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SportTeam USA’s FIBA World Cup will end in disappointment, but they did what they needed to

08:40  13 september  2019
08:40  13 september  2019 Source:   nydailynews.com

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If the loss to France wasn’t demoralizing enough, Team USA’s disheartening 94-89 World Cup consolation game loss to Serbia was kicking the country while it was down. Forget about placing on the podium. Team USA will be lucky to place seventh in the tournament. Maybe they should have brought Carmelo Anthony along for the trip after all.

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If the U.S. was going to lose, it was always going to be this way. Elite international teams have a blend of size and skill that Team USA’s undersized and young team stood no chance against. Against France, Rudy Gobert dominated the paint, while the backcourt pressure of their guards — led by none other than Knicks’ tweener Frank Ntilikina — stifled Kemba Walker. And against Serbia, the U.S. looked disheartened and unenthused after already being eliminated from placing in the top-three. Case-in-point: Team USA fell to a 32-7 deficit in the first quarter. Even with their superstars, it’s hard to erase that kind of gap.

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To be fair, Serbia was looking like one of the top teams in the tournament before facing an earlier than expected exit at the hands of Argentina. Nikola Jokic is a rising superstar for the Denver Nuggets. Bogdan Bogdanovic is a gunner, expected to get a contract extension in Sacramento. Boban Marjanovic might be taller than two people standing on top of each other, and Nemanja Bjelica, who plays in Sacramento, is a gritty stretch-four. Serbia was as tough an opponent as the U.S. would run into.

It’s a disappointing end, that’s for sure. Team USA has one more game: a match-up against Poland, the winner of which will place seventh. But seventh isn’t good enough, not by Team USA standards. There’s a silver lining in it all, however: The country has already qualified for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

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DONGGUAN, China — The United States men’ s national basketball team arrived at this FIBA World Cup fearing Giannis Antetokounmpo of Greece The early exit also heaped more disappointment on Coach Gregg Popovich’ s national team career, which has been filled with uncharacteristic setbacks

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The bat signal will appear in the sky next summer, and the talents that withdrew from FIBA play this year will likely throw their hats in the ring to help atone for this World Cup performance. There are some international powerhouses, including Serbia, Argentina and Spain, but at its peak, the United States has the best pool of elite talent on the planet. LeBron James said playing in the Olympics next summer is “a possibility.” As for the rest of the superstars in the league? They should jump at the chance to win an Olympic gold medal.

Although this isn’t the ending Team USA envisioned, the mission is still complete. The NBA sent its B-team — really its C-team — and still put up a valiant effort against the best other countries had to offer. That’s admirable, even with this outcome.

For now, Team USA has to wonder what could have been had things been different. What if P.J. Tucker and Kyle Kuzma didn’t withdraw due to injury? What if just one more star decided to join the team for the trip? What if Gregg Popovich didn’t play his three big men a combined 16 minutes in their elimination game against France?

And what if they brought Olympic Melo along for the ride?

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