The World Cup ended. USA didn't medal. The globe proved again that Americans, even with NBA players, are vulnerable abroad.
USA Basketball now concentrates on the Paris Olympics, which will be even harder than the World Cup, reminding them how much the FIBA game has changed.
US coach Steve Kerr stated, “The narrative about USA Basketball and FIBA, and do we need reminders, we’re past that. “These teams are great.”
Next summer, Kerr will attend the Olympics. Erik Spoelstra, Tyronn Lue, and Mark Few support the Paris Games.
The mission remains gold or else. Silver, bronze, or a repeat of Manila's fourth-place performance will be devastating. The U.S. has won 19 men's basketball medals at the Olympics
“I don't think as Americans and basketball players that we think we can't lose,” said USA Basketball legend Carmelo Anthony, who won three gold and one bronze at the Olympics.
Win or lose at this World Cup, the U.S. brain trust knew it would have to make some tough roster decisions in the following weeks and months.