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Randy Wittman sees the positives in John Wall and Bradley Beal being cut from Team USA

Wizards coach Randy Wittman told his young stars of another prominent Team USA snub from 30 years ago

Andy Lyons

Though John Wall and Bradley Beal were surely disappointed by their exclusion from the 2014 Team USA FIBA World Cup team, Wizards Coach Randy Wittman saw plenty of positives to take away from the experience for Washington's backcourt. Speaking to's Steve Aschburner while at the NBA coaches meetings in Chicago, Wittman emphasized the importance to him as a coach that the pair were getting this valuable work in over the summer. He saw this as an important beginning of a process that will eventually lead to their inclusion in the future.

"I told those guys, ‘Not everybody makes it right from the start. But you’re there, you’ve done it, you’re showing them you’re willing to be there. It’s a process.’ I think the way both those guys are going, they’re going to be on [Team USA] some day."

The Wizards coach also mentioned another prominent Team USA snub from the past: Charles Barkley being cut the first time he tried to make the Olympic roster in 1984. Of course, it had to be said that the coach who snubbed Barkley was a man who served as a mentor to both 2014 Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski and Randy Wittman: Indiana Hoosiers coach Bobby Knight. Barkley, along with fellow future Dream Teamer John Stockton, were left off the 1984 squad, while  Knight's own player,19-year-old guard Steve Alford, made the trip to Los Angeles.

So while Wall and Beal could have had a rewarding experience in Spain, being cut from Team USA doesn't put them in the worst company either.