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It seemed like this year's USA Basketball team would rely on outside shooting and scoring from slashing guards like James Harden to offset the loss of dynamic wings like Paul George and Kevin Durant.
The only thing worse for USA Basketball than failing to win the FIBA World Cup would be if another of its stars suffers a serious injury.
Far more important than Derrick Rose's performance for Team USA is his health.
Toronto Raptors wing DeMar DeRozan isn't a regular contributor for Team USA, but has thrived in the little court-time he's received during the FIBA World Cup nonetheless.
Kenneth Faried came into Team USA's Wednesday game against the Dominican Republic shooting an insane 81 percent from the field in FIBA World Cup play.
The Haka dance caused one player on New Zealand to stick out his tongue, which led to this reaction from Team USA.
The value of energy in basketball knows no bounds, especially when coupled with athleticism like Kenneth Faried's.
This World Cup squad isn't the one USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo envisioned before this summer.
Damian Lillard was always a long-shot to make Team USA.
There's precedent for members of Team USA to use their summer with the national program as a springboard to a career season in the NBA.
There's nothing Anthony Davis can't do on a basketball court.
And Kyrie Irving's charmed offseason continues.
This iteration of Team USA is built far differently than those of the recent past.
The FIBA World Cup is upon us, and USA Basketball is looking to extend their streak of global supremacy.
Kenneth Faried was among the longest of shots to make Team USA's World Cup roster when the finalized pool of training camp candidates was announced in mid-July.