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Marcus Smart confident he’ll be ready for FIBA World Cup, not withdrawing from play

Nick Friar
August 17, 2019 - 8:15 am

Marcus Smart has been sidelined from Team USA practices and scrimmages due to calf tightness since August 7. He was re-evaluated when Team USA’s camp moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles and has continued to rehab, missing Friday’s 90-81 exhibition win over Spain.

During NBA TV’s broadcast of the game, Smart was interviewed from the bench and said he’s “feeling great” and is “ready to get back out there.”

Smart also told NBA TV’s Jared Greenberg he’s fully confident he will play when the FIBA World Cup gets rolling.

“Like I said, the calf is feeling amazing,” he said. “And, right now, we’re just taking it slow and making sure I’m a hundred percent and (then) get back out there.”

When asked why he’s sticking around, unlike so many others who’ve withdrawn themselves from roster consideration, Smart gave a response that was as on-brand as it gets.

“That’s not my makeup. I made a commitment to stay with these guys,” he said. “We’ve worked together, we’ve sweat (together), we’ve hurt together. I’m in it and I’m in it for the long run.”