One commitment the current Houston Rockets superstar center hasn't made in six years is to USA Basketball, but the 28-year-old big man is reportedly keen on returning for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, formerly known as the FIBA World Championship.
Yahoo! Sports insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported the news on Wednesday, Jan. 22, citing sources with knowledge of the situation:
Y! Sources: After six years away, Houston Rockets star Dwight Howard will return to USA Basketball roster. http://t.co/y4DLigjfJj— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 22, 2014
Howard was last seen as a member of the USA's 2008 Summer Olympics squad in Beijing that went undefeated en route to a gold medal.
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As a three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Howard would bring a unique presence to the USA team with his combination of size, strength and athleticism. That skill set is one few international foes could match up against.
Given the way Howard's game has developed since the last time he played in a worldwide competition, he could be a huge difference-maker for Team USA.
Some believe he has not fully realized his seemingly limitless potential, however:
According to Wojnarowski's report, the frontcourt rotation for the Americans at the World Cup will likely consist of Portland Trail Blazers star LaMarcus Aldridge, versatile Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love and lethal Oklahoma City Thunder scorer Kevin Durant.
USA Basketball will announce the full roster of eligible players on Thursday morning.
Don't miss USA Basketball's announcement Thursday morning of the players selected for the 2014-16 USA Men's National Team roster #usabmnt— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) January 22, 2014
Given that Howard has been away from his prospective USA Basketball teammates for so long, how he affects the team's chemistry will go a long way in determining whether he's a proper fit.
Spain plays host to the World Cup this summer, an event typically held once every four years. The United States won the gold medal in 2010, beating host Turkey 81-64 in the final.