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Trae Young pulls petty move after Team USA is eliminated from FIBA World Cup

Trae Young in his Hawks uniform

Dec 27, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) dribbles the ball in the first quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Trae Young has moved on from trolling the New York Knicks to now trolling the United States national basketball team as a whole.

The Atlanta Hawks star Young went viral for his petty move after Team USA was knocked out of the FIBA World Cup on Friday. In a major shocker, the U.S. fell to Germany in the semifinal round by the final of 113-111.

Young is known for tweeting out the same message (“Another Day, Another Opportunity”) every single day. But he raised eyebrows Friday by sending his customary tweet … at almost the exact same instant that the United States got eliminated.

Take a look at the time stamps between Young’s tweet and the tweet by USA Basketball announcing the final score.

That is probably too good to be a coincidence, especially since Young was a big-time snub from this year’s team. The multi-time All-Star Young did not receive an invitation to the U.S. squad for the FIBA World Cup, and some interesting theories emerged for why that may have been the case.

It was probably still the right call to leave Young off the team with other ball-dominant creators like Jalen Brunson and Tyrese Haliburton already in tow (thus making it wiser to give a roster spot to a role player instead). But that won’t stop Young from having his laugh now that Team USA has been eliminated early.


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