FIBA World Championships: With Roster Set, Can USA Win It All?

August 26th, 2010 by Shady Botros Leave a reply »
The FIBA World Championship starts in mere days, and while team USA comes into the tournament as a perennial favorite, it’s far from a sure thing.

There’s a huge monkey on team USA’s back considering it hasn't won the tournament since 1994, back when the likes of Reggie Miller, Dominique Wilkins, and Joe Dumars led the team to the top.

This is a huge deal considering this is considered the premier competition for international basketball. Maybe in America the Olympics are considered to be more important than the FIBA worlds, but that’s not how it is viewed around the world.

Team USA also comes into this tournament with a roster full of players that aren’t exactly the cream of the crop that this country has to produce.

None of the members from the "Redeem Team" are coming back for this tournament, and many of the players who were part of the 22 man roster withdrew, whether it was Amar’e Stoudemire with contract insurance issues, or Brook Lopez, who struggled to recover from mono.

To be honest, if the coaches had their desired roster we wouldn’t see many of these names.

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