Just over 14, 15 hours after his return from China, Yuta Watanabe was back at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on Wednesday, where the Japan men’s national team had landed on its return from the FIBA World Cup the previous night.

And he was already "in an NBA mindset."

Watanabe said he thought about staying in Japan for a few more days to rest before heading to Memphis to get ready for the upcoming NBA season. But he ultimately decided to leave sooner to be as prepared as possible for the Memphis Grizzlies' preseason training camp.