USA Basketball’s FIBA World Cup Schedule 2014

Team USA listening to assistant coach Tom Thidodeau during practice

Team USA had lots of issues with completing their 12 man squad that will travel to Spain for the World Cup, but at the end it all fell into place as this is one of the youngest squads not only on the tournament, but in the modern history of USA basketball as well. They will match against Finland, Turkey, New Zealand, Dominican Republic and Ukraine in one of the easiest groups on the tournament. Here are all of the games in the group stage for team USA  that will be played from August 30 to September 4 in Bilbao, Spain. The full USA FIBA World Cup Schedule will be known after the end of the group stage. It is important to state that it is highly probable for them to meet Spain in the very finals, which is always good thing for basketball.

USA – Finland, Aug. 30/3:30 PM ESPN/Bizkaia Arena, Bilbao

The Finnish squad had one American citizen on their squad in the likes of Drew Gooden, but he withdrew from the team few days ago. It is hard to imagine that the experienced journeyman who spend his career in different team each season would have caused any problems to the powerful frontcourt that the Americans have. Just to refresh your memory the team is consisted of bigs: Andre Drummond, Demarcus Cousins, Kenneth Faried and Anthony Davis. This sounds very powerful doesn’t it? Instead of Gooden, the Finnish staff picked up Cleveland Cavalier’s young swingman Erik Murphy.

Turkey – Usa, Aug. 31/ 3:30 PM ESPN/Bizkaia Arena, Bilbao

Turkey always produced huge talent pool and they have couple of NBA representatives and experienced players, but this team features only players from the Turkish league. The leader of the team and the captain at the same time is Kerem Tunceri, while the most high profile player is Omer Asik from the Houston Rockets.

USA – New Zealand, Sept. 2/ 11:30 AM ESPN/Bizkaia Arena, Bilbao

New Zealand is known by its fearceless reputation and the fact that they always put up a great fight. They had a charizmatic leader 12 years ago when Pero Camerron played on the SG position. Today the team is consisted mainly of young players and couple of NCAA prospects. If they use their size and athleticizm well they could pass the group stage, but it will be very hard for them to accomplish something against this USA squad.

USA – Dominican Republic, Sept. 3/3:30 PM ESPN/Bizkaia Arena, Bilbao

Team USA already played a friendly against this Dominican Republic squad earlier this month and they just crushed them with a forty point differential, which was not hard to predict for a team that misses their biggest star Al Horford. Francisco Garcia is the only player with NBA experience and is a true leader of the squad.

Ukraine – USA, Sept. 4/ 11:30 AM ESPN/ Bizkaia Arena, Bilbao

Alex Len from the Phoenix Suns is not playing on the Ukrainian squad on this tournament. And it is not a big surprise as he tries to make an impact in Phoenix rather than coming back to the national team after four years of abscence. The Ukrainians have another big man coming from the NBA in the likes of Slava Kravtsov, also from the Phoenix Suns (formerly played for the Detroit Pistons).

 

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