Happy Tuesday Nova Nation! Yesterday USA Basketball announced the 20 NBA players who have been invited to this summer’s training camp for Team USA as they prepare for the FIBA World Cup in China. Two prominent Villanova names appear in the announcement: Kyle Lowry and Jay Wright.
We’ve known for a while now that Jay Wright will serve as an assistant coach for this team under Greg Popovich. And with the Villanova coach that high in the coaching ranks, it was a fairly good guess that Kyle Lowry (a member of the 2016 Gold Medal Olympic Team) would get a chance to return to USA Basketball.
Lowry and Wright’s relationship may have started a little contentiously, but the two quickly became close even before Lowry left for the NBA. More than 10 years later, you’ll often see them rooting for eachothers success or telling stories about the good (and not so good) times they’ve had together. Now Wright will get to coach the “savvy veteran” version of Lowry as opposed to the defiant teenager that came to the main line 15 years ago.
In addition, Wright will get to coach some of the best players the NBA has to offer. Anthony Davis and James Harden are the two biggest names on the roster, but even the guys that will eventually get cut from this team are yearly contenders for the All-Star team. Hopefully this taste of coaching at the NBA level will be enough to satisfy Jay’s curiosity as he returns to prepare for his next season at Villanova. Best of luck to both of these Villanova greats and everyone on Team USA. Bring home the gold!
In other “news”, Lowry had a chance to win the championship, Villanovans are making news with three pro teams in Philly, and Josh Hart talks about investing in esports. Enjoy!
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I get the point this article is making, but the hyperbole is out of control. There haven't been "literally thousands" of Villanova basketball players, there have been just over 500. Think about it, even if they added 10 players in each of their 99 seasons, they'd still be short of 1,000. Dumb.
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