Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, a member of the U.S. men’s national team, practiced Monday for the first time since spraining his left ankle in a win over Turkey at the FIBA World Cup last week.
He said the ankle “felt good,” and he is optimistic about seeing action when the U.S. resumes play Wednesday in a quarterfinal game against France in Dongguan, China.
“I hope I can play,” he told reporters Monday. “There’s no timetable or anything. I’m just trying to get back right.”
He was held out of action during wins over Japan, Greece and Brazil. He was hurt in the closing seconds of a 93-92 overtime victory against Turkey on Sept. 3.
“When it first happened, I was upset,” Tatum said. “I didn’t want to miss any games. But it’s nothing significant.”
In his first two World Cup games, Tatum averaged 10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in 24.5 minutes.