Steven Loung @loung_s August 12, 2019, 5:36 PM

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry has withdrawn his participation with USA Basketball for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Lowry was hoping to be cleared to play for the United States at the World Cup he says he wasn’t able to get the go ahead after having thumb surgery in mid-July.

“I was hoping to be cleared and ready for the tournament but I was not for full basketball activities,” Lowry said in a statement he posted on Instagram announcing his withdrawal from the tournament.