According to ESPN.com, new New York Knick Amar'e Stoudemire will not be playing for the United States in the World Championships due to problems insuring his contract. Team USA learned of the setback today, which is the same day the team opened training camp.
Stoudemire was supposed to be one America's top players in Turkey, but will be forced to sit out. With the players who led the Americans to the 2008 Olympics gold medal taking the summer off, USA Basketball was counting on Stoudemire to fill the void.
He agreed to a request by the Knicks for him to take himself out off the roster. He has had micro fracture surgeries among other delicate injuries (a detached retina) and the Knicks don't want him to reinjure himself playing in non-Knicks games.
According to the Knicks, the insurance policy from Stoudemire's contract with the Suns is still in place, but it excludes his surgically repaired left knee. The Knicks have begun working to secure insurance on his new deal, but that hasn't been completed.