USA Basketball Rumors
In addition to his new title with the Heat, Battier was named last month to USA Basketball’s Junior National team selection committee. He played for the World Championship team in 2006 that won the bronze medal. “It’s a huge honor,” Battier said. “I take the responsibility very seriously to keep USA Basketball on top.”
In order to qualify for the 2019 China World Cup, USA Basketball will use its D-League players, the organization announced on Tuesday. The decision to do so stemmed from the new World Cup qualification schedule, which has laid out games to be played during the NBA’s regular season. “This will be an excellent opportunity for NBA D-League players to showcase their talent and experience meaningful and important international competition while representing the United States,” USA Basketball CEO Jim Tooley said in a news release.
Jefferson and Duncan reflected on their experience with Team USA at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. That was the disappointing, Larry Brown-coached team that won a bronze medal. Jefferson said that, when they got together and clearly weren’t jelling, Duncan told him, “We’re going to be lucky to medal with this group.” I guess they were lucky then.