With only a few weeks left until the start of the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Team USA seems to be going through some growing pains. It’s still far too early to judge this year’s collection of talent, but it’s pretty evident that they don’t have as much firepower as they’re accustomed to.
Team USA is currently down to 15 players now that Kyle Lowry has withdrawn from the process. Unfortunately, the coaching staff hasn’t found the right lineup to close out games.
During practice on Wednesday, Team USA faced a collection of G-League and overseas players.
Surprisingly, the mixed team of G-League and overseas players were victorious in the scrimmage. According to Lakers reporter Mike Trudell, they beat Team USA handily.
The lineup that closed out the game for Gregg Popovich consisted of Kemba Walker, Donovan Mitchell, Harrison Barnes, PJ Tucker and Brook Lopez.
It’s an alarming loss as they’re only 17 days away from the World Cup.
A collection of G-League/overseas players beat Team USA (closing line up of K. Walker, D. Mitchell, H. Barnes, PJ Tucker and B. Lopez handily in a scrimmage just now to close USA practice. Great effort from the unheralded group.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) August 14, 2019
The team that defeated the national squad featured Justin Anderson, Chris Chiozza, Chasson Randle, John Jenkins and several other players with NBA experience.
Here is the Los Angeles Select Team:
Here's the LA Select Team roster USA Basketball assembled, mostly from the FIBA World Cup qualifiers, currently scrimmaging in LA tonight versus the 15 NBA players vying to make the World Cup Team. Cool to see USA Basketball reward some of the guys that helped get them to China. pic.twitter.com/5kni54gRd0
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) August 14, 2019
Although Team USA remains the favorite heading into the tournament, countries such as Serbia, Spain, Australia and Greece could potentially defeat them.
Basketball fans – are you worried about this year’s team?