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

Paola Ditto
Marzo 17, 2019

Saturday's draw in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen pitted a biggest-ever 32 teams from five continents and placed the US in Group E in Shanghai alongside the Czechs, minnows Japan and Turkey - the team the U.S. beat in the 2010 final.

The Americans are in Group E for the tournament that begins in China on August 31.

Group leaders and runners-up will qualify for the World Cup's second round. "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 want to spend a good summer with all of our friends to show a performance that would take us to the top level.

Talented as the 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team was, Johnson and Jordan stood out among the giants.

Now that the group is set, Team Canada can now start the preparation for the Basketball World Cup knowing their first three opponents.

"This is always an exciting part of the journey to a World Cup, to finally find out who we will play and begin to put our plans in place", Henare said. World Cup finals first-timers Montenegro had seven wins and five losses in finishing third in their European group and South American superstars Brazil qualified with nine wins and three losses from the Americas' Group F. 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. This should not bring about any defeatism as, at their best, Canada Basketball has reached the point where they should feel confident beating just about any country in the world. "Obviously, you've got the National Basketball Association and you have winning a championship and all that good stuff, but with this, you're not just playing for your respective cities or where you're from, you're playing for an entire country you represent", said Harden. "So, it's pretty awesome to be a part of it".

Popovich, the longtime San Antonio coach, acknowledged that the World Cup has been on his mind - even in the midst of an National Basketball Association playoff push.

"I think you're gonna have to play, I think the mindset is that you're thinking that we have to be ready to play whoever comes through that door", general manager Rowan Barrett told The Athletic earlier this month.

Senegal will enter with a world rank of 37 overall, but hold a regional rank of 2 in Africa.

Each team plays against the other three teams in their group once. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the 2nd Round and will be placed into a new group with the two top teams from a separate group.

The tournament format is cut throat, with the top two from each Group advancing to the round of 16 and a shot at the medals, while those finishing third and fourth will play in classification 17 to 32 matches. "But it's going to be fun".

Second-ranked Spain will meet Puerto Rico, Iran and Tunisia in the group stage.

Lastly, Group F is made up of Dominican Republic, France, Germany and Jordan.

Host China is in the easiest group, Group A - where no team is now ranked higher than No. 20.

Canada is No. 23 on the FIBA rankings.

"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.

The U.S. will be the favorites at the World Cup.

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