Team USA finalizes FIBA World Cup roster

Team USA has finalized their roster for the FIBA World Cup. That roster will not include Kyle Kuzma. The Lakers wing went down with an ankle injury prior to Team USA’s 98-94 loss to Australia Saturday and that will keep him out of the international competition, announced USA Basketball on Saturday. Sans Kuzma, here is the 12-man roster: Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings) Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics) Joe Harris (Brooklyn Nets) Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks) Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks) Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz) Mason Plumlee (Denver Nuggets) Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics)…

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Australia shocks USA 98-94

From Bleacher Report: The United States men’s basketball team suffered its first loss while using NBA players in nearly 13 years Saturday morning, as Australia pulled off a 98-94 upset in a FIBA Basketball World Cup warm-up game at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne. “They wanted it more than us tonight,” Team USA guard Kemba Walker told reporters. “Lesson learned for us.” It marked the end of a 78-game winning streak for the U.S. senior men’s national team. Patty Mills, who plays for U.S. head coach Gregg Popovich with the San Antonio…

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Kemba Walker and Donovan Mitchell lead Team USA to 102-86 win over Aussie Boomers

From nba.com: After a slow start Thursday, the U.S. Men’s National Team stayed perfect in its exhibition play with a 102-86 win against Australia. Although there was fairly balanced scoring for Team USA, the win was fueled in large part by the play of starting guards Kemba Walker and Donovan Mitchell. The duo sizzled in the second half of the game, with each finishing with double-figure scoring. * Box score: USA vs. Australia Walker led all scorers with 23 points, many of which came in the second half. Mitchell had 13 points, while Kyle…

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USA Basketball named training camp roster

From nbl.com.au: USA Basketball have named a squad of 20 that will compete at a Las Vegas training camp to be named in the final 2019 FIBA World Cup team that travels to Australia to face the Boomers at Marvel Stadium before going onto China. The stacked lineup features NBA All-Stars James Harden, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Kemba Walker, Bradley Beal, Andre Drummond, Kevin Love, Brook Lopez, Kyle Lowry, Paul Millsap and Khris Middleton. Up and coming stars Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum, Miles Turner and Kyle Kuzma have also been included in…

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Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum amongst names for USA Basketball

From nbl.com.au : Team USA’s squad for the matches against Australia at Marvel Stadium in August continues to grow, with numerous All-Stars among the updated list of reported names to be added to the team. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, players expected to join USA’s training camp for the FIBA World Cup includes Bradley Beal, Eric Gordon, Kyle Kuzma, Damian Lillard, Brook Lopez, Kevin Love, CJ McCollum and Jayson Tatum. PJ Tucker and  Paul Millsap were also mentioned as possibilities to be included in the squad. USA’s two games against the Boomers will serve…

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