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The United States men's national basketball team is competing in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup. After winning the past two World Cups in 2010 and 2014, they were seeking to become the first country to capture three straight gold medals. With high-profile players electing not to participate, Team USA was devoid of A-list players from the National Basketball Association (NBA). They lost to France in the quarterfinals, ending their 58-game winning streak in FIBA (International Basketball Federation) and Olympic competition. Normally played every four years, the tournament was moved from its expected 2018 playing to avoid conflicting with soccer's World Cup schedule as the potential to put eight men inside the top eight this March.
Team USA might have hit rock bottom with another loss, but it was a great game for two Kings.
This team will look different in Tokyo, but if superstars don't save the day, their margin for error won't necessarily be massive
It will be interesting to see what kind of a team they put together for the 2020 Olympics. We will need more NBA starters then we have now for the FIBA and Pan American games.