With the announcement of the 28-player pool for Team USA workouts as they prepare to select teams for the 2014 World Championship team and the 2016 USA Olympic team, there was some excitement, but also some disappointment and frustration.
A pair of Rockets, Dwight Howard and James Harden, have each won Olympic gold medals already and were each named to the 28-player pool. But Chandler Parsons, who participated in Team USA mini-camp this past offseason, was not selected. He was upset and disappointed about not being selected.
“It’s frustrating,” Parsons said. “I’ve played with all those guys and I feel like I belong there. With my skills and how I can help the team, it’s just frustrating.”
He acknowledged it was pretty tough to stomach since he worked with these coaches over the past summer at mini-camp and of course against some of the players who have been selected.
“I’m playing well and have played well, but I can see that it’s not all about how you’re playing now,” Parsons said.
Harden agreed that Parsons deserved to be joining his teammates in the 28-player selection pool.
“Chandler’s been playing well this summer and he was invited to the tryouts last summer,” Harden said. “So I thought he should be on the team, but it’s just motivation for him to keep working harder.”