Daniel Hackett will find out in the next couple days whether he will go with the team to Mexico or head back to Europe to play for Italy in the FIBA European Championships, which could lead to a spot for Hackett in the next Olympics.
Playing for the Italian national team over the summer, Hackett impressed enough to be contending for the final spot on a team that includes two NBA players — Andrea Bargnani of the Toronto Raptors and Marco Belinelli of the Golden State Warriors.
Of his experience in Italy, Hackett said: “I showed them I can play at that level. I’ve learned to take care of the ball better. I think I’ve improved my feet quickness. I’m quicker with the ball, can handle it better and shoot better. Playing at a pro level all summer obviously helps boost your confidence.”