A few months after being approached (with Bradley Beal…) to represent Team USA to the World Cup 2023it finally turns out that Trae Young was not retained in the American squad for this competition in Asia.
However, it is clearly not the desire that the leader of the Hawks…
” I definitely want it », does he deliver thus, when one asks him if he wishes to defend, one day, the colors of his country on the international scene. ” I have already been told to play for Team USA many times and I really want it. Now it’s up to them to see if they want me… »
Through this statement, some will undoubtedly see a hint of bitterness, linked to the time when Trae Young was left aside by the American federation to compete in the Tokyo Olympics.
” I would be lying if I said I wasn’t hurt. Of course I would have liked to play in this team “, he said then in February 2020, a few months after being part of the “Select Team” for the 2019 World Cup.
Take his troubles patiently…
Three and a half years later, the double All-Star ofAtlanta is an even more referenced player in the NBA but, if there is one thing that has not changed since then, it is his enthusiasm at the idea of wearing the jersey of the UNITED STATES and evolve with the gratin of the league.
” I would love to play with these guys and show more of my passing skills, not have to score a lot and just be there if I’m needed. “, he explains, even if he is aware that the competition is tough and that priority may be given to other, older players. ” I respect elders and understand taking turns, but I believe I should be [dans l’effectif]. »
If he were to wear the tunic of Team USA one day, Trae Young would in any case be a fulfilled man, especially after his previous disappointments.
” Since I was in high school, it’s been my dream as a basketball player. I’ve tried my luck several times since I was in high school. There were a few times I could have been a part [de Team USA]and it hurt my heart [de ne pas y être] “, he admitted precisely in this regard, in the fall of 2022.
As he approaches his 25th birthday, Trae Young should once again claim a place in selection for the 2024 Olympic Games (Paris) and, presumably, for the 2027 World Cup (Qatar).
How to read the stats? MJ = matches played; Min = Minutes; Shots = Shots made / Shots attempted; 3pts = 3-points / 3-points attempted; LF = free throws made / free throws attempted; Off = offensive rebound; Def= defensive rebound; Tot = Total bounces; Pd = assists; Fte: Personal fouls; Int = Intercepts; Bp = Lost bullets; Ct: Counters; Points = Points.