USA Basketball Draws Turkey, Czech Republic, Japan In FIBA World Cup

USA Basketball Draws Turkey, Czech Republic, Japan In FIBA World Cup

USA Basketball Draws Turkey, Czech Republic, Japan In FIBA World Cup

The tournament will take place in eight cities in China and begins on August 31, with the final scheduled for September 15.

The U.S. will be the favourites at the World Cup. "The team that we will assemble will pour their hearts and souls into continuing our proud record on the world stage and honouring Tū Kaha by representing the past, the present and the future in everything we do". We have friends that will experience a championship for the first time.

A United States team packed with NBA stars will begin its bid for an unprecedented third Basketball World Cup title in a row with a clash against debutants the Czech Republic.

"We are ready for the world", said Yao Ming, the best Chinese player ever, the longtime Houston Rockets star and one of the global ambassadors for the World Cup. Reigning NBA MVP James Harden says he wants to play, and he's among 15 current All-Stars who are in the USA player pool for this national team.

"As a basketball player, that's one of the highest points you can get for basketball. So, it's pretty awesome to be a part of it".

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It's still unclear which National Basketball Association players will join coach Gregg Popovich in China.

"I think a lot of teams can pretend to be able to go all the way to the final", said Diaw, who spent 14 years in the National Basketball Association.

The top two from each group will go into the second round in China. It was known Friday, a day before the draw, that Turkey had to be in the same group as the Americans because of the way that other teams from the Americas were placed into pods. The group will be played in Dongguan. "It's not going to be easy".

Group C consists of Spain, Iran, Puerto Rico and Tunisia. Third-ranked France drew the Dominican Republic, Germany and Jordan as its early opponents. "So if we have a chance to go for it this summer, we will".

Greece got a smooth draw for the first group stage of the 2019 Basketball World Cup in China on Saturday, and will likely meet Team USA in the second group stage, which means it will avoid it at least in the first knock-out round.

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There is an added incentive for teams at this World Cup, with seven spots at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics up for grabs.

Hosts, China, are in Pot 1 alongside the top three teams in the world: USA, Spain and France.

"I believe it is going to be a great, competitive tournament", said the 40-year-old, who was given a rousing reception from the 8,000 crowd at the draw and had his name chanted on several occasions.

Gilas Pilipinas, which needed to win its last two assignments and a Korea victory over Lebanon to push through, is making its second straight appearance in the World Cup.

"You might say we have been better in those situations, when no one expects us to do well, we love to be in the fight as an underdog".

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"It's a greater sense of honor to be playing for your country", Bryant said.

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