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P.J. Tucker forced to withdraw from Team USA with ankle injury

We were looking forward to seeing P.J., but getting well for the regular season is more important.

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A huge bummer in the news department: Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker, who was the last remaining Rockets player on the USA Basketball FIBA squad after James Harden and Eric Gordon bowed out earlier this summer, is also being forced to withdraw from the squad now after suffering an ankle injury, according to Shams Charania.

It’s a disappointing development for Rockets fans who were looking forward to watching P.J. represent his country, and it’s an even bigger let down for Tucker himself, who apparently even suggested trying to play through the bum ankle. Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed and Tucker will return to Houston instead to rehab and get ready for the upcoming NBA season.

The FIBA team will likely suffer as a result of this as well. Tucker was thought of as the veteran leader of the squad and was the primary glue guy holding a team of mostly young players together and teaching them how to communicate.

Get well soon, Tuck! All your fans were really looking forward to seeing you in action, but we’re glad the Rockets are keeping you at home. We need you well for October!