World Cup Rumors
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.
Egyptian-American basketball player, Abdel Nader, who plays for NBA’s Boston Celtics is now eligible to represent the Egyptian basketball team. The Egyptian born, who was added to the Celtics roster ahead of the 2017/2018 season opener after being named NBA-G league Rookie of the Year for the 2016/2017 season, agreed to represent Egypt in the second phase of the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup African qualifications.
Is your aim to play for Latvia in the World Cup Qualifiers during the June/July and September 2018 windows? Kristaps Porzingis: Yes, I’d love to. I had a great time last summer and I want to repeat the experience. I’m looking forward to playing with my teammates again and trying to help Latvia qualify for the World Cup. That’s a goal for us and for Latvian basketball, and we all want to give our best to qualify and travel to China to compete on the world stage.
The U.S. men’s basketball team will host its next two World Cup qualifying games in Santa Cruz, California, at the home of the Golden State Warriors’ G League affiliate. The Americans will play Cuba on Feb. 23 and Puerto Rico on Feb. 26 at Kaiser Permanente Arena, USA Basketball announced Monday. The Americans beat Puerto Rico last month during their 2-0 start in the new qualifying format for the 2019 World Cup in China.