World Cup Rumors
The 29-year-old was slated to join the USA Basketball men’s team in London in 2012, but a torn meniscus in his left knee forced him to withdraw. In 2014, as the United States was preparing for the FIBA World Cup tournament in Spain, hoping to secure an automatic bid to the 2016 Olympics, Griffin pulled out in July for what he told The Athletic was a lingering knee issue that needed to be addressed. “He was very much in the mix of making a couple of teams and injuries at the very last moment took him out,” USA Basketball director Jerry Colangelo said following the announcement.
The 40 participating teams (20 men’s and 20 women’s) were divided into 8 pools of 5 after the automatic seeding of the 5th edition of the FIBA 3×3 World Cup, which will be staged in the Philippines on June 8-12, 2018. The reigning champions will get busy early in the competition. Serbia’s men are in for a rematch of last year’s World Cup against the Netherlands while Russia’s women will meet 2-time winners USA. [….] The seeding is conducted automatically according to the FIBA 3×3 Federation Ranking of each national federation at the April 1, 2018 cut-off date.
While speaking to “Sportklub” his intention is clear. “Yes, yes, of course. I hope to play as well in the qualification games”, Teodosic replied when asked when he will play again for the national team. However, he is not a fan of the current FIBA World Cup qualification system: “In this qualification system basketball only loses because of the lesser quality. FIBA might have imagined that in those windows Bogdan Bogdanovic, Nemanja Bjelica and all the EuroLeague players will be present, but this is simply not possible because we have also our season. I hope we will come to a solution and stop things looking like this”.
Marc Stein: Alonzo Gee, Travis Wear, Terrence Jones, Larry Drew II and David Stockton are among the NBA vets chosen for the @usabasketball squad to face Mexico during All-Star Weekend and then play for Jeff Van Gundy in two @FIBAWC qualifiers this month, according to league sources.
Jeff Zillgitt: Also, Semaj Christon, who played for the U.S. in the November World Cup qualifying games, has been invited back, I’ve been told, for qualifying team training camp in preparation of February World Cup qualifying games. Aaron Harrison also one of 14 players invited.