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Analysis: USA Basketball's World Cup plan went awry long ago

Sep. 11, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

DONGGUAN, China (AP) — 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....

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...

Kuzma out of World Cup with ankle injury; US roster set

Aug. 24, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — USA Basketball said Saturday that Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers has a left ankle injury that will keep him from playing in the FIBA World Cup. Kuzma's absence finalized the U.S. roster for the tournament, which starts Aug. 31 in China. The Americans had 13 players and...

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,...

Walker, Turner lead US over Australia 102-86

Aug. 22, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — With his team playing on a raised basketball court in a stadium normally used for soccer and cricket, U.S. coach Gregg Popovich said he felt like he was on a movie set. "I kept looking behind me because I knew I was going to fall off the stage," he said. But once the game...

Analysis: Popovich faces tough numbers game for World Cup

Aug. 17, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — When Gregg Popovich was cut from the 1972 U.S. Olympic basketball roster, those making the decision took the easiest way out. They posted a note. "Clueless people," Popovich said, 47 years later, grinning to at least try to suggest it doesn't still bother him too much. It'll soon be...

Lowry (thumb) withdraws from USA Basketball's World Cup team

Aug. 12, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

Kyle Lowry of the NBA champion Toronto Raptors has withdrawn from the pool of candidates USA Basketball is considering to take to the FIBA World Cup later this month. Lowry said his surgically repaired thumb isn't ready to allow him to participate in on-court workouts. He had surgery last month to repair a torn...

Bagley withdraws from consideration for US World Cup team

Aug. 11, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Sacramento forward Marvin Bagley III has told USA Basketball that he is withdrawing from consideration for the roster that will be sent to China this month for the FIBA World Cup. Bagley's decision was revealed Sunday, two days before he was to report to El Segundo,...

USA Basketball plays first scrimmage in advance of World Cup

Aug. 10, 2019 12:51 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The first order of business for USA Basketball on Friday night was thanking its fans, so Donovan Mitchell grabbed a microphone to deliver the pregame message. He got right to the point. "We look forward to going out to China, representing the USA, and winning the gold," Mitchell said. And...

USA Basketball: Randle drops out of World Cup consideration

Aug. 3, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — USA Basketball's national team roster under consideration for the FIBA World Cup lost another name Saturday when New York's Julius Randle pulled out, citing a family matter. Randle's departure leaves 15 players on the national team for training camp in Las Vegas. Players are...