For the U.S., it was just another World Cup another debacle. They finished seventh in China four years ago, fourth in Manila — losing three of their final four games — and now have less than 12 months to regroup for the Paris Games and the quest to win a fifth consecutive Olympic gold medal. Team USA coach Steve Kerr had to listen to Brooks receive MVP chants as the game ended. One can only imagine what that felt like for Kerr, a five-time NBA champion as a player and a four-time champ as a coach. Meantime, Canada has major momentum going into the Paris Olympics. Imagine how good this team could be with Wiggins and Murray? One thing’s for sure: Canada Basketball, long a dormant monster on the international scene, looks ready to storm onto the world scene and be a factor for years to come. “It is exciting to think about the profile that basketball will have across the country for the next year as the excitement builds toward Paris 2024, similar to what the Raptors NBA championship did a few years ago,” Konchalski said. “More and more young boys and girls will pick up a basketball rather than a hockey stick!” Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter Follow ZAGSBLOGHoops on Instagram And Like ZAGS on Facebook
The NBA today announced that 120 international players from 40 countries are on opening-night rosters for the 2022-23 season.— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) October 18, 2022
This marks the first time that opening-night rosters have at least 120 international players in consecutive seasons.
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