Basketball: Thunder guard Westbrook says no to US Olympic team

Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder walking off the court after being defeated by the Golden State Warriors on May 30.
Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder walking off the court after being defeated by the Golden State Warriors on May 30. PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, one of the National Basketball Association's most dynamic players, said on Friday he has withdrawn from consideration for the US team for the Rio Olympics.

"After speaking with my family, I have decided to not participate in this year's Olympics," Westbrook said in a statement.

"This was not an easy decision, as representing my country at the World Championships in 2010 and the Olympics in 2012 were career highlights for me. I look forward to future opportunities as a member of USA Basketball."

Meanwhile, Canada's Olympic hopes suffered a blow when Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Andrew Wiggins said he would not play for his country at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in the Philippines in July.

"I understand my increased role with the Timberwolves and dedication to the upcoming season must have my total focus," he said in a statement.