BEIJING (AP) — Their closing sport at the World Cup had been over for plenty of minutes, and each and every member of the U.S. team and training workers were level-headed lingering collectively on the court docket.
They were ready to trip dwelling.
They factual weren’t ready to trip their separate suggestions.
For USA Basketball, summer season ended Saturday with an 87-seventy four grab over Poland in the seventh-order sport at the World Cup, the bottom attain ever by a U.S. team in a essential world event. Donovan Mitchell carried out with sixteen capabilities and 10 assists, Joe Harris scored 14 and the U.S. wrapped up its have faith in China with a 6-2 fable.
And when it used to be over, as his gamers signed each and every diverse’s jerseys in the locker room as souvenirs, U.S. coach Gregg Popovich insisted this team has nothing to be ashamed about.
“Whenever you happen to don’t grab, any other folks will play the blame sport,” Popovich said. “There’s no blame to be placed any place. They play the shame sport, like we desires to be ashamed because of we didn’t grab a gold medal? That’s a ridiculous attitude. It is immature. It is smug. And it reveals that whoever thinks that would no longer respect all the different groups on the planet and would no longer respect that these guys did the finest they would possibly also simply.”
Khris Middleton had thirteen capabilities, six rebounds and 6 assists for the Americans. Derrick White scored 12 and Harrison Barnes added 10 for the U.S., which led by 17 at the half however had to stave off a Poland rally in the closing minutes.
The mantra the Americans carried into Saturday used to be to attain the day out the appropriate draw, and in addition they got it completed.
“I am going to observe abet on it and have faith amazing recollections,” Harris said. “These are friendships that are very genuine, the build we have fashioned a selected bond going through what we factual did collectively. … These form of fellows who I would possibly no longer have faith had a likelihood to grab otherwise are actually a pair of of my closest mates. It is genuine in that draw.”
There used to be small to play for excluding pride — and the Americans were playing with the realization that for a pair of of them, it without problems will seemingly be their closing time wearing the red, white and blue uniforms with “USA” for the duration of the chest. The roster for the U.S. day out to the Tokyo Olympics subsequent summer season is seemingly to observe critically diverse than this one.
“For me, here’s an fabulous abilities,” Mitchell said. “All people likes to observe at the highest goal, however if you level-headed down and replicate, I played on Team USA. That’s amazing for me. I comprise that in itself is fabulous. So sure, it used to be positively worth it.”
Poland coach Mike Taylor moreover chanced on the World Cup Most indispensable — especially Saturday.
He’s an American, lives in Florida, is proud of how a ways he’s taken Poland’s program, is conscious of most of the phrases to the Polish nationwide anthem — however mouthed alongside with the phrases to “The Huge title-Spangled Banner” when it played pregame.
“I’ve been coaching with nationwide groups, four years with the Czech Republic and now six years with Poland,” Taylor said, his sing cracking moderately. “That’s plenty of anthems you’ve heard. And I never imagined in my life that I would hear the US. It draw a lot and it’s no longer one thing you grab as a correct.”
Mateusz Ponitka scored 18 capabilities, Adam Waczynski had 17 and Louisville-born A.J. Slaughter carried out with 15 for Poland (4-4), which used to be in the World Cup for the first time since 1967.
“You watch down at the U.S. bench, you gaze one of many supreme coaches ever in Coach Pop, you gaze Steve Kerr, you gaze all those guys and that you would possibly well per chance also’t imagine it,” Slaughter said. “It used to be a permanent moment that I’ll have faith for the rest of my life.”
Popovich said it’s too early to mediate what USA Basketball desires to manufacture before making ready for the Tokyo Games. But he warned — factual as two-time gold medalist Kobe Bryant did on Friday — that the times of American romps to gold are completed.
“There are plenty of marvelous groups on the planet,” Popovich said. “It is no longer written in stone that the US is supposed to stroll to a championship. That’s rather frail-college thinking. Even the groups that have faith acquired in the previous had plenty of end calls.”
When it’s miles time for that Tokyo team to rep assembled, Mitchell made it decided that he desires to be fragment of the squad.
“I comprise I actually have faith to advantage for them to ask,” Mitchell said. “But I desire to be there.”
U.S.: Kemba Walker (neck) didn’t play, joining Boston Celtics teammates Jayson Tatum (left ankle) and Marcus Neat (left hand) on the U.S. injured checklist. White started in Walker’s order at level guard. … Timing is every thing — the 6-2 fable for the U.S. here used to be better than silver-medalist Serbia (5-4) and bronze-medalist France (6-Three) at the closing World Cup. But losing in the quarterfinals doomed the U.S. medal hopes.
Poland: The team had three gamers who played at the Division I stage — Slaughter used to be a four-year player at Western Kentucky, guard Karol Gruszecki spent two years at Texas-Arlington and center Dominik Olejniczak started his occupation at Drake, then played two seasons at Ole Fade out and would possibly well also simply play this year at Florida Direct as a graduate transfer. … Poland started 4-Zero in China, then dropped its closing four video games.
Serbia rallied from a 9-level halftime deficit to beat the Czech Republic ninety-Eighty one for fifth order Saturday. Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 31 for Serbia, and Nikola Jokic carried out with seven capabilities, 14 rebounds and 7 assists. Patrick Auda scored sixteen for the Czechs.
U.S.: Has certified for 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Poland: Will grab half in qualifying for 2020 Tokyo Olympics subsequent year.