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The United States, Argentina’s opponent in the semi-finals (fiba.basketball)

The United States traveled to Recife, Brazil, intent on continuing to expand their legacy in the history of basketball. Although they cut themselves off from their basic figures and did not present a team of basketball players, who currently play in the best league on the planet, the men commanded by Alexander Young Jensen (member of the technical staff of Utah Jazz) gave the fight. The Promise Argentina team, one of the main contenders for the title. Its 12 teams have former NBA athletes and European teams.

“like us, The United States comes in low-to-high tournaments, with players we know from Europe and others from the NBA past. They are talented and sporty, we have to give 100%. It will be a spicy match that will be defined in detail, ”warns Facundo Campazo, Star albicellesteApproaching the semi-final.

After a poor performance at the 2019 World Cup in China, where they finished seventh, the American team revived by winning their fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal at Tokyo 2020. Moreover, without their main tricks, he maintained a solid footing. FIBA Americas qualified for the 2023 Basketball World Cup by winning five of their six matches in Group D. They then qualified for the next round with an easy 105-71 win over Uruguay.

In AmeriCup, a competition that made him the ultimate champion by winning in 2017 From 81-76 against Argentina in the final, they fell 67-73 against Mexico as they started somewhat erratically. However, they then won against Panama (88 to 58) and Venezuela (101 to 49). In the quarterfinals, he had to sweat more than necessary to finish narrowly in Puerto Rico (85 to 84).

Norris Cole was NBA champion with the Miami Heat (Photo by Mike Ehrman/Getty Images) (Mike Ehrman/)

Number one in the FIBA ​​World Rankings He is participating in this tournament for the tenth time, which he has won seven times (followed by Brazil, with four gold medals). Note that in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015 he did not participate and came back winner of the 2017 edition.

The North Americans, as they have done for many years for this type of event, arrived in Brazil with a replacement crew. For example, he went to Tokyo with names like Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, Damien Liller, Jason Tatum and went to the World Cup in China with Kemba Walker, Donovan Mitchell, Khris Middleton and Marcus Smart. Already in the windows leading up to the World Cup, G-League promises, alternating with some of the most recognized like Jordan Bell and Isaiah Thomas, have lowered the upper tier.

One of the most high-profile names on the current team is Norris Cole, a 33-year-old veteran guard who won two NBA rings with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013. He also defended the New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder jerseys. Their last stops in Europe were ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne, Unicaza Málaga and JL Bourg.

He is currently the team’s top scorer with 15 points (the sixth-highest scorer in the tournament table led by Argentine Gabriel Deque) and a 59.1% save percentage in triples. He also contributes 2.3 rebounds and 4 assists per game (tenth in this section). Cole also scored a crucial brace in the win over Puerto Rico.

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Patrick McCaw was the NBA champion with the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) (Vaughan Ridley/)

Patrick Macaw, The 26-year-old, 7-foot full-back is one of Jensen’s guys who knows what it’s like to have a championship ring in your house. native of missouri He was part of the Golden Set (2017 and 2018) and Toronto (2019) teams when they won the NBA. He has contributed just 3 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2 assists so far.

The other NBA champion on the team is one of the most experienced shooting guards. Jodie Meeks (35). He made history by contributing his grain of sand to the victory of the Toronto Raptors in 2019. The athlete also defended the jerseys of the Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards, with 8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2 assists.

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Jodie Meeks, another member of Team USA who won the NBA ring (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) (Von Ridley/)

The second top scorer for the United States is Jeremy Pargo. With an average of 11.3 goals. That 5.3. With Deputy Team Leader (Fourth in the tournament, a category led by Facundo Campazo). The 36-year-old fullback, who now plays for the Windy City Bulls in the G-League, played for Napoli in Italy and for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Memphis Grizzlies, Philadelphia 76ers and Golden State Warriors.

It is also to assess the function of Craig SwordA 28-year-old point guard who, after not being selected for the draft and passing through Poland, Mexico and the G-League, Had a brief stint with the Washington Wizards last season. The basketball player, who also played in the current playoffs with Team USA, is averaging 10.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists.

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Jeremy Pargo, best assistant in the United States (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) (Jim McIsaac/)

2.11m Giant Stephen Zimmermann He is one of the defensive mainstays for the United States in this AmeriCup, averaging 8.8 rebounds (2nd best of the tournament, second only to Angel Delgado of the Dominican Republic). A G-League selected by the Orlando Magic in 2016 and passed through Australia.

Rounding out the roster were point guard Frank Mason (former Sacramento Kings, Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic), shooter Eliza Pemberton, forward Will Davis, forward Anthony Lamb (former Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs), forward Zylan Cheetham (New Orleans). was done. Pelicans) and forward Gary Clark (Houston Rockets, Orlando Magics, Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia 76ers and New Orleans Pelicans).

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