Rajon Rondo has survived the first cuts to Team USA and will be with the team when they reconvene in New York on August 9 for their next training camp. The team cut 4 players today including Tyreke Evans, O.J. Mayo, Gerald Wallace and JaVale McGee.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski had this to say about Rondo:
"The thing that Rondo does is he plays with a will to win, and he just finds ways to have a positive impact on the game. I really like that about him.
"I thought I developed a really good relationship with him during the week, and his pressure on the ball, defense, but his will to win is something that I truly admire, and we need that. Plus he's a little bit older with the -- not in age as much -- but with experience because the Celtics have gone so deep and have won one of the recent NBA championships. So I think we're very fortunate to have him."
These 4 cuts bring the roster down to 15 players. The roster needs to be pared down to 12 players by August 26 when the USA must submit their roster for the World Championships in Turkey which begin on August 28.
Team USA opens its exhibition schedule with a game against France Aug. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York.