Hawks' Trae Young Responds to Being Left off Team USA Preliminary Roster for 2020 Olympics

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Hawks' Trae Young responds to being left off team USA preliminary roster Mark Brown/Getty

After being left off the 44-man preliminary roster for Team USA basketball, Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young said, "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't hurt."

"Obviously I would have wanted to play on the team," Young added, according to Sarah Spencer, a Hawks writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The players for Team USA's preliminary roster for the 2020 Olympics was announced on Monday. The 44 players will be trying out to make the team and the roster will be cut down to 12 players prior to the Olympics. The roster includes 29 players who have already played in the Olympics or FIBA World Cup, and among them have compiled 31 Olympic or FIBA gold medals and four bronze medals. Some of the notable names on the list include Lebron James and Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors' Steph Curry, Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant and Los Angeles Clippers' Kawhi Leonard.

In addition to Young's comments on Monday night, he also posted a tweet congratulating the 44 finalists.

"Congrats to these 44 players, and to the 12 that make the roster," Young wrote.

His head coach, Lloyd Pierce, who will serve as an assistant coach to Team USA at the Olympics also spoke on Young being left out.

"He [Young] is one of the top players in the NBA," Pierce said following Monday night's game. "He deserves to be a first-time All-Star this year, he deserves to be a starter, and he deserves an opportunity to the Olympics, and his time will come."

Young was named a starter for the upcoming All-Star game and has continued to prove himself worthy of the position. He was taken as the No. 5 overall pick in the 2018 draft and currently averages 29.7 points and 9.1 assists, which rank him fourth and second the NBA in those respective categories.

Despite his high-level of play over the past few seasons, Young has much less experience in international or Olympic basketball. In 2016, he helped the FIBA USA under-18 team win the gold medal, but the other 44 players named to the preliminary roster have more international or Olympic experience under their belt.

James leads the way with 68 games of international experience and is followed by Chris Paul (50), Durant (44) and Curry (40).

Team USA will be coached by current San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, who will have Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and Villanova University men's basketball coach Jay Wright as well as Pierce working as assistant coaches.

The other 44 players named to the preliminary roster are listed in The New York Times' NBA analyst Marc Stein's tweet below.

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