Rui Hachimura will miss Japan’s final two FIBA World Cup games.
«While everyone had hoped for Rui to finish the World Cup with Team Japan, the Wizards and Japan Basketball believe it is best for Rui to not play the final two games and have a short period of rest before he must start NBA training camp with the Wizards which begins only three weeks from now» the Japanese Basketball Association said in a statement released through the Wizards.
«I love Team Japan. The decision was very difficult to make for the Wizards, the Japan team and myself», Hachimura said in the statement. «We are watching my physical condition. But I believe that the Wizards and Japan team will provide me the best possible support so that I will be in the best condition toward the NBA season and 2020 Tokyo Olympics».
Rui Hachimura has knee discomfort and general fatigue.