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Trae Young Believes He Is Unfairly Disrespected After Team USA Snub

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 21: Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks reacts during the first half against the Detroit Pistons at State Farm Arena on March 21, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young is tired of being disrespected. Young has constantly stated his desire to represent Team USA, but he has consistently been denied chances to compete internationally. Although he is gifted offensively, the team continues to pass him up for his peers.

Young made it clear at Hawks Media Day that he is tired of his treatment.

“If you don’t think I’ve been disrespected, you’re just not telling the truth.”

Trae Young said at the Atlanta Hawks’ Media Day

The gifted point guard makes a case for himself due to his accomplishments in his NBA career. Young is a two-time All-Star and made an All-NBA team back in 2020-2021. This year’s roster that was sent over for the FIBA World Cup did not feature a single multi-year All-Star. Not only that, but the team had failed to obtain a single medal.

Young has been quite adamant about wanting a shot to help represent his country. However, the European style of play is quite different from the play in the NBA. Young is a ball-dominant point guard who makes shots to open up the floor. Meanwhile, the European style is much more team-centric in its approach.

There have also been questions regarding his ability on the defensive side of the basketball. While he is a player who is clearly special, the question about how his style of play would mesh is a valid one. The only way Team USA will truly know if Young has what it takes would be by letting him prove himself on the court. Up to this point, there has been no intention of doing that.

This upcoming season could be a big one for Young. Given some of the unwarranted disrespect that he feels he has received, this could be a time for him to quiet some of his doubters up.