USA WORLD CUP ROSTER TO PLAY IN MELBOURNE AND SYDNEY
TEG Live, promoter of the huge USA Basketball games against Australian Boomers at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium on 22 & 24 August and against Canada at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on 26 August, welcome the news overnight that the USA team could feature 11 NBA All-Stars when they play in Australia.
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Earlier this morning, USA Basketball named 20 players to attend their 2019 Men’s National Team Training Camp in Las Vegas (5 – 9 August), from which their 2019 FIBA World Cup roster will be selected. It’s this final roster that will face the NBA-laden Boomers and Canada teams, as all three nations finalise their preparation for the 2019 World Cup in China, held between August 31 – September 15.
Led by USA Basketball National Team head coach Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs), the group announced includes seven 2019 NBA All-Stars in Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), James Harden (Houston Rockets), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers), Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors), Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks) and Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets), plus two of the NBA’s brightest young stars in Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz) and Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics).
Eighteen of the 20 players boast of prior USA Basketball experience, and the group includes five players who are U.S. Olympic gold medallists and five players have won FIBA World Cup gold. Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings) (2016), Davis (2012), Harden (2012), Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers) (2012) and Lowry (2016) have each captured Olympic gold, while Davis, Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons) and Harden were part of the gold medallist 2014 USA World Cup Team and Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets) and Love were members of the gold medallist 2010 USA World Cup Team.
20 Players named for USA Basketball 2019 Men’s National Team Training Camp
|NAME||POS||HGT||WGT||AGE||CURRENT NBA TEAM|
|Harrison Barnes||F||6-8||225||27||Sacramento Kings|
|Bradley Beal||G||6-5||207||25||Washington Wizards|
|Anthony Davis||F/C||6-10||253||26||New Orleans|
|Andre Drummond||C||6-11||279||25||Detroit Pistons|
|Eric Gordon||G||6-4||215||30||Houston Rockets|
|James Harden||G||6-5||220||29||Houston Rockets|
|Tobias Harris||F||6-9||235||26||Philadelphia 76ers|
|Kyle Kuzma||F||6-9||220||23||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Damian Lillard||G||6-3||195||28||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Brook Lopez||C||7-0||270||31||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Kevin Love||F||6-10||251||30||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Kyle Lowry||G||6-1||196||33||Toronto Raptors|
|CJ McCollum||G||6-3||190||27||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Khris Middleton||F||6-8||222||27||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Paul Millsap||F||6-8||246||34||Denver Nuggets|
|Donovan Mitchell||G||6-3||215||22||Utah Jazz|
|Jayson Tatum||F||6-8||208||21||Boston Celtics|
|P.J. Tucker||F||6-6||245||34||Houston Rockets|
|Myles Turner||C||6-11||255||23||Indiana Pacers|
|Kemba Walker||G||6-1||184||29||Charlotte Hornets|
- Managing Director: Jerry Colangelo
- Head Coach: Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs)
- Assistant Coach: Steve Kerr (Golden State Warriors)
- Assistant Coach: Lloyd Pierce (Atlanta Hawks)
- Assistant Coach: Jay Wright (Villanova University)
The USA team will arrive in Melbourne on August 19 to prepare for the Australian sporting event of the year, when they face the greatest Australian Boomers side ever assembled in front of over 110,000 fans across two massive games at Marvel Stadium.
Following these two encounters, USA will then round out their World Cup preparations when they take on North American rivals, Canada, at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney on August 26. With 18 Canadians featuring in this year’s NBA, and College Basketball superstar R.J. Barrett eligible for selection, it’s expected the Canadians will field a very strong team in Sydney.
Not since the 2000 Sydney Olympics has Australia seen such high-quality men’s international basketball on these shores, with TEG Live playing a central role in delivering these games, in addition to the Boomers two games against Canada at RAC Arena in Perth on August 16 and 17.
TEG CEO Geoff Jones said: “Having hosted a number of world-class sporting spectacles in Australia over recent years, TEG Live is delighted to be bringing the biggest stars in basketball to our shores this August.
“The USA team is arguably the highest profile national team in world sport and today’s announcement by USA Basketball confirms that fans attending Marvel Stadium in Melbourne will witness the most prominent basketballers to ever appear on court in Australia.
“USA, Canada and Australia will all be chockful of NBA talent when they play in Australia ahead of this year’s World Cup, providing fans with the opportunity to witness these global superstars play live in our own backyard,” concluded Jones.
USA BASKETBALL V AUSTRALIAN BOOMERS
Thursday 22 August 2019 – Marvel Stadium, Melbourne at 7.30pm (local)
Saturday 24 August 2019 – Marvel Stadium, Melbourne at 2.00pm (local)
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USA BASKETBALL V CANADA BASKETBALL
Monday 26 August 2019 – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney at 7.30pm (local)
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