World Cup Rumors
Filipino boxing great Manny Pacquiao will travel to Japan next month to lend a hand as the Philippines bids against China to host the 2019 basketball World Cup. Manuel V. Pangilinan, the president of the Basketball Federation of the Philippines, said Friday that Pacquiao will be among Filipino government officials and business executives who will try to persuade FIBA to award the hosting of the tournament to the Philippines.
Some players from the Philadelphia 76ers visited you last summer when you were playing with Croatia at the World Cup in Spain. How did that feel? Dario Saric: That meant so much to me. Three top players came to Spain to support me and support my team. The coach (Brett Brown) came too. It was a big thing for me that people from the team that selected me came to support me, that they had my back like that. It made playing easier for me and didn’t feel any additional pressure.
After missing last year’s FIBA World Cup after undergoing offseason rotator cuff surgery, Spurs guard Patty Mills says he plans to resume work with the Australian national team in this summer’s Olympic qualifier. “It was rough sitting out last year,” Mills said. “It was a major tournament, and it was hard knowing that I wasn’t there. Having sat out last year, I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing with the guys.”