Latest FIBA Basketball World Cup News

Gasol completes historic double, Spain wins World Cup

Sep. 15, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Marc Gasol looked to the sky as confetti fell, some sticking to his massive shoulders, and then cradled and kissed the giant golden chalice that goes to the World Cup champions. He's getting good at hoisting trophies. Gasol got to bask in a championship celebration for the second time in...

FIBA will look to ease travel burdens at 2023 World Cup

Sep. 15, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — FIBA will look at adjusting travel demands on teams at the next World Cup, after this tournament in China led to many complaints about the distances that nations participating in the knockout stages had to cover without much time to prepare for games. Some teams faced major travel challenges...

Kobe Bryant: Easy days for USA Basketball are over

Sep. 13, 2019 9:07 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — 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. Back in Beijing this weekend, Bryant isn't sure another Redeem Team will be so easy to find for the U.S. The five-time NBA...

US loses to Serbia 94-89, assuring worst big-tourney finish

Sep. 12, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

DONGGUAN, China (AP) — 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. Such is the reality for the Americans now, assured of finishing no better than seventh at the World Cup after falling to Serbia 94-89 in a...

A shocker: US beaten by France 89-79 in World Cup quarters

Sep. 11, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

DONGGUAN, China (AP) — No gold. No medal. No more winning streak. The U.S. reign atop international basketball has ended — this time, thwarted by France at the World Cup. For the first time since 2006, the U.S. sent NBA players to a major international tournament and won't win gold. Evan Fournier...

Great Escape: US gets past Turkey 93-92 in OT; Tatum injured

Sep. 3, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

SHANGHAI (AP) — In the ultimate moments, everything hinged on free throws. Turkey missed them. The U.S. made them. And that is how the Americans escaped what would have been a massive World Cup upset. Khris Middleton's two foul shots with 2.1 seconds left in overtime capped a wild finish to a wild game, as...

No surprise: USA tops Czechs 88-67 to open World Cup

Sep. 1, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

SHANGHAI (AP) — The first big celebratory reaction from the U.S. bench in this World Cup came just a couple of minutes after tipoff, when Myles Turner blocked a shot at the rim. And with that, the tone was set. There is an emphasis on defense with this U.S. team, and it was evident from the outset of its...

USA opens basketball World Cup quest, undaunted by doubters

Aug. 31, 2019 9:23 AM EDT

SHANGHAI (AP) — Kemba Walker sees an irony in the notion that USA Basketball is vulnerable going into the World Cup. It might be new for the U.S. program. It isn't that new for these U.S. players. The 12-man squad that makes its World Cup debut Sunday (8:30 a.m. EDT) isn't overpowering on paper. There's a...

For Gregg Popovich, leading USA Basketball is a true calling

Aug. 29, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

SHANGHAI (AP) — Even now, U.S coach Gregg Popovich remains a military man. Nearly a half-century after his graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy, it hasn't been uncommon in recent San Antonio Spurs offseasons for Popovich to return for workouts on the wooded trails of that campus in Colorado. He'd be...

Streak ends: US men's basketball falls to Australia, 98-94

Aug. 24, 2019 5:27 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The World Cup is a week away, and the United States is no lock for gold. Australia delivered that message to the world on Saturday. For the first time in nearly 13 years, a U.S. roster of NBA players played an international game — and lost. Patty Mills scored 30 points,...