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USA Basketball has kept its No. 1 spot in the FIBA world men’s rankings, even after a disappointing seventh-place showing in the World Cup that ended earlier this week. It’s now nine-years-and-counting in the top spot for the U.S., which has held the No. 1 ranking since winning the 2010 world championship.
Perfect year: Gasol gets second title of 2019 as Spain wins the World Cup, beating Argentina 95-75 for gold
Kobe Bryant played on the Redeem Team in 2008, the one that delivered a gold medal in Beijing after a series of USA Basketball disappointments in big tournaments.
The U.S. came to China looking to again be the best in the world. It will go home with the worst tournament showing in program history.
USA Basketball’s plan for a third consecutive World Cup title started going off the rails long before this tournament even began, after just about everyone who was originally asked to play for this team turned down the opportunity. As such, this outcome was not exactly unexpected.
U.S. will not medal at the basketball World Cup, falling 89-79 to France in the quarterfinals.
Kyle Wiltjer heated up late and Kevin Pangos never got untracked as Canada closed the FIBA World Cup with an 82-76 loss to Germany.
Kemba Walker and Myles Turner each scored 16 points, and the Americans earned a top seed for the quarterfinals by beating Brazil 89-73 on Monday in the final second-round game of the World Cup.
Nigeria and Iran are going to the Olympics. China’s World Cup run came to a disappointing end. And Serbia is unbeaten no more, making a third consecutive meeting with the U.S. in a gold-medal game now unlikely.
Canada entered its name in the FIBA World Cup record book Saturday with the help of a couple of former Gonzaga standouts.
Rui Hachimura is getting a much-needed break from basketball.
Team USA’s dominant performance made for a tough outing for former Gonzaga standout Rui Hachimura and his Japanese teammates Thurdsay at the FIBA World Cup in China.
Japan is winless in two World Cup games, but the stage has not been too big for Rui Hachimura.
Gonzaga’s international success in recruiting has been on display at the FIBA World Cup in China, including one matchup Tuesday involving three former Zag teammates.
Khris Middleton’s free throws late save U.S., as Americans top Turkey in World Cup.
Luis Scola climbed into the No. 2 spot on FIBA’s all-time World Cup scoring list on Monday, his 23 points helping Argentina hold off Nigeria 94-81 in a Group B game at Wuhan, China, to clinch a berth in the second round.
Turning it into a rout by halftime, Greece opened its World Cup schedule with an easy 85-60 victory over Montenegro in Group F at Nanjing.
U.S coach Gregg Popovich remains a military man. Nearly a half-century after his graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy, he still recalls the lessons learned there, such as how most things aren’t just about an individual. That is why Popovich’s first stint as coach of the U.S. men’s basketball team has not become some sort of comeuppance tour for infamous previous attempts at gold that went awry.
It’ll soon be time for Gregg Popovich to pare USA Basketball’s roster from 13 players to 12 in time for the FIBA World Cup this month.
USA Basketball coach Gregg Popovich doesn’t have many rules for his World Cup team. They’re more like suggestions, such as the one about limiting phone usage when the team is having breakfast together. He doesn’t mind if guys are talking. He just wants them talking to one another. Part of the challenge the U.S. faces in the road to this FIBA World Cup is taking individuals who know one another and turning them into a real team.