Juan Toscano-Anderson is the greatest figure in Mexican basketball. The new Los Angeles Lakers player participated with his country in the last confrontation for America’s qualifier for the 2023 World Cup against Colombia, but he will be absent from the clash against Brazil.
The player preferred to return to the United States to join the training of his new team, according to information provided by the Mexican Basketball Federation.
Toscano-Anderson is coming off his best season in the NBA and was key during several stretches of last season, in which he won the championship ring with the Golden State Warriors.
The forward knows the importance of the next season with the Lakers and that is why he has decided to leave the Mexican team, which faces a vitally important clash against Brazil.
Mexico comes from surprisingly losing to Colombia in extra time. The tricolor team currently holds a 4-3 record, similar to Puerto Rico and Uruguay in Group F of the 2023 World Cup qualifiers, which will be played in Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia.
In his past NBA season, Toscano-Anderson averaged 4.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in 73 games in 2021-22. His work was more defensive than offensive.