It seems that veteran Boston Celtics big man Al Horford will not be suiting up for the Dominican Republic in 2023 FIBA World Cup play after all. Per new reporting from Basketball Sphere’s Dorde Malesevic (h/t to Celtics Blog’s Adam Taylor), the Puerta Plata native will be sitting out World Cup play this summer.
Both Horford and Indiana Pacers wing Chris Duarte were initially added to the Dominican National Team’s extended roster but have since been removed and won’t be playing in the tournament. Horford’s absence will likely be welcomed by the Celtics organization and fans, given his age and the physical nature of the tournament.
To say nothing of what happened last time a Celtics forward played in the World Cup ahead of a season of expected contention.
Boston fans aren’t entirely out of the woods in that regard with both Kristaps Porzingis (Latvia) and Oshae Brissett still representing their respective national teams in the international competition this August and September.
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Source: Yahoo Sports