USA stars who couldn’t be against Argentina

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 basketball history, but he met the Argentina team and lost in the semifinals 82–73. However, they moved away from their basic figures and did not present a team with basketball players who currently play in the best league on the planet, commanded by Alexander Young Jensen (member of the technical staff of Utah Jazz) by great North Americans. The title contender due to his 12 selected athletes with past appearances in NBA 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”, 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 He started somewhat erratically, going 81-76 against Argentina in the final, 67-73 against Mexico. 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)

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 prominent names on the current team was Norris Cole, a 33-year-old veteran guard who went on to win 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.

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

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.

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

The second top scorer for the United States is Jeremy Pargo and he is also the assistant team leader.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.

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

2.11m Giant Stephen Zimmermann He was 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 squad that finished this Saturday was point guard Frank Mason (former Sacramento Kings, Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magics), shooter Eliza Pemberton, forward Will Davis, forward Anthony Lamb (former Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs). . Zillan Cheatham (New Orleans Pelicans) and forward Gary Clark (Houston Rockets, Orlando Magics, Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia 76ers and New Orleans Pelicans).

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