World Cup no biggie for USA Basketball

first_imgSome nations like the Philippines and Australia are taking matters too seriously, sadly even trying to rearrange each other’s mug in order to qualify for basketball’s World Cup in 2019.As a consequence, the national teams of both countries are now hurting physically and emotionally following an on-court brawl, among the worst in the annals of basketball during a World Cup qualifier at Philippine Arena in Bulacan last month.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal While basketball’s have-nots are trying damn hard to survive the qualifiers, the United States team, the reigning World Cup champion made up of basketball’s biggest superstars, is letting the process run its course.After all, basketball is only a game.USA Basketball’s two-day mini-camp ended in Las Vegas last Friday, and what’s next for the national team that will defend the World Cup in China is up in the air.If Team USA qualifies in February, 12 players will be selected from a pool of 35.But even before probable national team members like LeBron James, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul and James Harden could see action, it will be up to the NBA G-League players currently bannering USA Basketball in the qualifiers to land a berth in China.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms URCC fetes celebrity athletes LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Suspensions meted out after the melee by the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) are causing bitter beer faces for the Filipinos more than the Aussies.With 10 players and two coaches suspended, Fiba’s action effectively decimated the Philippine national team, forcing basketball’s local governing body to withdraw from the Asian Games in Indonesia later this month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’This will be only the second time that the Philippines, a four-time Asiad gold medalist and bronze medal winner in 1998, won’t play since 1951.As can be expected in a country where basketball is treated like religion, reaction against the team’s pullout was brisk and blistering. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’re not going anywhere if we don’t qualify,” national team coach and San Antonio Spurs mentor Gregg Popovich said matter-of-factly.Veteran Baguio newsman Ramon Dacawi has sent a “long shot” appeal to NBA megastar and philanthropist LeBron James that he prays “will find its mark.”Dacawi 67, is facing a lifetime of dialysis due to kidney failure caused by diabetes.In a letter to the James Family Foundation, Dacawi is seeking financial help for a kidney transplant because he said even in “my senior years and condition, life is still beautiful.”Also a former mayoral spokesman, Dacawi is a longtime advocate of kidney patients and has initiated a signature campaign to ask Congress to make dialysis a free medical service.His letter was shared with his permission by ABS-CBN Northern Luzon bureau chief Dhobie De Guzman.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View commentslast_img

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