World Cup: Four London Vets Headline Team USA Pool

USA Basketball announced it was inviting 19 players to its training camp later this month in preparation for the World Cup of Basketball, which opens in Spain on Aug. 30.

Two of the invitees are new to USA Basketball and were not on the original list of 28 players being considered for the 2014-16 men’s national team.

Chandler Parsons of the Dallas Mavericks and DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors are the new additions.

The final 12 selections will be made before the Team USA leaves for Spain.

Here is the current roster, along with their age at the start of the World Cup. Note that the positions listed are from USA Basketball:

The head coach for the U.S. national team is Mike Krzyzewski of Duke, with Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim on board as an assistant once again, along with NBA coaches Tom Thibodeau of the Bulls and Monty Williams of the Pelicans.

The four veterans from USA Basketball’s gold-medal winning team in London in 2012 are Durant, Love, Harden and Davis.

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said the roster could be cut to 15 after training camp in Las Vegas, which runs July 28-Aug. 1.

The team will play four exhibition games—as well as the USA Basketball Showcase on Aug. 1 in Las Vegas to conclude training camp.

They will play Brazil in Chicago on Aug. 16 before heading to New York for two games, against the Dominican Republic on Aug. 20 and Puerto Rico on Aug. 22.

From there, it will be on to Spain, with a tune-up game against Slovenia scheduled for Aug. 26 in Gran Canaria.

The World Cup of Basketball has been renamed for 2014, as it was known as the FIBA World Championship through 2010.

The first two qualifiers for the World Cup were Spain, as the host nation, and Team USA as the defending Olympic champion.

Angola, Egypt and Senegal qualified in August 2013 at the FIBA Africa Championship in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Iran, the Philippines and South Korea also qualified in August at the FIBA Asia Championship.

Australia and New Zealand were the qualifiers at the FIBA Oceania Championship in August.

Mexico, Puerto Rico, Argentina and the Dominican Republic joined the party in September at the FIBA Americas Championship in Caracas, Venezuela.

Also qualifying in September were France, Lithuania, Croatia, Slovenia, Ukraine and Serbia at EuroBasket 2013.

The final four slots for the World Cup were filled in February when FIBA awarded wild card berths to Brazil, Finland, Greece and Turkey.

There will also be some new things to look for, as this will be the first time the World Cup will be played with the expanded free-throw lane, the restricted arc under each basket and a 3-point line that has been extended to 21 feet, 8 inches in the corners and 22 feet, 1¾ inches elsewhere on the floor.

The U.S. will play in Group C along with the Dominican Republic, Finland, New Zealand, Turkey and Ukraine, with the top four teams from each group advancing to the elimination round.

The other groups include:

  • Group A: Brazil, Egypt, France, Iran, Serbia, Spain.
  • Group B: Argentina, Croatia, Greece, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Senegal.
  • Group D: Angola, Australia, Lithuania, Mexico, Slovenia, South Korea.

In pool play, the U.S. will play at the Bizkaia Arena in Barakaldo, Spain, playing five games in six days. The schedule is below:

  • Aug. 30: Finland
  • Aug. 31: Turkey
  • Sept. 2: New Zealand
  • Sept. 3: Dominican Republic
  • Sept. 4: Ukraine

The round of 16 will be played Sept. 6-7 in Madrid and Barcelona. Quarterfinals will be played on Sept. 9-10 in those two locations and semifinals will be Sept. 11 in Barcelona and Sept. 12 in Madrid.

The third place and championship games will be played in Madrid on Sept. 13 and 14.

The U.S. is the defending champion, taking the 2010 FIBA World Championship with an 81-64 win over host Turkey on Sept. 12, 2010.

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