NBA fans from the Philippines will witness the glory of USA basketball at the upcoming 2023 FIBA World Cup in Manila. Follow for more livescore basketball news here!
As the main host of the prestigious basketball tournament, the FIBA World Cup, Philippines have the rights to elect single team that they wanted to play in their region, the Philippine basketball leaders picked USA men’s basketball, while the Co-host Japan has picked Slovenia that has Luka Doncic, while Indonesia picks Canada that also expected to bring lots of NBA talents.
So, USA basketball will play all of its World Cup games next year in Manila and won’t need to worry about traveling during the tournament. Assuming that the team USA will finish its task on the final window in February beating Uruguay and Brazil to book the spot at the World Cup.
“I’d like to think it works to our advantage,” said Grant Hill, a former NBA player and USA National Team’s managing director. “I think we have to be mindful and respectful that these players are on airplanes all throughout the regular season and kind of move from city to city, bed to bed, hotel to hotel. It’s a grind… I think once we get there, and we get settled, we can kind of plant some roots for a couple of weeks. I think it is something that can work to our advantage.”
The Slovenian squad led by Goran Dragic and the Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic will play their group stage games in Okinawa, while Canada led by Barrett and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will play its opening game in Jakarta. Both Slovenia and Canada already qualified at the World Cup, while USA needed to seal their slot by winning only one game either against Uruguay or Brazil.
It is highly expected that many or most NBA players will represent the five-time FIBA World Cup Champion United States and with the vision and a mission to seek the reclamation of being the number one in the World and their FIBA World Cup throne after an embarrassing and disappointing 2019 FIBA World Cup output in China.
“Each host could select a preferred team based on commercial reasons, as their choice will have no impact on the integrity of the event or the draw process,” said FIBA in a statement.
In total, 32 teams/nations will be sharing the World Cup hardwood court in the showcase that will culminate for the World Cup final in the biggest indoor sports, the Philippine Arena. The group draw will be on April 29 in Manila.
In the previous 2019 World Cup, some teams complained that the travel between multiple cities was draining. FIBA said that they addressed those concerns for next year. ‘We will have a reduction in the transfer,” said Andreas Zagklis, the FIBA secretary general. “You’ll remember that teams changed (locations) two or three times in China. There will be one transfer and this is only for those who will be playing in Japan or Indonesia… and after the transfer we’ll also have an extra rest day before the final phase starts.”
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