With Team USA being eliminated from the FIFA World Cup, this will give Team USA Basketball a chance to take over in the FIBA World Cup that will be hosted in Spain next month. The USA Basketball Men’s National Team will train later this month in Las Vegas, and will also host an exhibition game open to the public on August 1. Team USA will play Brazil in the upcoming exhibition game on August 16 in Chicago, followed by another exhibition game against the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico in New York. The FIBA World Cup will be hosted in Gran Canaria, Spain.
There are currently 28 players on the 2014-2016 Team USA roster, including NBA All-Stars from both Western and Eastern conferences. Representing the Western Conference will be LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin, Kenneth Faried, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, Gordon Hayward, DeMarcus Cousins, James Harden, Dwight Howard, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, David Lee, Damian Lillard, Kevin Love, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook. The Eastern Conference will consist of Kyle Korver, Bradley Beal, LeBron James, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Derrick Rose, Kyrie Irving, and Deron Williams. Together, the 28 big-time NBA stars will take on Brazil’s National Basketball Team.
Not only does the team consist of a solid, all-star roster, but Team USA will be led and coached by some of basketball’s biggest names. College basketball legends, Duke University coach Mike Krzyzewski, “Coach K,” and coach Joe Boeheim from Syracuse will lead Team USA. The two will also be assisted by two of NBA’s coaches. Tom Thibodeau from the Chicago Bulls and Monty Williams from the New Orleans Pelicans will also be part of the promising coaching staff.
Team USA will assemble in Las Vegas from July 28-July 31 for training days. This will follow an exhibition game on August 1. The exhibition game will be the traditional Team USA Blue versus White. The game will be open to the public as it will be hosted in Las Vegas’s UNLV Thomas & Mack Center.
Following a 12-day break, Team USA will then meet in Chicago from August 14-15 for training. The conclusion of the training will consist of an exhibition game against Brazil on August 16. In the upcoming exhibition game against Brazil, Team USA should expect a crowd in Chicago’s United Center which holds a little over 19,700 seats. Following this will be two more exhibition games in New York against the Dominican Republic’s National Basketball Team and a second game against Puerto Rico. This will be held from August 17-22 in New York’s Madison Square Garden.
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s point guard Russell Westbrook and Golden State Warriors’ small forward and shooting guard Andre Iguodala will currently not play with Team USA, though they will be of attendance. Westbrook’s representatives stated that he needs to rest for the upcoming NBA season as he suffered from his third knee injury since April 2013. Iguodala will not play due to the rehabilitation of a right knee procedure from an injury from last season also.
Team USA will host a total of three different exhibition games before flying to Gran Canaria, Spain for the FIBA World Cup. The games will include a total of 24 national teams in the world-wide tournament from August 30 through September 14. Team USA will play in Bilboa, Spain in the preliminary round.
Commentary By Tricia Manalansan