Atlanta Hawks foreign born players Al Horford andÂ Dennis Schroder will not be playing for their national teams this summer.
Horford, a native of the Dominican Republic, won’t be playing for his national team at the FIBA Americas being held this summer, the Dominican Republic Basketball Federation announced. Instead, he will be participating in the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program later this month, while also preparing for the next NBA season.
Eduardo Najri, the Dominican Republic’s national team general manager, issued a statement supporting Horford’s decision:
It’s a significant loss, but many teams will have their absences.
I respect his decision to focus on his season and thank him for what he has done the other times he has participated with the team.
Horford, along with Kyrie Irving, Joakim Noah, Serge Ibaka, Thabo Sefolosha, Hasheem Thabeet and NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo, will serve as camp coaches when the program hits Johannesburg, South Africa from August 29 – September 1.
Despite not playing with their respected national teams this summer, it’s nothing to worry about as both Horford andÂ Schroder will be ready to go when the NBA pre-season starts up Oct. 17th.