Basketball team in United State He emerged as one of the favorites to win the race worldbut as happened in past editions of the ecumenical event, the Team USAThe coaching staff and NBA players added new frustration with the fall 127-118 Reverse Canada In overtime in Manila, Philippines, in the competition for third place.
Before the final match of the tournament Basketball World Cup, in which Germany won the champion for the first time in its history (83-77 to Serbia), two bronze medal favorites faced off in the run-up to the gold medal contest. Neither the United States nor Canada, both of which have elite teams, were able to defeat the Europeans and had to settle for the last step on the podium.
The Canadians, led by Spaniard Jordi Fernandez, were able to form an excellent team that included many distinguished men in the NBA, such as Dillon Brooks, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kelly Olynyk And Rowan BarrettAmong other things, in addition to qualifying for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, they won an emotional match against their northern neighbors in extra time. When it seemed that victory was in hand Canada, Michael Bridges He tied the game at 111 with a last-second three.
In extra time, Canada He demonstrated his scoring power brilliantly BrooksHe topped the match’s scorers list with 39 points, accompanied by Gilgeous-Alexander (31) and Rowan Alexander (23). And in the cast led by Steve Kerr, they did not reach 24 points for their star, Anthony EdwardsNor 23 of Austin Reeves.
“We put ourselves in a great position, we reached the semi-finals and were close to the goal, but we didn’t defend enough against Germany or Canada, that’s the bottom line,” Kerr stated after the defeat. This is the second World Cup in a row United Statewith a complete list of NBA players, He was left without a platform. The same thing happened at the 2019 Olympics in China, where the Americans lost in the quarterfinals to France.
The United States is the basketball team that has won the World Cup the most times 5 titles (Third runner-up) and just won the 2010 (Turkey) and 2014 (Spain) editions by a large margin over their competitors. In recent years, despite the presence of outstanding players in the NBA, they have not been able to control the dominance that they boast. This absolute title worked against them and increased criticism, even from other athletes from their country.
One of the clearest examples is what happens every time the NBA ends. The team that wins the ring is considered “World Champion” In basketball, while in reality the aforementioned title corresponds to the team that has the best position in the competition with teams from other countries. This new defeat for the Americans is another blow to their selfishness.
American athlete Noah LylesThe three-time world champion in the 100 and 200 meters and the 4×100 relay at Budapest 2023, threw a dart after the USA Basketball team was defeated by Germany in the semifinals.
“I have to watch the NBA Finals and see how they’re called world champions. World champion of what? From the United States? Don’t get me wrong. I love the United States, sometimes, but we are not the world. We are here in the world. Almost all countries fight each other, fight to win, and use their flags to show that they are represented. In the NBA there are no flags. We must do more. “We must represent the world.”He announced during his competition. This testimony gains more strength after the fall of the giant in the Basketball World Cup.
Basketball World Cup final positions
4- United States
12- Puerto Rico