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Team USA will play an exhibition game against Puerto Rico on Aug. 7 in Las Vegas to start its preparations for the FIBA World Cup later this summer. USA Basketball announced Tuesday that the game will be played at T-Mobile Arena at 10 p.m. ET. It will come at the conclusion of a weeklong training camp at their traditional home at UNLV to be held by new national team coach Steve Kerr.
“Paolo is a player that I know extremely well,” Hill commented. “I’ve followed his college basketball career and I was able to see his progress this season as a rookie multiple times since I live in Orlando. Paolo is an extraordinary talent and he’s already a top player in the league. For sure, he’s one of those players that we’re following for the World Cup and also for the future of Team USA.”
Hill also commented on the situation of Joel Embiid, the reigning NBA MVP. The Philadelphia 76ers star has recently received an American passport but in the recent past, he also showed interest in playing for the French national team. “I’ve known Joel for many years, he’s a very smart person and has an unbelievable talent. Even Joel has multiple options on his table,” Hill explained. “We’d be happy to have him with us, that’s for sure. But let’s give him a bit of time and see what’s going to happen.”
Larry Bird’s jersey, also from the semifinal against Lithuania, sold for $360,000, while a pair of Bird game-used sneakers sold for $91,200 — records for a Bird jersey and sneakers. In a 2023 addendum to “Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals,” Magic Johnson wasn’t far behind, as his semifinal jersey sold for $336,000 — a record for a game-used Olympics Magic item.