Tamika Catchings, Candace Parker opt out of FIBA Worlds

Via Tamika Catchings, herself:

GM! I have fought long and hard on the decision to participate in the World Championships this year. Due to the injuries and recommendations of “letting my body heal” to fully recover, I am stepping back from this year’s competitions. USA ball has been a blessing to me and an honor to play for over the years. I am fully ready to cheer on the ladies who make the World Championship team as they represent the USA. Thanks to everyone for understanding. God Bless! #SoBlessed

Candace Parker is out too, and having minor knee surgery.