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U.S.A. Basketball’s No-Win Situation Became Too Real

France halted the U.S. men's basketball team’s 58-game winning streak in international tournaments

12.9.2019

France halted the U.S. men's basketball team’s 58-game winning streak in international tournaments

The U.S.A. men’s basketball team had little to gain from winning the FIBA World Cup, but now its players are experiencing the harsh cost of losing.

In a tournament of such modest standing in our hoops culture, compared to the Olympics, typically only by losing does the United States men’s national basketball team command the attention of the mainstream sports public.

quarterfinal loss to France at the Dongguan Basketball Center.

Donovan Mitchell led the United States with 29 points against France, but he faltered in the fourth quarter of the loss.

“It’s all sort of sinking in right now,” the Nets’ Joe Harris said. “They outplayed us from the get-go, really. We were reacting the whole night.

One locker-room observer suggested afterward that, in his time in the league, he had never seen such a despondent scene after a loss. Harris, unprompted, made multiple mentions of the “39 days” that this group spent together trying to establish sufficient continuity to get through eight games and make their summer

Falling short of the medal round completely, of course, means Gregg Popovich’s debut as national team head coach didn’t go any better than his painful stints as an assistant in 2002 and 2004, when the United States finished sixth at the world championship in Indianapolis and third in the Olympics. In six major competitions in between those lows, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski coached the United States to five golds — three in the Olympics and two in the World Cup.

Even before an exhibition loss to Australia last month and a near-loss to Turkey in first-round pool play, Popovich knew that the unreliability of his power players, his lack of depth and a backcourt pairing of Kemba Walker and Donovan Mitchell, who embraced the challenge of leading this group but clashed stylistically, could be problems.

Popovich spent much of his postgame news conference trying to play defense, calling it a “disrespectful notion” when a reporter

“France beat us — doesn’t matter who is on the team,” Popovich said. “There’s no such thing as ‘other guys.’ ”

Read more: The New York Times

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