on the countrywide staff in February, commencing two online games during qualifying for the AmeriCup. He led the group with 14 points per video game in those people contests, with the U.S. defeating the Bahamas and Mexico.
Anderson performed in AmeriCup qualifying video games in February 2020, aiding the U.S. to a pair of wins.
The two games in Mexico are the to start with of six 1st-spherical game titles for the U.S. in Globe Cup qualifying. The Individuals are also scheduled to perform Puerto Rico on Feb. 24, Mexico on Feb. 27, Puerto Rico on July 1 and Cuba on July 4 in the opening qualifying round.
There are four teams in each and every of 4 qualifying groups out of the FIBA Americas location. The top rated 3 teams in every group transfer on to the next spherical of qualifying, which starts in August and runs by way of February 2023.
The Entire world Cup — where by groups can instantly qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics — runs from Aug. 25-Sept. 10, 2023, with the remaining in the Philippines and other video games getting location in Japan and Indonesia.