There have been a lot of casual fans autisticly screeching about this on Facebook, saying now they're bring their "B Team", as thought the USA's B Team wasn't full of NBA ALL Stars or something.
James Harden has announced that he wants to play. You still have guys like Anthony Davis, Westbrook, Curry, Durant, Thompson looking to line up, and Zion Williams being spoekn of, which will be exciting as he certainly is going to be big in the NBA.
It sucks that Lebron wont be there, sure. But I don't think it makes this any less a spectacle. There have been people also saying it wont be the USA's world cup team, but I assume they have a hard enough time breathing and walking at the same time, and think USA will switch teams with less than a week til the Cup.
In other news, (and take with a grain of salt) Worthington said recently on his Podcast 'trash talk' with Homicide that his mail is that Ben Simmons in fact WILL be playing the two games in Melbourne. Take that as you wish.