Tooley: Whether you’re on the team or not, even if you’re not tied to USA Basketball or the NBA, you’re embarrassed as an American of how it went. We’ll never forget that. Anthony: We knew that we kind of had to destroy and rebuild after that for USA Basketball.
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Tooley: One of the best basketball games I’ve ever seen live was USA-Spain, the Gold Medal Game and it was just phenomenal. Pau Gasol (2004-16 Olympian, Spain): It was very competitive game, it was back and forth a lot. They were throwing punches, but we were not backing down. It was really a fun game to play in until the last few minutes of the game and Kobe took over.
That all but eliminates NBA players – and likely college players – from playing World Cup qualifiers during some of the windows. “We’ll take it step-by-step and do the best we can,” USA Basketball executive director and CEO Jim Tooley said. “A lot of countries have questions. We’re all trying to figure this out.”