In fifteen days one of the strangest basketball World Cups in recent years begins. The United States , a great favorite, and Spain , a companion of Serbia, France and Greece in the second tier of contenders, are measured at four in the next morning in Anaheim (California) to analyze moments, manage tactics and, contrary to what has past in his last clashes: face.
During the last month and a half, the United States knows more about their absences than their confirmations . The first half of July we knew that they were not going to participate in the tournament with their Version A , touching August we realized that it would not be Team B , and now, in the absence of only a few days for the first initial jump in China , we have To start talking about what may be the worst combination of players that the United States has ever taken to an international event. Does that make it a bad selection? Stop being the favorite? No, and absolutely not.
The United States will put on the Asian tracks the best team in the World Cup, but a team that is far from the Dream Team that used to gather in the last appointments. In that absence of stars directly influence two factors: injuries and age. Paul George was seriously injured in 2014 and during the last two years big league stars have suffered very serious problems. The last, Kevin Durant . LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony assumed the responsibility of leading their generation from bronze in Athens 2004 and have almost never said no, until the former has been forced to prepare his last ring attempt better than ever with the Lakers , the second has retired and the third has lost the wake of the league. The Redeem Team , which also said "yes" Kobe Bryant , won gold in 2008 and 2012, and lived in the World Cup in Spain 2014 its first great revolution due to the rejection of the greatest: they came young stars like Curry, Thompson, Irving, Davis, Cousins ... Now something similar happens again. Of the three best quintets that the NBA chooses each year, only four players will play the World Cup: Antetokounmpo (Greece) and Jokic (Serbia) of the first and Gobert (France) and Kemba Walker (United States) of the third. Only Kemba, now in the Celtics , will safeguard national pride in China. A revolution more forced than in 2014, but in which, waiting for the final list, new stars appear that should throw down the gates of the league and the national team.
The United States national team
BASES Kemba Walker (29, Boston Celtics), De'Aaron Fox (21, Kings), Marcus Smart (25, Celtics), Donovan Mitchell (23, Utah Jazz), Joe Harris (27, Brooklyn Nets) and Derrick White (25, Spurs)
ALERTS Kyle Kuzma (24, LA Lakers), Khris Middleton (28, Milwaukee Bucks), PJ Tucker (34, Houston Rockets), Jayson Tatum (21, Boston Celtics), Harrison Barnes (27, Sacramento Kings) and Jaylen Brown (22, Celtics)
PIVOTS Brook López (31, Bucks), Mason Plumlee (29, Nuggets) and Myles Turner (23, Pacers).
Walker is the big star, the most contrasted player, and Middleton , the Antetokounmpo squire in the Bucks, has seniority and gallons to act as a leader. Mitchell, Tatum and Fox must put the points, hunger and spark, either from the initial quintet or from the second unit. Gregg Popovich and Steve Kerr are the true Dream Team of this team, the two best NBA coaches leading a team that wants to prove that it is not the Z Version of the country. And they have wicker to win. Because the Smart , if health allows, Brown or Tucker will put the trade, defense and competitiveness that can escape others. We will see if it is enough to get a new gold.
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- Kemba Walker
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- Boston Celtics
- Nikola Jokic
- Utah Jazz
- Brooklyn Nets
- Gregg Popovich
- Houston Rockets
- Kobe Bryant
- Milwaukee Bucks
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