At the 2023 Basketball World Cup in the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia, the United States lost to Canada in the third-place match and once again missed a medal.
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This new defeat follows the seventh-place finish of the Chinese team in 2019, and the gold medal-clinching debut of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics without losing to the French team, and they set an unbeaten record of nearly 17 years with NBA players in previous friendly matches. , attracted people’s attention. America’s New Desire.
There is a possibility that the main figures of the biggest league in the world could once again join the American team, as happened before 2008 in Beijing in 2007, the so-called “Redemptors Team”.
The main seducer of the idea was LeBron James, who was hailed as an American legend towards the end of his career and who hinted he wanted to compete in the 2024 Paris Olympics.
LeBron James is going through his final season as a professional player.Photo Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
One edit showed him hanging out with Stephen Curry, Jayson Tatum, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Jimmy Butler, Devin Booker, Damian Lillard and Ko Wearing a U.S. jersey alongside White Leonard sparked interest and received an emoji comment from the King.
According to American reporter Shams Charania, Curry and Durant are also among those willing to board LeBron’s boat.
The last truly strong team we remember from Barcelona’s mythical “Dream Team” in 1992 was the team from the 2012 London Olympics, which included James, Kobe, Durant, Paul, Anthony, etc. people.
Team USA 2012.Photo credit: Steve Marcus/Reuters
However, beatings similar to those taken by the likes of Michael Jordan have yet to be replicated, a sign of the growing equality in FIBA basketball.
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Specifically, this scenario does not guarantee an easy victory for the United States. Yes, this will be a different team than in 2023, with more All-Star players and previous FIBA experience.
But that happens to most teams. The runner-up team did not include NBA Finals MVP Nikola Jokic and Vasily Misic, EuroLeague MVP and brand new NBA players.
Nikola Jokic can be considered the best player in the world right now.Photo credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Team Canada, the executioner in the fight for the third spot, is also without two of its greatest names: Jamal Murray and Andrew Wiggins.
Without delving into the rest of the lineup, champion Germany itself didn’t bring in NBA point guard Max Kleber due to an internal dispute with starter Dennis Schroder.
France, the biggest loser of the World Cup, won the right to host the Olympics. And will add French-born Cameroonian Joel Embiid and Giants commit Victor Wembanyama.
Spain, back in Asia to defend their title, managed just enough against Canada and were not as strong as they have been in the past decade. On top of that, Ricky Rubio temporarily resigned due to mental health issues. There is also no nationalized Lorenzo Brown, a key player at Euro 2022.
Rubio is the best player in 2019. Photo credit: Thomas Peter/Reuters
Perhaps because the train has already passed through Greece, former MVP and NBA ring holder Giannis Antetokounmpo has chosen to head to the Northern Hemisphere to rest this summer.
Latvia, Cinderella and the surprise of the 2023 World Cup, is one step away from knocking out the champions and reaching the semi-finals, all without taking into account the injuries to Kristaps Porzingis and captain Darius Bell during the game Tans situation.