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“The Answer,” who was part of the only U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team featuring NBA players to not bring home a gold medal, also opened up about being hurt when he was not asked to play for the 2008 “Redeem Team.” “I definitely didn’t want to make a big deal about it out of respect for the guys that they did choose; those are my guys, you know me, and I rooted for them to the end but deep down, it bothered me. It hurt,” Iverson said.
Dalton Johnson: Draymond’s reaction to Spain passing Team USA in the FIBA men’s basketball world rankings pic.twitter.com/bpqfEj6J1n
FIBA: 𝗕𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗞𝗜𝗡𝗚: Spain seize the #1 spot for the first time in FIBA Men’s World Ranking history! ￼ See the full rankings here, presented by @Nike
Australia maintains the 3rd spot and every national team until the 12th position, occupied by the Czech Republic, hasn’t moved since the previous update. Iran enters the top 20. Sergio Scariolo commented on the news with kind words. “It is not exactly a new title and probably cannot be maintained for too long, but it is something so unique, prestigious, and historical that I am tremendously proud of all those who, from U12 to the Absolute, have contributed to it”, he said on Twitter.
The U.S. would have wrapped up a World Cup spot with a win. The Americans now will have to wait until at least Monday, when they play host to Colombia. “You have to give them credit,” U.S. coach Jim Boylen said. “They played well, they executed well and their size and physicality bothered us. We’ve got to learn from this moment.”
Jeff Zillgitt: USA Basketball men’s senior team falls to Brazil 94-79 in a World Cup qualifying game; U.S. would have qualified for 2023 FIBA World Cup with a victory, but it still has chances to qualify in upcoming games. Brazil’s size hurt the U.S. Bruno Cabloco with 24 points for Brazil.