World Cup Rumors

With the help of Yao Ming, China won the right to host the 2019 Basketball World Cup. China beat out the Philippines in a vote at a FIBA meeting in Tokyo on Friday. “We talked openly about everything” said Kings VP of Basketball and Franchise Operations Vlade Divac of the meeting between DeMarcus Cousins, George Karl, Assistant GM Mike Bratz and himself in Las Vegas earlier this week. “I was very happy and excited about the (upcoming) season.”
He is not a big fan of the change of World Cup format, which will see the tournament moved from 2018 to 2019 as FIBA seeks to get out from the shadow of soccer’s World Cup, which is also played in even-numbered, non-Olympic years. The FIBA tournament will be in Asia. “They say change is always good, but I don’t think in this case,” Colangelo said. “We had this thing cranked up so well, the format that we had every two years, Olympics then championship, was very comfortable for us. So FIBA, in its desire to become bigger and more influential in the world basketball scene, went to this new format and the NBA bought into it. And it is what it is. So, you adjust.”