New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis said Monday he will not play in the Olympics due to surgeries needed for knee and shoulder injuries, according to New Orleans media.
Davis was the youngest member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team at age 19, fresh off one season at the University of Kentucky.
He was the youngest U.S. basketball player to play in the Olympics since 1976.
Without Davis, the pool of potential big men for the Rio Olympic team includes Olympians Dwight Howard and Kevin Love from this list of 30 finalists named in January.
Also, Blake Griffin, who made the 2012 Olympic team but pulled out due to injury, opening the door for Davis to be named.
Plus, would-be first-time Olympians LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMarcus Cousins, Kenneth Faried, Draymond Green and DeAndre Jordan.
If Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal and Drummond do not make the 12-man team, every member of the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team will be 24 years and older for the first time.