The chance to play against the world's best players and team up with some of the biggest stars of the NBA can do wonders for both up-and-coming talents and established veterans who need a spark.
For the FIBA World Cup this summer, Team USA should be an interesting blend of both young and old as they prepare for the Olympics in two years. Unfortunately, this won't be the best possible team that could be trotted out, as multiple players have pulled out or were left out of the pool of 19 players.
I appreciate the invitation to play for Team USA this summer. It is a special opportunity anytime you have a chance to represent your country, and I was honored to be included. However, right now I want to focus and dedicate 100 percent of my energy on improving and preparing for the upcoming season with the Clippers.
It's certainly understandable that some would rather focus their energy on the upcoming season, and while that's sort of a bummer, it does open up potential spots for others who could really benefit from the experience.
A guy like LeBron James doesn't have much to gain in this setting, but for others this could be a path-altering offseason.
Let's take a look at five of the players who will benefit most from the experience of playing for the national team this offseason.